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FBI seized ‘top secret’ files in raid on Trump home

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US federal agents who searched ex-US president Donald Trump’s Florida home this week removed 11 sets of classified documents including some marked as top secret, says Justice Department.

FBI agents recovered records marked “top secret” during their search of former president Donald Trump’s Florida estate, according to documents made public in an investigation that includes possible violations of the US Espionage Act.

The warrant and related materials, unsealed by a Florida judge on Friday, showed agents took away with them a significant amount of classified files after the raid, which ignited a political firestorm in an already bitterly divided country.

The extraordinary search was partly based on suspicions of violations of the US Espionage Act related to the illegal retention of sensitive defence documents, the warrant showed.

Some of the papers were marked “top secret” and were “meant to be only available in special government facilities,” said the unsealed seven-page federal court filing.

The filing contained a list of items removed from Mar-a-Lago, including information about the “President of France,” and the warrant to search the palatial estate in Palm Beach.

READ MORE: Trump calls for ‘immediate release’ of Mar-a-Lago search warrant

Trump: FBI may have ‘planted’ docs

The Wall Street Journal said within the 20 boxes of items carted away by FBI agents were binders of photos, a handwritten note and the grant of clemency made by Trump to Roger Stone, an ally of the former president.

The Washington Post on Thursday cited anonymous sources close to the investigation as saying classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the papers sought during the raid.

Trump himself appeared to deny the claim, posting that the “nuclear weapons issue is a hoax” and even suggesting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation might have been “planting information” at his home.

He claimed that the documents seized by agents were “all declassified,” and argued that he would have turned over the documents to the Justice Department if asked.

While incumbent presidents have the power to declassify information, that authority lapses as soon as they leave office and it was not clear if the documents in question have ever been declassified.

Trump also kept possession of the documents despite multiple requests from agencies, including the National Archives, to turn over presidential records in accordance with federal law.

READ MORE: US agents reportedly looked for nuclear files in Trump house raid

Political storm

The highly unusual move to unseal the search warrant was announced by Attorney General Merrick Garland –– the country’s top law enforcement officer –– who said he had “personally approved” the raid on Trump’s home.

Leading Republicans have rallied around Trump and some members of his party have accused the Justice Department and FBI of partisanship in targeting the ex-president.

In addition to investigations into his business practices, Trump faces legal scrutiny for his efforts to overturn the results of the November 2020 election, and for the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol by his supporters.

Trump was impeached for a historic second time by the House after the Capitol riot –– he was charged with inciting an insurrection –– but was acquitted by the Senate.

READ MORE: Trump invokes Fifth Amendment to evade questions over alleged fraud

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Gov’t spends USD 298 million on PSIP so far in 2022

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The President’s Office has revealed the administration spent USD298 million on Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) so far in 2022. The Spokesperson at the President’s Office Miuvaan Mohamed made the remarks during a press conference that focused on sharing information on projects under the PSIP initiated by the administration.

Speaking at the press conference, Spokesperson Miuvaan highlighted the administration had spent USD298 million on PSIP projects by the end of August and that it accounted for 76% of the total budget allocated for PSIP projects from the state budget. He conveyed statistical updates and detailed the progress of the projects in various developmental stages including the development of essential services such as electricity, water, and supply networks as well as housing projects. He said changes might be made to the timeline of the projects, depending on changes to global prices and the availability of resources but that all projects will resume without halt, adding that no island has been neglected in terms of developmental initiatives.

Furthermore, Spokesperson Miuvaan also shared insight into the notable events of the past week and elaborated on some of the upcoming events. He highlighted President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s recent visit to four islands of Haa Alifu Atoll and Haa Dhaalu Atoll, during which he met with the island councils and Women’s Development Committee (WDC) members. He noted that the representatives of the islands expressed their appreciation to the president for bringing development to the islands without bias. He also said, previously, the primary concern of council representatives was the delays in providing essential services but that it was no longer the case as the administration has been adamant about developing infrastructure in the islands.

 

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President renames Maldivian Embassy in the US

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has renamed the Embassy of the Maldives in Washington to the Embassy of the Republic of the Maldives to the United States of America (US).

The announcement was made public through a directive released by the President’s Office. He made the decision under the discretion vested in the President by Section 116(a) of the Constitution of the Maldives. The directive also specifies that the number 488 should be used in all official documents sent to the Maldivian embassy in the US.

Recently, President Solih appointed Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed as the Ambassador to the United States (US).

 

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President makes first official trip on RTL ferry

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has travelled from Utheemu to Dhidhdhoo in Haa Alifu Atoll on a Raajje Transport Link (RTL) ferry.

President Solih concluded the National Day celebrations in Utheemu and received a warm welcome from the residents in Dhidhdhoo upon his arrival. He travelled to the island to officially inaugurate the commencement of the RTL high-speed ferry service in Zone 1 of the National Public Ferry Network. He is accompanied by Minister of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure Mohamed Aslam, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) Adam Azim.

The RTL ferry service was established in Zone 1 of the National Public Ferry Network, which consists of Haa Alifu Atoll, Haa Dhaalu Atoll, and Shaviyani Atoll. Over 50,000 passengers used the service in the first three months and MTCC plans to sign a contract to manufacture 65 ferries to expand the service.

The National Public Ferry Network is a large-scale project that introduces efficient, affordable, and convenient passenger and cargo ferry services to all administrative islands of the country. In line with the Decentralisation Act, it aims to facilitate inclusive regional development by connecting people and services, accelerating social and economic growth, improving efficiency in the delivery of public services, and improving mobility and accessibility for all citizens in all areas of the nation. The government aims to connect all Maldivian islands using the ferry network by the end of 2023.

 

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