Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Biden FBI Raids Mar-a-Lago

Last night, news that Trump says Mar-a-Lago home in Florida 'under siege' by FBI agents, "Trump said the FBI's search warrant execution at his Palm Beach, Florida resort resembles something from a 'third-world country'" (Fox). WaPoo, FBI searches Trump safe at Mar-a-Lago for possible classified documents, "Search was court-authorized and related to long-running investigation, person familiar with the probe." said. John Sexton at Haut Hair, FBI searches Mar-a-Lago, Trump says 'these are dark times for our nation'. Da Caller, Trump Says FBI Raided Mar-A-Lago. At JTN, Trump says his Mar a Lago compound has been raided by FBI: 'Under siege'. Matt Margolis at PJ Media, FBI Raids Trump’s Home at Mar-A-Lago. Althouse reads the NYT, "After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate. Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries." ""They even broke into my safe! What is the difference between this and Watergate, where operatives broke into the Democrat National Committee? Here, in reverse, Democrats broke into the home of the 45th President of the United States...." At PM, President Trump announces FBI has RAIDED Mar-a-Lago, "Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before." John Hindeeracker at Power Line, The FBI Raids Trump [Updated Again]. From Breitbart, Trump says FBI searched estate in major escalation of probe. Sundance at CTH, Joe Biden Sends Dozens of FBI Agents to Raid Home of President Trump in Florida. Ace, in red italic font with a burning skull, THIRD WORLD JUNTA: The DOJ Just Executed a Surprise Raid on the President's Home, "Are we supposed to still be loyal to this Regime? Are we still fighting the "authoritarians" or nah?"

Joe Cunningham at Red State, New Report Shows What the FBI Is Looking For at Mar-a-Lago

The search, according to two people familiar with the investigation, appeared to be focused on material that Mr. Trump had brought with him to Mar-a-Lago, his private club and residence, after he left the White House. Those boxes contained many pages of classified documents, according to a person familiar with their contents.

Mr. Trump delayed returning 15 boxes of material requested by officials with the National Archives for many months, only doing so when there became a threat of action being taken to retrieve them.

Curious, because up until 11:59 AM on Jan. 20, Trump had the authority to wave his hands over the boxes and declare them unclassified. We know that late in his administration Trump declassified a large mass of material relating to Russiagate, but that the DOJ resisted releasing them until Trump was out of office, and they could safely keep up the coverup under Biden/Garland. Andrea Widburg at Am Think think Mark Elias tipped the government/DOJs hand, Marc Elias boasts about the real motive behind the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid. Disqualification of a potential Trump run. At LI, Herr Professor Jacobsen warns This is a provocation. They are trying to get a reaction that allows a further crackdown. Don’t take the bait. All of the above can be true simultaneously. Capt. Ed at Haut Hair wonders about the Trump raid: What's the Biden/Garland endgame? 

But if that’s all this is — a dispute over handling classified material — the DoJ had better prepare itself for major blowback. Garland’s predecessors rather infamously refused to prosecute former Secretary of State and then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for the exact same crime while she ran against Trump, and perhaps on an even greater scale. Remember the infamous server that Clinton “wiped, with a cloth” before reluctantly handing it over to the FBI? That had thousands of classified documents in digital form, including a handful classified at Top Secret-Compartmented, the highest range of protection for the nation’s secrets. The decision not to pursue charges in that case blew up into a major scandal for the Barack Obama administration and especially Loretta Lynch and James Comey, who would go on to other failures.

Althouse again, cites Byron York, "Secrecy is exactly what is wrong about this."  Byron York@ByronYork, "Below, @axios on Trump Mar-A-Lago raid. Secrecy is exactly what is wrong about this. Secrecy allowed wild media speculation in Trump-Russia matter. As target, Trump is entitled to copy of warrant, underlying affidavit. He should make them public immediately. Today." Also, If it was political, why was it so politically obtuse?.  Andrew Yang@AndrewYang, "It looks increasingly like the FBI raid was to find mishandled classified documents and not some other DOJ investigation which was my first thought. Mishandling documents doesn’t seem like raid material. It does however seem like excellent campaign material for Trump." And Mike Lee — lawyer, former federal prosecutor, and current member of the Senate Judiciary Committee — has a lot of questions about the Mar-a-Lago raid... "... so many that he lost count. I'll copy them all, and don't think I skipped one (he jumped from "Third" to "Fifth" [ADDED: and from "Tenth" to "Twelfth"])" Nice Deb at Am Great, Trump Says ‘These Are Dark Times For our Nation’ as FBI Raids Mar-a-Lago

From Da Wire, Dershowitz Reacts To FBI Raid At Mar-A-Lago: Biden Administration Has Weaponized Justice System and DeSantis Blasts Biden’s ‘Banana Republic’ After Feds Raid Trump’s Mar-A-Lago. Breitbart, Jonathon Turley on Trump Raid: ‘Why Didn’t Merrick Garland Ask for a Special Counsel to Be Appointed?’ and Gorka Blasts FBI Raid on Trump’s Home: ‘They Have Declared War on 74 Million Americans’ WaPoo whines Top Republicans echo Trump’s evidence-free claims to discredit FBI search. At Am Think Patricia McCarthy decries The complete Sovietization of the Democrat party. Joy Pullman at Da Fed, The FBI And DOJ Criminalizing Opposition To The Regime Is How The Republic Ends. From the Misanthropic Humanitarian at Ace's My thoughts on the raid of President Trump's home.

I'm pissed about the double standard, triple standard or quadruple standard of law and justice in this country. Lois Learner, Hunter Biden, John O. Brennan, Hillary Clinton, James Comey and the list of scum goes on.

I opine we have crossed the threshold of remaining a united union of states. I'm afraid we are on course for a civil war. We are not going to vote ourselves out of this mess. It is doubtful we could vote ourselves out of our debt. We are not going to vote ourselves out of a Banana Republic.

I hope not. 'Adam Mill' at Am Great, How Do We Get Rid of the FBI? " Short of abolishing the bureau, our elected leaders must exercise their power to reimpose constitutional supremacy over this out-of-control agency." Abolishing is fine with me; move real crime fighting FBI agents to the Marshall Service, and shit can the rest. On the other hand, Matt Vespa at Town Hall wonders Was the FBI's Raid on Mar-a-Lago the Biggest In-Kind Contribution to Trump's 2024 Bid?. Tongue in cheek I presume. It will energize some, but not many.

Breitbart, Not Raided by FBI: Bidens, Clintons, Russia Hoaxers, Black Lives Matter. The Babylon Bee quips Hunter Biden Breathes Sigh Of Relief As FBI Raid Team Passes By His House On Way to Mar-A-Lago.

And where was Director Wray when all this was going on? 'Bonchie' at Red State, That 'Flight' Christopher Wray Told Senators He Had to 'Catch' Turns Into a Scandal, using an FBI jet to fly him to vacation in the Adirondacks. Ace, Revealed: The Criminal Chris Wray Gave the Senate the Finger Claiming He Had an Unmissable Plane He Had to Catch. That Plane -- Paid for By the Taxpayers -- Was Taking Him To His Weekend Vacation Venue, Of Course.

Regarding a point I made above, Da Caller reports a ‘Smoking Gun’: Biden Admin Sued For Not Releasing Docs Declassified By Trump On Russia Collusion Investigation

Judicial Watch is suing the DOJ to obtain the records, as well as communications between DOJ officials and government employees on the declassification of the records. The lawsuit, which was filed on Aug. 1, comes after the conservative watchdog submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in February.

“The Obama-Biden Administration and Deep State spying on Trump and his associates is the worst government corruption scandal in American history,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said in a statement Monday. “And to make matters worse, the Biden DOJ simply refuses to release smoking gun documents about this corruption that the American people have an absolute right to see!”

Trump issued a memo on Jan. 19, 2021 declassifying materials in a binder that the DOJ gave to the White House in December 2020 on the “Crossfire Hurricane” probe. However, the binder’s materials never saw the light of day after the DOJ sought to issue redactions over privacy concerns, as detailed in a memo on Jan. 21, 2021 authored by then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who told the DOJ he would return the records.

Is that what they were looking for when they cracked the safe? I suspect the contents of that folder reflect very poorly on the DOJ and FBI leadership.

At ET, Rep. Gohmert Cites US Code that May Force Capitol Police to Release Remaining Jan. 6 Surveillance Footage. Defendants need the right to search for exculpatory material.

“As you must be aware,” Gohmert wrote, “2 U.S.C. § 1979 states that ‘any Member … of either House of Congress’ can ‘obtain information from the Capitol Police regarding the operations and activities of the Capitol Police that affect the Senate and House of Representatives.’ Subsection (c) makes clear that nothing in that law may be construed to prevent us, as Members of the House of Representatives from our ability to obtain those videos.

At Behind The Black, Today’s blacklisted American: Doctor jailed for entering Capitol on Jan 6 and expressing opinions

Blacklists are back and the Democrats have got ’em: Simone Gold, one of the thousands of doctors who strongly objected to the federal government’s COVID policies during the Wuhan panic, has begun a six month jail sentence for “trespassing” during the January 6th 2021 protests at the Capitol.
While US officials tried to smear and marginalize Gold and her group, her actual jail sentence was linked to her participation in the January 6, 2021 Trump rally in the US Capitol. According to Gold, she proceeded to the Capitol building on that date, where police let her into the building with a group that did not use force; and she spoke to the crowd inside about medical freedom.

As a result, she was charged with trespassing, and sentenced to jail time. [emphasis mine]
Explain to me how she committed trespass when the authorities controlling the Capitol let her into the building? She did not, and thus is being persecuted by the Biden administration simply because she has strongly and publicly opposed its policies related to COVID.

Atop Da Hill, Jan. 6 committee acquires Alex Jones’s texts. Just a fishing expedition.

The committee has accused Jones and other right-wing figures of stoking the rioters leading up to and during the Capitol breach, as well as peddling former President Trump’s false claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

Jones breached the restricted area on the Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, though he didn’t go into the building. 

The exact dates of Jones’s phone records aren’t yet clear, but the committee has expressed interest in what Jones may have said in texts leading up the the attacks.

 "No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session."

Not shockingly, at Am Great, the redoubtable Julie Kelly has a diametrically different view of the Secret Service text "scandal" than AllahPundit at Haut Hair, The Scandal of the Secret Service’s Deleted Texts

Despite Guglielmi’s spin, congressional leaders had already asked DHS officials to produce “all documents and materials that refer or relate to events that could or ultimately did transpire on January 6” before Cuffari opened his inquiry. The devices were evidence in a congressional investigation; failing to archive backups of phones belonging to any DHS employee even remotely tied to what happened on January 6 is highly suspect if not a federal offense.

And the purge did not happen while Trump or his Homeland Security chief were in charge. Between Congress’ first request for DHS to retain all records associated with January 6 and the cell phone “reset” on January 27, 2021, Joe Biden became president—which means the deletions happened on his watch. (David Pekoske, Biden’s current director of the Transportation Safety Administration and a Trump holdover, temporarily served as DHS chief from January 20 until February 2, 2021 when Alejandro Mayorkas was confirmed by the Senate.)

So Joe Biden’s DHS is thwarting the internal January 6 investigation—and Cuffari warned congressional Democrats at least twice of the department’s noncooperation.
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To recap: Joe Biden’s DHS allowed a purge of Secret Service cell phone data without mandating and archiving content, is stonewalling an internal investigation into what Joe Biden insists is a terrorist attack comparable to 9/11, and now shrugs off the fact that texts from 24 Secret Service employees including the head of agency over a crucial one-month period might be gone for good.

Given those revelations, one would assume the January 6 committee and House Democrats would be livid at DHS officials and calling for heads to roll. They are—but they want Cuffari’s head.

That's enough for now.  

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