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Republican aides and strategists privately expect Attorney General Merrick Garland to pursue an indictment of former President Trump within 60 to 90 days after Election Day, predicting the window for prosecuting Trump will close once the 2024 presidential campaign gains momentum. President Biden’s remarks reflect the urgent concern in Washington and among Western allies that Russia may be searching for a pretext to unleash a battlefield nuclear weapon.
Former President Trump asked a federal judge on Monday to reject the Department of Justice’s request for a stay of her ruling to let a special master review evidence seized from his Mar-a-Lago residence last month.
It’s the latest in a glut of court filings in Trump’s dispute with the Justice Department over his handling of classified documents after his time in office.
“In what at its core is a document storage dispute that has spiraled out of control, the Government wrongfully seeks to criminalize the possession by the 45th President of his own Presidential and personal records,” Trump’s lawyers wrote in the filing.
- The lawyers added that there “is … a risk of irreparable injury to President Trump if the documents are not first reviewed by a neutral third party,” the filing said.
The DOJ last week appealed U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon’s ruling that a special master should be appointed to sift through the evidence at Trump’s Florida residence.
- The DOJ also filed a motion for a partial stay of Cannon’s order, pending an appeal, saying that the intelligence community’s review “cannot be readily segregated” from the criminal investigation.
- “Moreover, the government and the public are irreparably injured when a criminal investigation of matters involving risks to national security is enjoined,” the DOJ wrote in the motion for a stay.
- Both Trump and the DOJ on Friday each filed a list of proposed special master candidates to review the evidence seized from Mar-a-Lago last month.
Biden’s approval rating jumped 6.6 points to 49, the highest since April. The IBD/TIPP presidential job approval measure indicates that 49% of adults who stated an opinion approve of Biden’s job performance and 51% disapprove, in a measure that excludes those who were unsure or declined to state an opinion.
Including the full survey group, 46% of American adults approve how Biden is handling the presidency, and 48% disapprove. That net -2 approval rating improved from August’s -14, with 39% approval and 53% disapproval. It also marks an improvement from July’s -9, with 40% approval and 49% disapproval, as well as June’s -12 with 37% approval and 49% disapproval.
The bounce in Biden’s approval rating came as his standing among independents improved from dire levels. Net disapproval of Biden narrowed to 21 points among independents from 36 points in August. Now, 57% of independents pan Biden’s job performance and 36% approve. That compares with 62%-26% in August and 60%-26% in July.