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August 12, 2022

FBI Searches Donald Trump’s Florida Home

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Summary

Former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence was searched Monday night by the FBI. Reports suggest the search was a part of investigations into whether Trump took classified records from the White House to his Florida home, marking a dramatic escalation into various investigations swirling around him. Carrie Johnson, who covers the Justice Department NPR, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss. For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Five Facts

  • Who is interviewed in this story, and what is her background? 
  • Where is Mar-a-Lago, and what role does it serve in Trump’s life and business?
  • What does it appear FBI agents were looking for in Mar-a-Lago?
  • How did Trump and allies react to the search?
  • Why might the FBI have conducted the search rather than simply ask Trump for missing materials, according to this story?

Focus Questions

Do you think law enforcement should be less willing to investigate presidents, former presidents and political candidates who are suspected of having violated the law? What are the potential reasons to be more or less willing to prosecute important political figures?

Media literacy: What key questions about the FBI search and the targeted documents were not answered by this story? How could those questions be answered?

For More

For more on the early response to the search on Trump’s home and hotel, watch the following videos.

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Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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