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Post Politics Now Biden signs legislation aiding veterans; Trump takes the Fifth

Rep. Scott Perry's phone was seized by the FBI on Tuesday, a day after a search at Trump's Mar-a-Lago. President Biden leaves the White House for South Carolina, where he plans to spend some time vacationing. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offers a fresh defense of her recent trip to Taiwan and China's sanctions on her family are "of no relevance whatsoever," she says. Former president Donald Trump says he declined to answer questions, citing his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself, during a deposition at the state attorney general’s office in New York. Trump faces a separate investigation into his business dealings, which is separate from the investigation by the Justice Department that apparently led to the search of his Florida home earlier this week.

Some legal experts say Donald Trump could be barred from being president again if he were to be found guilty of willfully hiding or destroying confidential and classified documents. Republicans wasted virtually no time in decrying the search of former president Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago — despite our having very little detail about the search. The message discipline is remarkable, but the message itself is worth breaking down. The president in the past has raised the prospect that his son's death was partly attributable to exposure to toxic chemicals during his service in Iraq and Kosovo, but Biden also said the evidence was inconclusive. The bill that is expected to be approved in the House on Friday clinches only some of Democrats’ long-delayed plans, writes Tony Romm.

The Justice Department has charged a member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate John Bolton. The suspect, Shahram Poursafi, 45, remains at large abroad, according to the Justice Department. President Biden gave a special shout-out to comedian Jon Stewart, who was in the East Room of the White House for the event. He said, “To us and to many of you in the room, if not all of you, it’s personal.” The Cancer Moonshot is Biden's initiative to cut the death rate from cancer in half over the next 25 years. Biden also named Monica Bertagnolli as the new director of the National Cancer Institute, making her the first woman to hold the post.

President Biden signs legislation to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. Former president Donald Trump is continuing to try to leverage the FBI search of his home in Florida to raise money for his political organizations. The FBI conducted a court-authorized search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence following concerns that he had not returned documents and other government property taken from the White House.