Earlier this month, the FBI said eleven sets of classified files had been taken from Mr Trump’s property in Palm Beach. Some were labeled “secret”, and others “top secret”, while several were described as “SCI” documents, or those containing “compartmentalized sensitive information”.
Such information could have “unusually serious” implications for US national security.
News of the raid drew a mixed reaction, but a number of newsgroups showed his unconditional support had been boosted by the raid, a source told NBC.
An ally of Mr Trump said: “The fact is he needs a fight to focus.
“He has that now. He has the feeling of being in the arena.
But others, even in Mr Trump’s inner circle, have questioned any ambitions for re-election in 2024.
An NBC poll released earlier this week found that 57% of voters thought investigations into wrongdoing by the ex-president should continue.
About two in five respondents thought investigations of criminal activity should be discontinued.
Among Democratic voters, 92% said surveys should continue, but only one in five Republicans gave a similar response.
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Professor Thomas Gift, associate professor of political science at University College London, said the former president would now be ‘most concerned about maintaining support among his base’ following the raid by the forces of the federal orders.
Professor Gift, of the UCL Center on US Politics, said there was “every reason” to believe he would be successful in retaining his base of resolute voters.
In fact, the opportunity presented by the FBI investigation provides Mr. Trump with an “unequivocal” position from which to launch a possible 2024 bid.
He told Express.co.uk: “While a clear majority of Americans have serious questions about Trump’s alleged taking of classified documents, Trump is more concerned about maintaining support among his base – and there has every reason to think that the MAGA crowd remains resolutely behind him.
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“On the contrary, the FBI raid likely inflamed right-wing voters by giving Trump a political opening to denounce the ‘deep state’, to accuse the Biden administration of acting on a personal vendetta, and to present himself as a martyr.
“All of this is unequivocally good for Trump’s prospects in 2024.”
In the NBC poll, 58% of those polled said they believe America’s best years are in the past, with current US President Joe Biden’s approval rating still in the low 1940s.
Professor Gift suggested the poll showed good news for the Biden administration, following a series of “key political victories”.
Professor Gift continued: “Biden’s favor numbers have certainly improved in recent weeks, largely thanks to key policy victories: the signing of the Cut Inflation Act, lower oil prices gasoline and the assassination of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
“Yet the president’s approval ratings remain about a dozen percentage points below where they were at the start of his term, and it’s hard to argue that the White House isn’t a drag. net to Democratic candidates for key House and Senate races.”