Marion McKeone: FBI’s stunning Mar-A-Lago raid puts Trump on the back foot

The former US president is facing explosive allegations that he brought top-secret and classified documents with him to his Palm Beach residence, and may have committed crimes under three different laws

Donald Trump’s Palm Beach residence was raided by the FBI last week amid allegations that he had taken classified governmental documents to Mar-A-Lago. Picture: Getty

The most turbulent week in US politics since the failed January 6 insurrection drew to a close with former president Donald Trump and the Republican Party scrambling for cover, after US Attorney General Merrick Garland unexpectedly turned the tables on them.

This weekend, Republican leaders tried to recalibrate their response to the controversial search of Trump’s Palm Beach residence following the court’s unsealing of the search warrant and inventory of items seized by the FBI ...