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What Trump Lost and Won in His Court Battle Over Mar-a-Lago Records

  • Former president lost in court but won time, details on probe
  • Trump’s court fight delayed DOJ document probe by four months
Former US President Donald Trump 

Former US President Donald Trump 

Photographer: Mandel L Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Four months after FBI agents seized government records from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, his bitterly fought litigation with the Justice Department appears over. He lost in court. And unlike the last time that happened, he opted not to push for another long-shot US Supreme Court showdown. 

But in the murkier realms of public relations, politics, and defense strategizing, the net result of his failed early challenge to the federal criminal probe is more complicated.