Former US president to be investigated for mishandling crucial records, compromising national security information
WASHINGTON – Federal agents seized at least 11 sets of classified documents during a raid on former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home earlier this week.
Reports in the international media suggest that documents removed from Donald Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida home included files marked as top secret and meant to be viewed only in secure government facilities.
The removal of such sensitive materials is prohibited and is punishable. The obstruction charge carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, the Espionage Act crime has a maximum sentence of 10 years behind bars, while destroying government records carries up to three years in prison.
Investigators conducted a raid on Mar-a-Lago in search of materials that were thought to have been removed improperly from the White House by the former president.
However, the unsealing of documents sparked a new controversy for the Republican leader and deepened his legal troubles. This was reportedly the first time that the private residence of an ex-president was searched in a criminal probe.
The list of recovered items includes albums, a handwritten note, paperwork for Trump ally Roger Stone’s pardon and information about Emmanuel Macron.
Investigators were looking into potential violations of the Espionage Act, which makes it illegal to keep or transmit potentially dangerous national security information, reports suggest.
Trump's office responded to the development, maintaining that the 76-year-old used his authority while president to declassify the documents.
In a statement, it said Trump had a standing order that documents removed from the Oval Office and taken into the residence were deemed to be declassified.
Meanwhile, Trump’s supporters opposed the raid, saying he had the power to declassify documents on his own.
Legal professionals however said it was unclear whether this argument would hold up in court. Executives can declassify information but they have to follow a proper way.
Others called espionage one of the most serious federal offences, citing limits to what the president can do.
Earlier, Trump became the first president in the United States history to be impeached twice as the House of Representatives voted to charge him with inciting mob attacks on Congress.
Pakistani rupee witnessed upward trajectort against US dollar and other currencies amid positive economic cues.
On Wednesday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.7 for buying and 286.75 for selling.
Euro remained stable at 309 for buying and 312 for selling. British Pound rate increased to 361 for buying, and 364 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED dropped to 77.6 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||361||364|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.49||36.84|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||175.89||177.89|
KARACHI – Gold prices in the local market continue to decline in line with the international market.
On Wednesday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs219,400 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs188,100.
Each tola for 24 karat is Rs216,700, 22 Karat is Rs198,640, and 21 karat rate per tola is Rs189,613 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,525.00 for single tola.
In the global market, the precious metal moved down, and hovers around $2023 per ounce after drop of around $10.
|Lahore||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Karachi||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Islamabad||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Peshawar||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Quetta||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Sialkot||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Attock||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Gujranwala||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Jehlum||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Multan||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Gujrat||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Nawabshah||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Chakwal||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Hyderabad||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Nowshehra||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Sargodha||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Faisalabad||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Mirpur||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|