How Trump has spent his days since the Feds searched his house

In the weeks following the FBI’s raid of his Palm Beach estate, Trump worked primarily from his office in Bedminster where he held meetings with aides and attorneys. He appeared at political fundraisers for the Republican congressman Jeff Van Drew (RN.J.) and Michigan Secretary of State nominee Kristina Karamo, which featured a performance by country singer Coffey Anderson, aka “Mr. Red White and Blue” – hosted a dinner party of Republican lawmakers, gave a pep talk at his club’s caddie member golf tournament, played rounds of golf with a rotating circle of friends, and celebrated his defeat of Rep. Liz Cheney in the Wyoming GOP primary with club guests.

He reluctantly made a trip to New York for the AG Leticia James investigation and he commemorated former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a video message for a Unification Church gathering in South Korea. South, the church founded by Reverend Sun Myung Moon, the Korean religious leader who funded conservative causes in the United States. And every day he called allies and members of Congress, launched a steady stream of angry messages and shared friendly posts from his social media account on Truth Social, and dined on Bedminster’s terrace.

GOP officials, his aides and media personalities who have spoken to him say Trump is frustrated but “cheerful.” He sought help to bolster his legal team but found no takers. At the same time, he reveled in parades of MAGA supporters past his properties, as well as Fox News pundits and Republican members of Congress largely rushing to his defense. He was also encouraged by the belief that the FBI’s search of his home will benefit him politically. His political action committee has risen prodigiously to the issue – sending out at least 22 fundraising emails containing the word “raided” since the raid took place on August 8.

One thing Trump hasn’t done much since the FBI research came out in public. While aides and family members hit the television circuit, Trump did not. He gave a brief interview to Fox News digital and his first public appearance since the search only took place in early September, when he hosted a Save America rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Trump’s response to the FBI’s search is, to some extent, a reflection of his current position in politics. He has already been caught in a political vice. And while his own circle of advisers and allies acknowledge that the man famous for getting ensnared in nasty legal entanglements suddenly finds himself in uncharted waters, there’s a feeling that too can be navigated.

“I don’t think anyone really believes they’re in legal danger,” said a person familiar with Trump’s operation. “They see it as one more headache to deal with and it’s an unnecessary problem when they could focus on other things like preparing for a potential race.”

Trump hasn’t been entirely nonchalant about the legal dramas engulfing him. His group of lawyers have filed lawsuits demanding that a special master be appointed to review documents seized by the FBI to ensure nothing privileged is taken. Trump himself angrily accused the feds of confiscating his passports during their search (correspondence later showed they took the passports but returned them).

But people who have spoken to the ex-president say his mind is also more set on dealing with his political movement and his own electoral future. In private, he boasted of private plane upgrades and he discussed his own plans for 2024. And, according to several people familiar with Trump’s political plans, there have even been talks of creating a new super PAC.

“He was optimistic, not downcast. That didn’t deter him, he expressed more contempt for what they did to his family than what they did to him, going through Melania’s closet and lashing out at her kids,” he said. said a person who was at the Republican Review Committee members’ dinner with Trump the day after the FBI raid. “[The search] was a major discussion at the start of dinner, but he certainly wasn’t obsessed.

Although he is being investigated for alleged crimes under the Espionage Act, Trump has leaned on the Mar-a-Lago search as a political boost. Privately, it is believed that the events will rally conservatives to his side and serve as an effective framework for a future run: placing him directly as a target of a Biden-supervised Justice Department. He’s been warned by advisers that it’s still unclear where the FBI’s investigation may lead, but he nonetheless delved into the now traditional role he plays as a victim of the Deep State.

“All the polls STRONGLY indicate that I am the candidate the Democrats LEAST want to run against, by far, hence the politically motivated raid on Mar-a-Lago – which backfired, big time!” Trump posted on Truth Social.

The results, at least politically, encouraged Trump. He has seen an increase in polls regarding a possible primary in 2024. A recent poll by St. Anselm College in New Hampshire showed him a 20-point lead over potential rivals, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. And an NBC News poll released on Sunday showed that while overall a majority of American voters think investigations into Trump should continue, Trump’s support within the Republican Party has jumped 7 percentage points since the research.

But while Trump has enjoyed a boost in his position within the party, he is not publicly reveling in it; at least not yet. Trump has held tele-rallies in support of the candidates and plans to hold a Save America rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania to support two of his endorsed candidates: Senate candidate Mehmet Oz for the Senate and gubernatorial hopeful Doug Mastriano, who are both behind in their races. Trump should hold more rallies before the midterm elections.

The question for everyone is if – or when – he will organize a rally for his own race.

People around Trump think a 2024 bid is a certainty at this point. But while the FBI drama hasn’t changed everything in Trump’s world, it seems to have had one major impact: complicate the decision on when to announce. There are just as many people now telling Trump to wait to unveil a race as there are those urging him to step in in political defiance.

“A big takeaway is that he is fully aware that if he enters before the midterm, he will be blamed for losing the Senate – he argued that. [to us] and understands it,” the CBC member said.

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