Donald Trump has sued the US government over the FBI’s search of his Mar-a-Lago home in an effort to prevent agency officials from inspecting certain documents seized without the supervision of a third party.
Sources told the Guardian that the suit argues “that the court should appoint a special master – usually a lawyer or retired judge – because the FBI has potentially seized privileged documents in its search and the Justice Department should not decide for itself what it can use in its investigation”.
The suit, filed in Florida district court, “also requires the government to provide a more detailed receipt for the property; and … compels the government to return any item seized that was not covered by the search warrant”.
The Aug. 8 search was undertaken to seek official records and documents from Trump’s presidency that the National Archives and the DoJ believe were improperly removed from the White House when the former president left office.
Trump claims he was abused by the Biden administration. The filed lawsuit called the search of the Florida home a “shockingly aggressive move,” adding, “Law enforcement is a shield that protects Americans. It cannot be used as a weapon for political purposes.
Fauci resigns to ‘pursue the next chapter’ of his career
America’s top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci plans to quit his job in December to “pursue the next chapter” of his career, having led the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (Niaid) since 1984.
Fauci, 81, stopped short of revealing precisely what his plans were. He pledged to pursue a new professional phase while he still had “energy and passion” for his field. “I want to use what I have learned as Director of Niaid to continue to advance science and public health and to inspire and mentor the next generation of scientific leaders as they help prepare the world to face to future infectious disease threats,” he said.
Joe Biden praised Fauci as “a steady hand with wisdom and insight over decades at the forefront of some of our most dangerous and challenging public health crises.”
U-turn. Earlier this year, Fauci outright said he would step down if Donald Trump managed to retake the Oval Office from Biden in the 2024 election. He had previously indicated he would stay through Biden’s first term and leave by January. 2025.
CIA unable to corroborate Israel’s ‘terror’ label for Palestinian rights groups
A classified CIA report shows the agency was unable to find any evidence to support Israel’s decision to label six prominent Palestinian NGOs as “terrorist organizations”.
Last October, Israel asserted that organizations were front groups for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a left-wing political party that has a paramilitary wing.
Earlier this year, Israel passed intelligence on the designation to the United States, but a CIA assessment of the material found no evidence to support the claim, according to two sources familiar with the study. The CIA report “does not say the groups are guilty of anything,” a source said.
“Unsubstantiated” terrorist designations. Many states, including allies of Israel, have dismissed the terrorist designation as unfounded. The United States has not publicly criticized or questioned it, but neither has it placed the groups under a US terrorist designation.
In other news…
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has urged senior party officials to sever ties with a controversial religious group after his approval ratings took a nosedive. The church has been honored since the Abe Shinzo fatal shooting because police say the suspect targeted the former prime minister because of his ties to the church, which he accused of bankrupting his family.
Chinese authorities punished 27 people about the publication of a mathematics textbook that went viral because of its “tragically ugly” illustrations. A months-long investigation by a Department for Education task force found the books were ‘not good looking’ and some of the illustrations were ‘quite ugly’ and didn’t ‘correctly reflect the sunny image of children Chinese”.
Hundreds of Taiwanese are among unknown numbers of victims held captive and forced to work in telecom scam rings by human trafficking operations in Southeast Asia, authorities said. Police forces in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Macao and Vietnam have launched major operations to save their citizens and put an end to the drug syndicates.
Flash floods hit the American Southwest in the last days have closed portions of national parks, including Moab and Zion, closed highways in Colorado, submerged cars in Texas and trapped tourists in a cave in New Mexico. A young woman is missing after being swept away while hiking in Sion on Friday.
Stat of the day: Regular physical activity can reduce Covid risk
Regular exercise reduces the risk of developing Covid-19 or becoming seriously ill with the disease, with around 20 minutes a day offering the greatest benefit, according to a global data analysis. Analysis of available evidence published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine claims that a weekly total of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity appears to offer the best protection.
The link between regular physical activity and the severity of Covid-19 is poorly understood, but probably involves metabolic and environmental factors, say the researchers. Overall, those who included regular physical activity in their weekly routine had an 11% lower risk of infection with Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid. They also had a 36% lower risk of hospitalization, a 44% lower risk of serious illness from Covid-19 and a 43% lower risk of death from Covid-19 than their physically inactive peers.
Don’t Miss This: The James Webb Telescope Shows Incredible View of Jupiter
The world’s newest and largest space telescope shows the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter, like never before, auroras and all. The James Webb Space Telescope took the photos in July, capturing unprecedented views of Jupiter’s northern and southern aurora and swirling polar haze.
Scientists hope to see the dawn of the universe with Webb, dating back to when the first stars and galaxies formed 13.7 billion years ago. The infrared images have been artificially colored blue, white, green, yellow and orange to bring out the features.
Climate report: Lula pledges to tackle Amazon crime if he returns to power in Brazil’s election
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the main candidate to become the country’s next leader, swore to crack down about illegal miners and loggers ravaging the Amazon after the “barbaric” murders of indigenous expert Bruno Pereira and British journalist Dom Phillips.
“We will put a complete stop to all types of illegal mining. It can’t just be done by law – it has to be almost a profession of faith,” said Lula, pledging to make the global climate crisis “a top priority” if elected.
Last thing: I knew I didn’t have a drinking problem – but I did have a drinking problem.
On vacation in Spain at 16, writes Emma Gannonthe author and host of the creative careers podcast Ctrl Alt Del, “I fell for sangria so much that, let’s just say, I never drank anything ‘with bits’ again. Then, the College came, and those three years were spent in a haze of white wine: cheap triples, bright blue shots, the Snakebite concoction of lager, cider, and blackcurrant.
“Constant headaches and empty wine bottles slamming under the bed. Coming into the world of work, it was “after work drinks!!!”, where you had to find out all the juicy things about your co-workers and your boss. I also drank all those nights never stopping to ask: is there an option not to do this?”
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