In just the time it took to write this article, The Washington Post has update their source article. The new headline on that update: “Items with classified markings found at Trump storage unit in Florida.”
At least two more items marked with some level of classification have been found in a storage unit outside of West Palm Beach. Considering that the Trump Organization—100% owned by Donald Trump—is made up of over 500 different “companies,” would anyone like to hazard a guess as to how many buildings, homes, garages, sheds, and storage units might still need to be searched?
Lawyers for Donald Trump have reportedly completed a search of the Trump National Golf Club at Bedminster, New Jersey, and Trump Tower in New York City, and have notified the Justice Department that they found no additional classified material.
Which means, based on past experience, that the FBI should immediately go into these locations and conduct a search. And they should bring plenty of boxes. Case in point, back in June, an attorney for Trump signed a written statement claiming that all material “marked as classified and held in boxes in a storage area” at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort had been handed over to the government. This is in addition to the document Trump tried to get one of his attorneys to sign making the same claim in January. Those statements were blatant lies.
Is there really no unclassified material at Bedminster and Trump Tower? Even though The Washington Post reports that Trump’s attorneys hired an outside team to conduct the search, there’s no reason to believe that this search was either thorough or accurate. Trump’s team has demonstrated repeatedly that they will lie to cover up his crimes, and the Trump Organization was found guilty just this week on 17 criminal counts … criminal counts for which absolutely no one will do time, the fine will be trivial, and the company will pick up the tab.
The search of the two Trump properties was carried out in response to a grand jury subpoena ordering Trump to hand over all classified materials. However, with what has happened in the past, it seems absolutely ridiculous that anyone at the federal court, DOJ, FBI, or National Archives would trust the results of this search. In fact, it was an absolute breakdown in any trust of Trump’s legal team that caused Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell to authorize an FBI to search at Mar-a-Lago in the first place.
The lesson that Trump and all members of his staff have learned—not just this year, and not just in this case, but over decades, on topics from money laundering to charity fraud—is that there is rarely, if ever, a serious personal penalty involved in lying to the government. So why not lie? Besides, if those “search teams” did happen to stumble across any document stamped Top Secret, Trump could always just claim he had already declassified it. Then his attorneys could carry on reporting that they found nothing classified. Back to step one.
The Trump team has certainly had plenty of time to conduct their search/cover-up since that grand jury subpoena was issued all the way back in May. The only possible response now is to simply have the DOJ request new search warrants and follow this up themselves.
Of course, it’s entirely likely that they will not find any classified documents—after all, if the outside team conducted an actual search, that would be an excellent time to box up any documents found and move them somewhere else. However, the search still has to be done. Otherwise, the courts are sending a clear message of, “Hey, we know you hid massive amounts of stolen property and repeatedly lied about giving it back, and we know that some things are still missing, but we’re just going to trust you when you say you don’t have them.”
Honestly, hiding or destroying this material should be a snap. The fact that such large quantities of highly classified materials were found in Mar-a-Lago in the first place was entirely due to Trump’s endless supply of hubris—he wanted those nuclear secrets close, where he could use them to underline what a big deal he was to people who stepped into his office to schedule a golf outing. Ten minutes of actual thought would have placed those documents where they could not be found, but that would require putting ego aside, and Trump couldn’t manage that.
Are there more classified documents at Bedminister and Trump Tower? We don’t know. We didn’t know before this “search,” and we still don’t. But we can be absolutely sure that this search by Team Trump was an absolute waste of time and an insult to everyone seeking justice.
TIME TO INDICT, TIME TO CONVICT, THEN PUT HIM IN JAIL.
Justice Dept. subpoenas Ariz., Mich., Wis. officials for Trump communications
Special counsel Jack Smith has subpoenaed local officials in Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin — three states that were central to former president Donald Trump’s failed plan to stay in power following the 2020 election — for any and all communications with Trump, his campaign and a long list of aides and allies.
The subpoenas, at least three of which are dated Nov. 22, show that Smith is extending the Justice Department’s examination of the circumstances leading up to the Capitol attack to include local election officials and their potential interactions with the former president and his representatives.
The virtually identical requests to Arizona and Wisconsin name Trump individually, in addition to employees, agents and attorneys for his campaign. Details of the Michigan subpoena, confirmed by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, were not immediately available.
Lindsey Graham: “It’s just a matter of time until somebody comes across that southern border & kills a bunch of Americans because they are a terrorist.”
Yeah, Lindsey. And it will be even less time before some undiagnosed, unhinged young male who can all too easily get military grade weapons and all the ammo he wants will drive up to a school or church or major public event and kills a bunch of Americans.
Just a suggestion Lindsey, do the math on number of Americans killed, injured or traumatized as a result of attack by a good ol’ American vs. those killed by foreign terrorists.
Just for once, it would be nice to get your facts and the priorities straight you slimy groveling wingnut!
During an appearance on “CNN This Morning,” former Donald Trump national security adviser John Bolton warned Republicans that they need to rid themselves of his former boss after his comments about “terminating” the Constitution or they will pay a price for it later.
Speaking with co-hosts Don Lemon, Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins, Bolton also reiterated his plans to run for the Republican party nomination in 2024 if only to disrupt the former president’s plans.
As Bolton explained, Trump’s comment last Saturday on Truth Social that “A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution. Our great “Founders” did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!” is nothing less than a “time bomb” waiting to go off during the next election.
Asked, “Do you think it should be disqualifying for a presidential candidate if they made comments like this?” Bolton shot back, “Well, of course it is disqualifying!”
“You know, the president takes an oath of office prescribed by the constitution itself that says he will to the best of his ability preserve, protect and defend the constitution,” he continued. “Trump himself took that oath. and effectively he’s now saying he didn’t mean it. and if God, forbid, he were ever elected and took the oath again, we couldn’t trust he would abide by those words.”
“I think this is existential,” he elaborated. “And even beyond being a matter of high principle, which i think it is, as a matter of practical politics, that statement even as he failed to try and correct it over the weekend, that statement is a time bomb sitting on the desk of every Republican member of the House and the Senate, every Republican candidate around the country.”
He then warned, “If we don’t very clearly, very soon, unequivocally reject it, naming Trump by name, this will come back to haunt us in November of 2024 in ways we can only imagine.”
If this is not treason, then, there is no such thing as treason.
Former President Donald Trump on Saturday flat-out called for the “termination” of the United States Constitution so that he could be returned to the presidency.
Reacting to the news that Twitter in the runup to the 2020 election removed tweets that featured pornographic photos of Hunter Biden, Trump declared that the entire election had been stolen from him and demanded to be returned to the presidency.
“So, with the revelation of MASSIVE & WIDESPREAD FRAUD & DECEPTION in working closely with Big Tech Companies, the DNC, & the Democrat Party, do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION?” Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform. “A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution. Our great ‘Founders’ did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!”
This is not the first time Trump has called for his reinstatement as president, although this is the first time he has acknowledged that doing so would require the United States to shred its own Constitution on his behalf.
New York Times reporter Peter Baker wrote on Twitter that this seems like a dangerous new milestone for Trump.
“Needless to say, can’t think of a time in the United States when a former president (and would-be future president) has called for suspending the Constitution to let him seize power,” he wrote. “Even after all the shocks of the last few years, this one is remarkable.”
The “Northern Neck Patriots” whose main work is to support the January 6 thugs currently incarcerated in the Northen Neck Regional Jail awaiting trial and sentencing.
The “King George Militia” who held one “muster” then faded.
Then, there’s the “Northern Neck Sentinel,” our local source of bullshit — though it does provide a source of paper to line the bottom of birdcages.
The “King George Tea Party” whose long-time president is one of the Jan 6 thugs who is awaiting sentencing.
Whatever you do, do not disturb them . . . they think they are right and they get angry when you show them just how dumb and useless they are.
Besieged former President Donald Trump spent Tuesday morning firing off missives on his Truth Social account, lashing out in multiple directions over the loss by Kari Lake in Arizona and a general unhappiness with coverage of his meeting with a notorious anti-Semite.
The former president, who is being harshly criticized for consorting with Holocaust-denier Nick Fuentes, and who is also awaiting what is expected to be a rebuke for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals over his attempt to avoid being investigated for stealing government documents and hiding them at Mar-a-Lago, also launched a diatribe about mail-in voting.
In one post on Truth Social, he raged, “RINO Karl Rove, a man with a losing record the likes of which few political operatives would be able to get away with, including his loss to me in 2016, fights so hard and so stupidly, but is constantly on Fox News and the once great Wall Street Journal, explaining how things should be done – and he doesn’t have a clue. People can’t stand him, a clone of even more unpopular Paul Ryan, who sadly runs Fox News, now on a very bad path. Rove is a DINIER (sic) of DINIERS (sic), which makes him a fool. WATCH!”
Changing directions, he then wrote, “Our Elections are Rigged. Mail-In Ballots are a total SCAM. How about all of those ‘BROKEN’ Republican Voting Machine? GET SMART REPUBLICANS, OR YOU WON’T HAVE A PARTY (OR COUNTRY) LEFT!” accompanied by a link to election deniers complaining about the certification of votes in Maricopa County where Republican Kari Lake went down to defeat.
Taking up mail-in ballots, he warned, “REMEMBER, YOU CAN NEVER HAVE FAIR & FREE ELECTIONS WITH MAIL-IN BALLOTS – NEVER, NEVER, NEVER. WON’T AND CAN’T HAPPEN!!!”
He then fell back on complaining about his presidential election loss to Joe Biden two years ago, with the former president writing, “I was 232-22 in the MIDTERM ELECTIONS, and still have to listen to DEMS, RINOS, and the Fake News explain how poorly I did (Also, 98.6% in Republican Nomination Endorsements!). Without my Endorsement of Republican Candidates, the numbers would have been a disaster. Same for 2018 and the CORRUPT ELECTION OF 2020, where almost everyone won because, and with the help of, ME – EXCEPT ME – and that’s because the Presidential Election was RIGGED & STOLEN!”