Donald Trump's evolving excuses over the Mar-A-Lago raid have reached the absurd
Donald Trump sounds increasingly like Bart Simpson.
For those of you who are still defending Donald Trump, I would politely ask you to do one thing: in every instance in the rest of this essay, please replace "Trump" with "Obama" or "Clinton". Then ask yourself if you would still consider that defense to be logical and realistic.
I'm going to start by pointing out the obvious - people that are innocent don't normally change their excuse/reason for doing something.
In every situation in your life where you accused someone of something and they give you a shotgun blast of excuses, many of them that contradict each other, you would be a fool if you didn't automatically suspect that you were being lied to.
A shotgun blast of excuses is the exact method of defense that Trump and his supporters have turned to, just like Jan. 6. "When it started as an Antifa operation, then it was the FBI, and then it was really just a bunch of tourists, and then it was a bunch of people that were misunderstood."
Some of those excuses have already been proven lies.
"Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before,” he moaned, adding that, “After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate.”
Like most things associated with President Trump, nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before. However, everything he said after that is a lie.
Trump was subpoenaed back in June, when he turned over boxes and boxes of confidential documents that he wasn't supposed to have even then. Still he failed to turn over everything, at this late stage, and the FBI had video evidence that top secret documents were being taken and moved. The logical conclusion is that Trump was fully aware of the top secret document (his lawyer signed an affidavit that Trump had turned over everything), and was therefore obstructing justice.
“A raid is supposed to be a last resort,” Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz derped on Newsmax
That's not a thing.
Ohio Rep. Mike Turner, who expressed disgust that the FBI would send in agents because Donald Trump “in effect checked out books too long from the archivist.”
At what other time will you ever here a Republican that top secret documents just aren't important?
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Last week saw a couple of news cycles in which MAGAworld suggested that the FBI had planted evidence on poor, innocent Donald Trump, while the man himself screeched that “President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified. How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!”
It's quite a leap to on one hand say "the FBI is planting evidence" (a claim of which no one has bothered to try and back up) while at the very same time tell people that he'd "declassified those top secret documents". Since holding declassified documents isn't a crime that I am aware of, why would the FBI plant document that are legal to have?
Secondly, Barack Hussein Obama did NOT keep 33 million pages of documents. They were in the hands of the National Archives just like they should have been.
But let's examine this further. Let's say for a moment that Mr. Hussein actually had broken the law. Is Trump telling us that he was only breaking the law because Obama broke the law?
Points for creativity, all! But in fact, the National Archives’ failed effort to get back the purloined documents, some of which were highly classified, was followed by multiple Justice Department subpoenas that Trump similarly ignored. As CNN reported Thursday, Trump’s lawyers even showed the head of the Justice Department’s Counter Intelligence Division multiple improperly retained documents in June and then refused to give back anything that wasn’t marked top secret or higher. Which didn’t stop at least one of those lawyers signing a declaration that all classified documents had been returned, according to the New York Times.
Trump’s lackey Kash Patel was duly dispatched to Fox (obvs) to insist that his boss had already declassified all the documents in question before leaving the White House — which doesn’t account for his failure to return them, or his failure to mention this declassification to anyone else before pocketing the papers and vamoosing to the golf course. Then disgraced former journalist John Solomon read out a statement from Trump purporting that all products taken to the private residence were presumptively deemed declassified. Because it’s fun to say crazy shit on teevee!
First of all, there is a process to declassifying documents. That process includes marking the documents as declassified and making them available to the public. and if they are top secret, then other people have to sign off on declassifying the documents.
But let's say that all Trump had to do was declassify them in his mind. You know he's not the president anymore, right? If all President Trump has to do to declassify them is to do it in his mind, then all President Biden would have to do to reclassify them is to do it in his mind.
“Oh, great! It has just been learned that the FBI, in its now famous raid of Mar-a-Lago, took boxes of privileged ‘attorney-client’ material, and also ‘executive’ privileged material, which they knowingly should not have taken,” Trump arglebargled. “By copy of this TRUTH, I respectfully request that these documents be immediately returned to the location from which they were taken.”
Which makes complete sense if you pretend that the FBI isn’t part of the executive branch. There’s also the minor matter that any documents covered by executive privilege are inherently government property and belong at the National Archives.
Nothing else to add other than Trump is no longer president.
“By Monday, the New York Times will be running a story about how Trump had the Ark of the Covenant.”
- Dave Gainor, because this is funny? Or because Dave thinks Trump is a Nazi?
And then there is a crazy sh*t that the MAGA crowd believes.
the hogwash offered up Tuesday by Anna Perez, a host for right-wing media outlet Real America’s Voice, who uttered a QAnon-style monologue, falsely claiming the search was a conspiracy to prevent Trump from carrying out a (nonexistent) plan to expose criminals serving in government.
How exactly is that supposed to work? Is this all part of the non-existent draining of a swamp two years after Trump left office?
Another Real America’s Voice host, right-wing activist Charlie Kirk, claimed Thursday that the FBI “occupied Trump’s home – a military occupation.”
Need I remind people that the FBI is NOT the military?
The former President’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump delivered an impressive variety of claptrap in a single sentence, saying on Fox on Tuesday that the searchers were “a bunch of people unannounced breaking into your home like this and taking whatever they want for themselves.”
Lara is unfamiliar with how search warrants work.
Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the House minority whip, went on Fox on Thursday and said that “it concerns everybody if you see some agents go rogue.”
The Chief of the FBI was appointed by Trump, and of course, no evidence was given to back up this claim.
"When somebody begins to concoct lies like this, it shows a real level of desperation.”
- warmonger and Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton
Some Trump supporters are falling back to calling this another Russiagate, but that dog no longer hunts.
But Trump confidantes who spoke to The Independent on condition of anonymity say there are important differences between this latest dispute with the Department of Justice and Mr Trump’s previous brushes with accountability, such as his first impeachment and the Justice Department probe into his 2016 campaign’s alleged links to the Russian government....
For one, Mr Trump is no longer surrounded by the top-tier lawyers who represented him throughout his presidency as both government lawyers and as his personal attorneys.
“This [the series of excuses and claims of planted evidence] is for the court of public opinion, it has nothing to do with his legal situation,” said one former Trump campaign and administration official.
“He's not even lined up with the best legal team to defend him in this situation. He's run through all the attorneys who would take one for him,” they said.
Another ex-White House aide who still has regular contact with Mr Trump and people in his inner circle told The Independent that the ex-president is to some extent in denial about his possible legal exposure.
And let's not forget that there couldn't be classified documents there because Washington would never wait 18 months to ask for them.
In fact the DOJ had been trying to get them back for a very long time. That's the point.
The biggest difference between Russiagate and this scandal, is that Russiagate was a scandal in search of evidence.
This is evidence in search of motive.
"Do you take home documents marked special access?"
"No."@RepMikeTurner says he does not take home documents marked special access like the documents the FBI says were seized from Trump's home, but argues that we don't know if they were classified appropriately. @CNNSotu pic.twitter.com/IvFOSmXQ7W
— CNN (@CNN) August 14, 2022