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The talking points against the Trump search, broken down

Republicans wasted virtually no time in decrying the search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. We don’t know what was in the search warrant or what evidence was used to obtain it, but we do know that it pertains to the removal of documents from the White House. Many have connected it to a bill passed in the Senate that would add 87,000 IRS agents who, the argument goes, could be turned against Trump supporters. We simply don't know what evidence behind the search is damning, but it's premature to say this is the tip of the emerging police-state iceberg, writes Julian Zelizer. Republicans have successfully exploited in recent years, it's a sense of persecution, he says.

There is zero evidence to suggest Biden or the White House had anything to do with the Mar-a-Lago search. Ruben Navarrette: Biden has demonstrated nowhere near such a heavy hand when it comes to the Justice Department. This talking point is particularly rich against the backdrop of Trump’s demonstrated penchant for meddling in Justice Department business, he says. He says we have seen the U.S. government investigate matters involving politicians, and even a former president in the opposite political party.Navarrette says it's not unheard-of in the Third World, but it could be compared to other countries where former presidents have been investigated and even convicted after leaving office in recent years, including Israel, South Korea, France and Israel.

Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio) suggested Tuesday that Trump might have declassified the documents he allegedly took. Former Trump White House aide Stephen Miller added Tuesday night that “the president controls classification authority” and that his word is superior to the National Archives on whether materials were classified. It’s true that presidents have broad authority over the classification and declassification of documents.