Saturday, August 13, 2022

Mar-a-Lago Warrant Released

Before: John Solomon at JTN, Trump supports immediate release of search warrant for home.  Breitbart, Donald Trump: I Am ‘Encouraging’ DOJ to Release Search Warrant that Led to Mar-a-Lago Raid  and Capt. Ed at Haut Hair VIP, Trump blasts Garland: Release all warrant documents from "this unprecedented political weaponization of law enforcement." After, Paula Bolyard at PJ Media,  Search Warrant and Property Receipt From Mar-a-Lago Raid Released. As expected, mostly a simple list of boxes, with comments on contents (eg. Melania's panties, secret, top secret, etc.  BI,  Trump said the feds left Melania Trump's closet a 'mess' after executing a search warrant at their Mar-a-Lago home.  Fif anyone steal some trophy panties? Via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 08.12.22 Twitchy: Leftists Who Taunted Trump “rElEaSe tHe wArRaNt” Freak Out When He Does, also, Kimberly Strassel Tells AG Garland “We Have Every Right To Be Skeptical” Of The DOJ & FBI. He didn't redact the FBI agents names. Also, Nice Deb at Am Great, notes the FBI Search Warrant Shows Trump Under Investigation for Espionage Act Violations; Raid Was Not ‘Narrowly Scoped’. Politico, FBI search warrant shows Trump under investigation for potential obstruction of justice, Espionage Act violations. Spencer Brown at Town Hall, Trump Raid Warrant Reveals What DOJ Thinks It Has on Him.

Sundance at CTH, Motive Clear, DOJ Search Warrant Was to Seize Every Single Document During Entirety of President Trump Term in Office, Regardless of Classification, basically a license to search everywhere. This is odd because the ex-President, by law, retains a security clearance, and a government funded "office of the ex-President", which in Trump's case is at Mar-a-Lago. It enables him to keep some records for historical purposes. I can't see any of this holding up in court (except, of course in DC where anything anti-Trump will hold up. Real America's Voice (RAV)@RealAmVoice, "“The cameras were only off for a very short period of time.” @christina_bobb, says that while staff initially complied w/ the FBI request to turn off the CCTV cameras in Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s lawyers stepped in and the cameras were turned back on." At Politico, Chuck Rosenberg decries The ‘Planted Evidence’ Lie, "FBI Director Chris Wray made a big mistake when he didn’t counter the latest pro-Trump attack on his agents." Wray is in a tough spot there, given the FBI's established history of embellishing evidence against Trump. 

At Fox, FBI seized classified records from Mar-a-Lago during search of Trump residence, "Trump says all records were 'declassified' and that the FBI 'didn't need to seize anything'" WaEx, FBI found several classified documents in Trump Mar-a-Lago raid. Again, Trump claims (and Kash Patel backs him up) that he declassified all the material sent to Mar-a-Lago before the inauguration. It will make for a fun court case if nothing else. 'Bonchie' at Red State, LEAKED: Items Taken in Trump Raid Revealed

The irony here is so thick you can cut it with a knife. According to the DOJ and the liberal press, these documents were so super-secret and important that they justified raiding a former president’s home with dozens of armed agents. Yet, they are apparently just fine to show off to journalists knowing the details will be published for all the world to see.

Further, the FBI went through all this trouble, breaking precedent, in order to retrieve only 11 pieces of classified information. That’s less than what Hillary Clinton had on her illegal bathroom server, including special access materials, and she was never raided.

Other than that, the rest of the stuff taken appears to have been Trump’s personal effects. Letters that were written him. Notes he and his staff wrote. Visitors lists and the like. Nothing that would come close to providing justification for raiding his home. None of this adds up because it’s not meant to add up.

Ace, "Sources Say" There's a New Spin Why the FBI Had to Raid the President's Home Over Some Paperwork: ThE TrAiToR TrUmP iZ CoNcEaLiNg DoCuMeNtZ aBoUt NuKeZ. Steven Hayward at Power Line Code Red for the Deep State? "This story seems highly suspicious, to say the least." Sundance, Bluff Called, President Trump Responds to Ridiculous DOJ and FBI Claims of Nuclear Documents at Mar-a-Lago. Rusty Weiss at the PI has a Flashback: Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter Allegedly Lost the Nuclear Codes. Don't eat the blue acid. “Consider the old story that Jimmy Carter left his biscuit in a suit that got sent to the dry cleaners,” they wrote. “Today, no one will confirm the story, but no one will deny it either.” Matt Margolis at PJ Media, Another Huge Red Flag in the Trump Raid Story "Well, Mr. Attorney General, if they’re so professional and full of integrity, can you explain why the Wall Street Journal apparently knows the contents of all the classified documents and supposedly “top secret” documents removed from Trump’s home and has apparently reviewed some of them?"

Nick Arama at Red State, Warrant Reveals that FBI Waited Days Before Executing the Warrant. Sundance, Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant Unsealed, The Most Urgent, Critical, National Security Issue in the History of All Time, had 14 Days to Execute. I guess it wasn't that urgent. Nick Arama again, Trump Isn't Blinking as He Takes Apart FBI Raid With an Important Point 

But then they couldn't search Melania's panty drawer. From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 08.12.22  Weasel Zippers Mole In Mar-A-Lago Is Likely Longtime Staffer Who Relocated To Mar-A-Lago With Trump Famil which links to Radar, Confirmed: Trump Legal Team Believes FBI Informant Is Ex-Trump White House Staffer Who Relocated To Mar-a-Lago Post Presidency "The Justice Department tipster has been provided anonymity status — at least for now. The source “likely sought and received immunity from potential prosecution,” one well-placed insider told Radar." Or was threatened. At Breitbart, Mulvaney: FBI Informant ‘Really Close’ to Trump; 6-8 People Knew About Mar-a-Lago Safe. Of course the house had a safe. Althouse, "President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified. How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!" "That's a statement Trump put up today on his website. And there's this at the NYT: "Trump claims he declassified all the documents at Mar-a-Lago. Even if that’s true, it probably doesn’t matter."" And "The dust is still settling on what exactly will come of the search — such as, what type of classified information does the FBI suspect Trump to be in possession of?" "But polling from YouGov conducted on Aug. 9 found that 62 percent of Americans thought it was either 'a very big problem' (45 percent) or 'somewhat of a problem' (17 percent) that Trump allegedly held onto classified documents after leaving office. That said, as we’ve seen with previous investigations of Trump, public opinion is split starkly along partisan lines, and Americans generally remain leery of taking action against him."

Mike Davis, a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, took an ax to the crux of the legal arguments justifying the raid. And this isn’t some new interpretation; the Supreme Court affirmed it in 1987. Davis listed numerous occasions where the president acted in this capacity regarding classified materials, some of which we even saw in real-time. Remember when Barack Obama told then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would have more flexibility to negotiate with Moscow after the 2012 election? That’s a classified conversation but not an Espionage Act violation because Obama was the president.
Haut Hair cites the NYT, The poisoned relationship between Trump and the keepers of U.S. secrets. Like it's his fault; they've been at war with him since he won the nomination. At WaT, Mar-a-Lago raid rooted in bizarre 2017 House hearing, "The 'swamp' has always had a target on Trump's back."  Tristan Justice at Da Fed, Merrick Garland Doesn’t Care About The Rule Of Law. Just Ask Hunter Biden. Just Biden his time until the Statute of Limitations runs out. Bob Spencer at Front Page calls him The Destroyer of the Republic, "Rogue Attorney General Garland admits he ordered the raid on Trump’s home." Newt Gingrich in Has the FBI Crossed the Rubicon? spends too many digits explains what the Rubicon is. At ET, Wray: ‘Unfounded’ Attacks on FBI’s Integrity ‘Erode Respect’ and Put Agents at Risk You need to earn respect, and once lost, it's difficult to re-earn. I&I joins calls to Defund The FBI! At Da Fed, John Davidson claims The 2024 Election Is Being Rigged Right Now In Plain Sight, by the DOJ/FBI. But at NYT (cited at Haut Hair) , David Brooks whines Did the FBI just reelect Donald Trump?. Althouse, "Highly educated metropolitan elites have become something of a self-enclosed Brahmin class." "The self-enclosed Brahmin David Brooks concedes at the outset of "Did the F.B.I. Just Re-Elect Donald Trump?" (NYT)." At Breitbart, Republican Support for Trump Hits Record High After Fascist FBI Raid and UFC Chief Dana White on FBI’s Trump Raid: ‘There’s 10 Other People’ Who Should Have Been Raided First’

M.A Wright at NR (cited at Haut Hair) writes, Yes, her emails, "But anyone — either on the anti-Trump left or the Trump-skeptical right — who thinks that the FBI and Department of Justice’s credibility can survive in the eyes of the average, normie American if it prosecutes Donald J. Trump on very, very similar mishandling-of-classified-documents charges that Hillary avoided with nary a slap on the wrist is naïve to the point of lunacy." Capt. Ed notes Wiped, with a cloth: Are mentions of Hillary Clinton now verboten on Twitter?, as Paul Sperry, often cited here, is banned from Twitter for "Funny, don’t remember the FBI raiding Chappaqua or Whitehaven to find the 33,000 potential classified documents Hillary Clinton deleted. And she was just a former secretary of state, not a former president. Or this? 
The current deputy general counsel at Twitter is also the former general counsel at FBI HQ under Comey. His name as you may know is James Baker, and he was the top attorney who reviewed the fraudulent anti-Trump FISA wiretap warrants for probable cause." At Da Caller, ‘She Was Punished’: Fox News Contributors Get Into Shouting Match Over FBI’s Treatment Of Trump Versus Hillary Clinton, by not being elected.

From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 08.12.22,This Ain’t Hell  The Gadsden flag is a dangerous and extremist “right wing” symbol according to NPR and Steve Hayward at Power Line, Another FBI Scandal? regarding the FBI inflating the right-wing domestic terrorism numbers. "It seems obvious that this focus on “domestic violent extremists,” real or imagined, dovetails with the Bureau’s hyping of “Militia Violent Extremism”–watch for the Betsy Ross flag!–as part of the FBI’s devotion to the political interests of the Democratic Party." At Da Mail, EXCLUSIVE: Computer repairman claims FBI agents threatened him and told him to say NOTHING about Hunter Biden's laptop when they came into retrieve it - two months after he said he was willing to hand it over.  'It is our experience that nothing ever happens to people that don't talk about these things'

AP, Former police officer gets 7-plus years in prison in Jan. 6 case
The judge said he was troubled by Robertson's conduct since his arrest — not only his stockpiling of guns but also his words advocating for violence. After Jan. 6, Robertson told a friend that he was prepared to fight and die in a civil war and he clung to baseless conspiracy theories that the 2020 election was stolen from then-President Donald Trump, the judge noted.

When in a hole, stop digging. On the other hand, it's not for the judge to judge whether the 2020 election was stolen. 

1 comment:

  1. Ever worked with highly classified materials? I have.
    The search was duly executed and signed off by the Attorney General. In addition, Trump had been asked montrhs ago for those materials to be returned to the national archives. He refused. Finally gave half of the material back. But kept the remaining 12 or so boxes. All that was taken was listed and made public though of course the secretive materials were not described. Trump then claimed many people take work home for work. Nope. He was no longer working at that job as president. Then he claimed that he had automatically declassified all taken materials. Wrong. There is a process fo andr this and it was not taken. Then he stated that Obama had taken lots of classified materials away with him . Lie. Every classified and unclassified item that was part of Obama's presidency was turned over to the Natrional Archives.