Guess which president made mishandling of classified documents a felony?
Q: So when did the DOJ start treating removal of classified documents like a felony anyway?
A: When President Trump signed a 2018 law making it a felony. pic.twitter.com/KA6RKYlQ8L
— Jeff Yarbro (@yarbro) August 9, 2022
Republicans are busy hyperventilating over an FBI raid of a billionaire's home in which they unquestionably found evidence of multiple felonies. None of these facts are in question, yet for some reason I'm supposed to be outraged.
Trump’s family members and current and former top advisers accused the Biden administration of using Nazi-style tactics in executing a criminal search warrant on Trump. Hardly a mention was made of the apparent reason for the search in the first place — Trump’s allegedly illegal removal of highly sensitive government documents from the White House and a series of reports about his habit of destroying documents.
Let's stop for a second and consider the irony that Trump is being "persecuted" for a law that he made a point of creating himself.
If you or anyone you knew got themselves into a situation because of something they did that was supposed to punish someone else, what would be your reaction? You would tell them, "You did this to yourself." Wouldn't you?
Or let's put it another way. Let's say some regular Joe Shmoe got busted for taking a folder of top secret documents home with him. Would you be outraged at that? Or would you say, "You did this to yourself"?
But because this is an over-privileged billionaire this is somehow different? Bullsh*t!
Normally I agree with Matt Taibbi, but I think that he's been hanging out with the wrong crowd this time.
As of now, it’s impossible to say if Trump’s alleged offense was great, small, or in between. But this for sure is a huge story, and its hugeness extends in multiple directions, including the extraordinary political risk inherent in the decision to execute the raid. If it backfires, if underlying this action there isn’t a very substantial there there, the Biden administration just took the world’s most reputable police force and turned it into the American version of the Tonton Macoute on national television.
Either Taibbi doesn't actually understand what the Tonton Macoute did, or he's been captured by the Washington political bubble.
All of the evidence shows that standard procedure was followed.
In late April, the source says, a federal grand jury began deliberating whether there was a violation of the Presidential Records Act or whether President Trump unlawfully possessed national security information. Through the grand jury process, the National Archives provided federal prosecutors with copies of the documents received from former President Trump in January 2022. The grand jury concluded that there had been a violation of the law, according to the Justice Department source.
In the past week, the prosecutor in the case and local Assistant U.S. Attorney went to Florida magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart in West Palm Beach to seek approval for the search of Donald Trump's private residence. The affidavit to obtain the search warrant, the intelligence source says, contained abundant and persuasive detail that Trump continued to possess the relevant records in violation of federal law, and that investigators had sufficient information to prove that those records were located at Mar-a-Lago—including the detail that they were contained in a specific safe in a specific room.
According to experts familiar with FBI practices, Judge Reinhart reviewed the prosecutor's evidence and asked numerous questions about the sources and the urgency. The judge signed a search warrant allowing the FBI to look for relevant material and the FBI then planned the operation, wanting to conduct the raid while Trump was spending time at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. A Secret Service source who spoke on background said the Secret Service director was given advance warning and was later told the specifics of the raid.
What's really going on here is the belief that our betters should be above the law.
We've been trained to think that there are two sets of laws: one for the little people, and a different set of laws for the wealthy and powerful.
More irony from Trump-land.
“The mob takes the Fifth Amendment,” the then-candidate said in 2016, deriding those who assert their right against self-incrimination. “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”
Former President Donald Trump said he invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination Wednesday during a deposition before lawyers from New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office in its probe into the Trump Organization’s business practices.
It was in March 2019 when New York’s attorney general’s office first opened a civil investigation into the Trump Organization. Over the course of three years, the examination into Trump’s business operation unfolded gradually, leading to subpoenas being issued earlier this year for the former president and two of his adult children who worked at the company.
In defense of the subpoenas, the Democratic state attorney general declared in January, “Thus far in our investigation, we have uncovered significant evidence that suggests Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization falsely and fraudulently valued multiple assets and misrepresented those values to financial institutions for economic benefit.”
Gosh. It couldn't be that Trump was simply an immensely corrupt president, could it?