On Thursday, US Attorney General Merrick Garland, who has tended to stay out of the political spotlight, defended the FBI's search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home on Monday, saying he personally approved the decision. Garland also announced the Justice Department would move to unseal the search warrant and property receipt, saying it was "authorized by a federal court upon the required finding of probable cause."
If nothing else can be said with certainty about Donald Trump after a week of coverage filled with speculation about the purpose of the FBI search at Mar-a-Lago, it is that he still has the biggest cable TV news channel, Fox News, solidly behind him. He also has the editorial boards of The Wall Street Journal and New York Post, two other major platforms owned by Rupert Murdoch, on his side so far.
The US government has a formal system of protecting information that, if disclosed, could hurt national security.
The federal criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump's potential mishandling of classified documents ramped up this week in significant and unprecedented fashion, with the FBI executing a search warrant at Trump's home at his Mar-a-Lago resort.