Trump special prosecutor issues subpoenas to Mar-a-Lago staff – live

Testimony sought from employees at ex-president’s Florida home, including restaurant servers and housekeeper, in documents case

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According to CNN, special prosecutor Jack Smith’s latest subpoena volley indicates a determination to learn every detail about the movement of classified documents around Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

News that the former president was holding government secrets at his south Florida property became public last year when the FBI searched the resort and carted away boxes of material. Attorney general Merrick Garland appointed Smith to handle both the documents case and the inquiry into Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election result – though the former has become clouded by the revelations that both Joe Biden and Mike Pence also had classified documents at their properties.

On Thursday, Trump’s communications aide Margo Martin, who worked in the White House and then moved with Trump to Florida, appeared before the grand jury in Washington, DC. One of special counsel Jack Smith’s senior-most prosecutors was involved in the interview.

Martin, who is among a small group of former White House advisers who have remained employed by Trump after he left office, declined to answer any questions when approached by a CNN reporter.

Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar is in Washington DC, where he’s having breakfast with Kamala Harris, visiting the Capitol and attending a reception with Joe Biden at the White House.

Trump hosts the Republican Party of Palm Beach County Lincoln Day Dinner at Mar-a-Lago this afternoon.

Abortion advocates are awaiting a ruling from a Texas judge in a case that could lead to abortion medication being banned nationwide. It could come today, or next week.

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Source of data and images: theguardian

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