Trump warns US in ‘very dangerous position’ in first interview since raid – live

What happened during the FBI Mar-a-Lago raid?

Donald Trump has given his first interview since the Mar-a-Lago raid, a discussion with Fox News Digital in which he acknowledged that the temperature of public discourse “has to be brought down” as angry supporters fume at the FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago home.

However, he continued to frame the raid as part of a political witch hunt against him rather than a law enforcement action executed according to due process.

“The country is in a very dangerous position,” Mr Trump warned the outlet. “There is tremendous anger, like I’ve never seen before, over all of the scams, and this new one – years of scams and witch hunts, and now this.”

The FBI has warned that threats against federal law enforcement personnel are spiking dramatically in the wake of the raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home last week.

A memo issued jointly by the bureau and the Department of Homeland Security warns of “the potential for domestic violent extremists to carry out attacks…in reaction to the FBI’s recent execution of a court-authorized search warrant in Palm Beach, Florida”. The bulletin even warns of a threat to “place a so-called Dirty Bomb in front of FBI headquarters”.


Lindsey Graham on Fulton County subpoena defeat

Lindsey Graham has lost his attempt to fend off a subpoena from the district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia, but he apparently still has no intention of complying until he’s exhausted his options.

Here’s a statement just put out by his office:


Trump complains of “scams” while warning of dangerous anger at Mar-a-Lago raid

Donald Trump has warned that “terrible things are going to happen” as he faces the blame for violence and threats directed at FBI agents.

In his first post-raid interview, the former president told Fox News Digital this morning that “The country is in a very dangerous position. There is tremendous anger, like I’ve never seen before, over all of the scams, and this new one – years of scams and witch hunts, and now this.”

Despite the FBI’s warnings and his own professed intention to help lower the temperature, Mr Trump continues to describe the raid as an act of political persecution.

“There has never been a time like this where law enforcement has been used to break into the house of a former president of the United States, and there is tremendous anger in the country – at a level that has never been seen before, other than during very perilous times,” he said.


Armed Trump supporters protest at FBI office in Phoenix

Armed supporters of former president Donald Trump protested outside the FBI’s office in Phoenix, Arizona, amid the news of the FBI’s search of Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida.

Some the protesters on Friday held signs saying “Honor your oath: Arrest all traitors”. Others were dressed in military fatigues with bullet-proof vests with rifles, according to Fox 10, the Fox affiliate in Phoenix.

Arizona has become a hotbed of pro-Trump acolytes. After the search on Mr Trump’s home, far-right Representative Paul Gosar called for “a complete dismantling and elimination of the democrat brown shirts known as the FBI”.


Lindsey Graham loses fight against subpoena

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has been fighting hard against a subpoena from the district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia, who has convened a grand jury to hear evidence on Donald Trump and his associates’ efforts to pressure state officials into overturning the 2020 election.

Now, a judge has dealt Mr Graham a blow: despite his best efforts, he will have to testify after all.

Mr Graham is in the frame because of a phonecall he made to Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, in November 2020, a conversation in which he reportedly asked Mr Raffensperger whether he had the power to toss out mail-in ballots from certain counties.


Rising extremism: Turning Point leader fires up right-wing crowd

At a conference of his Turning Point USA organisation this weekend, Trumpist agitator Charlie Kirk gave an incendiary speech to his assembled audience of right-wing followers, telling them that the raid on Mar-a-Lago was an attack not just on Donald Trump, but on them as Americans.

Demanding that his followers tell everyone they can that the raid “only makes me like Trump even more,” he also reiterated what has become a shibboleth of sorts on a particular wing of the American right: that the US is “a republic, not a democracy”.

Mr Kirk presents himself as an acceptable face of intellectual conservatism, but is also open about his association with far-right figues such as the notorious white supremacist disinformation agent Jack Posobiec.

He also attracts fans and listeners on the extremes of the right-wing movement: at an event in Idaho last year, he was asked by an audience member “When do we get to use the guns?” and “How many elections are they going to steal before we kill these people?”

Mr Kirk answered by warning the man he was “playing into all [the left’s] plans, and they’re trying to make you do this”. When asked to identify “the line” that when crossed would require murderous, violent action, Mr Kirk did not dispute that such a point existed, but instead replied: “The line is when we exhaust every single one of our state ability to push back against what’s happening.


Pro-Trump “cult” leader wants him arrested – to vindicate surreal conspiracy theory

Michael Protzman, who leads a hardcore QAnon-adjacent cult under the moniker Negative48, appears to be treating the Mar-a-Lago raid as an opportunity, hoping that it results in the FBI arresting the former president and fingerprinting him – so that they discover he is not in fact Donald Trump, but the living, breathing John F. Kennedy.

Mr Protzman last year gathered a group of believers in Dallas to witness the anticipated return of JFK and his son JFK Jr, whom a small and particularly extreme segment of the wider QAnon community believes did not in fact die. Reports from relatives of those who stayed with him in Dallas – some for several months – say that they kept themselves in state of hyper-aware sleep deprivation, and even that they may have drunk bleach.

Mr Protzman has previously promoted the theory that the Donald Trump seen in public is in fact JFK in disguise, including after an Arizona rally in January this year.


Pro-Trump DC protest cancelled

A pro-Trump protest that was scheduled to be held outside the FBI headquarters in Washington DC over the weekend was cancelled after it was promoted on far-right blogs as a suspected “trap”, The Daily Beast reported.

Following the FBI raid at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, supporters of the former president began reupping a call to arms across social media platforms and alt-right blogs to coordinate protests outside the offices of the federal agency responsible for domestic intelligence and security service. But then conspiracies began speculating throughout pro-Trump media forums that the event was a “trap” and could perhaps be co-opted by the same agency the supporters were protesting.


Man dies after mounting car “attack” near US Capitol

A man is reportedly dead after allegedly ramming his car into a barricade near the US Capitol, causing it to catch fire, before producing a weapon and shooting “indiscriminately” near the building.

The crash occurred around 4am eastern time. The man was later identified as 29-year-old Richard Aaron York.

The Independent has reached out to Capitol Police for comment and verification. Congress is not currently in session.


On finding classified documents in the White House ladies’ room

Olivia Troye, a former homeland security staffer who left the Trump administration in alarm at what she witnessed, appeared on MSNBC yesterday to discuss an alleged incident in which she stumbled upon classified documents in a White House ladies’ room – and what she did to make sure the information was appropriately secured:


New Hampshire’s Senate race is one of this year’s most competitive, with Democrat Maggie Hassan fighting to hold onto a seat she won by an extremely slim margin in 2016. Her Republican challengers (or most of them) appeared this weekend at a debate hosted by a group that promotes false claims that the 2020 election was stolen – and per reporting from Republican-backed state outlet, some of the positions aired were outre even by today’s standards:

The questions focused on issues discussed among far-right activists, such as “where do our rights come from” or the legitimacy of the investigation into the January 6th riot on Capitol Hill. ([Candidate Bruce] Fenton called January 6th a “nothing burger” and said people upset by it have been “brainwashed.”)

[Candidate Kevin] Smith was booed when he declined to support shutting down the FBI or declaring it a terrorist organization. Instead, he said he supports a top-down review. “I believe at its core, it’s a good institution, and I believe there are fine men and women who want to do their jobs and want to protect us.”

[Candidate Don] Bolduc said the political appointees need to be held accountable by Congress, and he called the FBI’s actions in Mar-a-Lago illegitimate, no matter what is found in Trump’s house.

“You shouldn’t be able to raid a former president’s house at any time,” Bolduc said.

And again, Felton was very direct: “It’s time to abolish the FBI and replace it with nothing.”

The primary is held on 13 September.