The Mysteries of Mar-a-Lago

What is in those files? Where did they come from? Whose fingerprints are on them? And who shows up on the surveillance tapes from the Trump mansion

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F.B.I. Interviewed Top White House Lawyers About Missing Trump Documents

Pat A. Cipollone and Patrick F. Philbin are the most senior people who worked for the former president who are known to have been interviewed in the investigation into his handling of classified material.

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Justice Dept. Objects to Releasing Affidavit Used to Search Trump’s Home

Prosecutors say its release would compromise the investigation into Donald J. Trump’s handling of secret documents after he left office. Now a judge must decide.

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Some Republicans Make a More Restrained Case for Defending Trump

When some G.O.P. members of Congress attacked the nation’s top law enforcement agencies immediately after the F.B.I.’s search of Mar-a-Lago, it underscored deep fissures within the party.

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Trump’s Shifting Explanations Follow a Familiar Playbook

The former president and his allies have given often conflicting defenses of his retention of classified documents, without addressing why he had kept them.

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Trump Lawyer Told Justice Dept. That Classified Material Had Been Returned

The lawyer signed a statement in June that all documents marked as classified and held in boxes in storage at Mar-a-Lago had been given back. The search at the former president’s home on Monday turned up more.

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Takeaways From the Unsealed Warrant for the Search of Trump’s Home

The Justice Department’s warrant and two critical supporting memos shed considerable light on the investigation into former President Donald J. Trump’s handling of official documents.

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Seized Documents Were Part of an Inquiry Into Violation of the Espionage Act and Two Other Laws

The materials included some marked as top secret and meant to be viewed only in secure government facilities, according to a copy of the warrant.

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Trump claims he declassified all the documents at Mar-a-Lago. Even if that’s true, it probably doesn’t matter.

None of the three criminal laws cited in the search warrant turn on whether documents have been deemed to be classified.

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Takeaways From Garland’s Statement on the F.B.I.’s Mar-a-Lago Search

The fact that Attorney General Merrick B. Garland felt compelled to speak at all says much about an investigation he has described as the most consequential in history.

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Are Democrats Bungling Their Outreach to Voters?

Readers react to a guest essay critical of email fund-raising appeals with a desperate tone. Also: The raid at Mar-a-Lago; the Alex Jones case.

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F.B.I. Search of Trump’s Home Pushes Long Conflict Into Public View

Justice Department officials were worried that the former president had not fully complied with requests to return material taken from the White House that included possible classified information.

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The F.B.I. Search of Trump’s Home Has No Precedent. It’s a Risky Gamble.

The search of former President Donald J. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate is a high-risk gamble by the Justice Department, but Mr. Trump faces risks of his own.

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Secret Service Says Some Missing Jan. 6 Texts Are Unlikely to Be Recovered

The House committee investigating the attack on the Capitol had subpoenaed text messages from the agents’ phones and other materials.

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Prosecutors Pursue Inquiry Into Trump’s Handling of Classified Material

A federal grand jury has issued at least one subpoena, and investigators are seeking interviews in the case of sensitive documents that ended up at the former president’s Florida home.

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F.B.I. Preparing to Investigate How Classified Material Went to Trump’s Home

Federal authorities want to know more about how sensitive national security information came to be in 15 boxes of documents and mementos sent to Mar-a-Lago from the White House.

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How to Find Newly Released Census Records From 1950

It is now easy to access information on individuals from that census, but beware of misspelled names.

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Seven Decades Later, the 1950 Census Bares Its Secrets

Federal law kept the answers on millions of census forms secret for 72 years. The forms go online on Friday, a bonanza for historians, genealogists and the merely curious.

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She Took the White House Photos. Trump Moved to Take the Profit.

The former chief White House photographer made plans to publish a book of Trump photos. The former president had other plans.

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Call Logs Underscore Trump’s Efforts to Sway Lawmakers on Jan. 6

New details from White House documents provided to the House panel investigating the Capitol assault show a 7-hour gap in records of calls made by the former president on the day of the riot.

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Biden Rehires National Security Staff Member Pushed Out Under Trump

The National Security Council confirmed that Ellen Knight, who told of improper pressure from Trump administration officials, was returning to help manage classified information.

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House Panel Widens Investigation of Trump’s Handling of Documents

The Oversight Committee asked the National Archives to detail material the former president took with him when he left office, including classified documents and anything he “destroyed” or “mutilated.”

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Material Recovered From Trump by Archives Included Classified Information

In a letter to Congress, the National Archives confirmed that boxes taken from the White House by the former president included classified national security documents.

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Biden Rejects Trump’s Claim of Privilege for White House Visitor Logs

The president informed the National Archives that it should turn over the logs sought by the Jan. 6 committee within 15 days.

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Trump Flouted Presidential Records Law. Will He Face Consequences?

The former president’s telephone habits and penchant for destroying papers have investigators examining the Presidential Records Act and other statutes.

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Republicans Who Railed About Clinton Emails Are Quiet on Trump’s Records

Republicans once attacked Hillary Clinton for her handling of government records. But few showed outrage over news about former President Donald J. Trump’s White House records.

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Archives Found Possible Classified Material in Boxes Returned by Trump

The National Archives consulted with the Justice Department about the discovery after the former president sent back documents that he had improperly taken from the White House when he left office.

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Trump Gives Documents Improperly Taken From White House to Archives

The incident raised more questions about the former president’s adherence to the Presidential Records Act, which requires preservation of White House documents.

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What the Trump Documents Might Tell the Jan. 6 Committee

Following last week’s Supreme Court ruling, the House panel has received material that it hopes could flesh out how the attack on the Capitol came about.

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In Rebuke to Trump, Supreme Court Won’t Block Release of Jan. 6 Files

The case was a constitutional clash on the scope of executive privilege and whether a former president may invoke it when the current one has waived it.

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Trump Asks Supreme Court to Block Release of Jan. 6 Records

The case is a constitutional clash on the scope of executive privilege and on whether a former president may invoke it when the current one has waived it.

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Court Urged to Let Jan. 6 Panel See Trump White House Files

In appellate briefs, lawyers for the House and the Justice Department argued against the former president’s claim of executive privilege.

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Court Issues Brief Hold on Release of Trump Files in Jan. 6 Inquiry

Congress had been set to receive the first batch of Trump White House files from the National Archives on Friday, a move that the former president has fought.

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Swift Ruling in Jan. 6 Case Tests Trump’s Tactic of Delay

The former president has leveraged the slow judicial process in the past to thwart congressional oversight, but the Jan. 6 case may be different.

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Judge Rejects Trump’s Bid to Keep Papers Secret in Jan. 6 Inquiry

But a Trump lawyer has signaled an intent to appeal the ruling, which raises novel issues about an ex-president’s executive privilege powers.

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Judge Questions Trump’s Grounds for Keeping Jan. 6 Documents Secret

In a hearing on Thursday, a federal judge voiced skepticism about the former president’s claim that hundreds of pages of documents related to the riot should be shielded by executive privilege.

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Court Filing Lists Documents Trump Seeks to Withhold From Jan. 6 Inquiry

The National Archives says the former president is asserting executive privilege over phone logs, notes and other records concerning the attack on the Capitol.

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House Panel Recommends Contempt Charge for Stephen Bannon

The committee scrutinizing the Jan. 6 Capitol riot said the former White House counselor had “multiple roles relevant to this investigation.”

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Stephen Bannon May Get Contempt Charge in Jan. 6 Case

The committee scrutinizing the Jan. 6 Capitol riot said the former White House counselor had “multiple roles relevant to this investigation.”

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Trump’s Claim of Executive Privilege in the Jan. 6. Inquiry, Explained

A new lawsuit by the ex-president and a move to hold Stephen Bannon in contempt of Congress are raising untested issues about secrecy powers.

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Trump Sues to Block Release of White House Papers to Jan. 6 Inquiry

The case raises novel constitutional questions about the scope of an ex-president’s executive privilege powers if the current president disagrees.

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Sam Anthony, Facing Death, Found the Courage to Find His Father

After struggling with cancer for years, Sam Anthony was running out of time. Before he died, he found the courage to mail a letter that he had long been afraid to send.

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Meadows Pressed Justice Dept. to Investigate Election Fraud Claims

Emails show the increasingly urgent efforts by President Trump and his allies during his last days in office to find some way to undermine, or even nullify, the election results.

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The Record Keepers’ Rave

Every month, the archival institutions of this nation unleash tiny particles of the past in a frenzy of online revelry.

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White House Accused of Intervening to Keep Bolton’s Book From Becoming Public

A career official said political appointees “commandeered” the prepublication review process.

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