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FBI Searches Mar-a-Lago; Noem Cries Politics

The Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant on Donald Trump’s offices and personal quarters at his Mar-a-Lago resort yesterday. The search appeared to be related to tracking down presidential documents that Trump may have illegally commandeered and removed from the White House.

Legal expert Kristi Noem says this law enforcement action is a crime against Republican humanity:

Kristi Noem, tweet on Mar-a-Lago search, 2022.08.08.
Kristi Noem, tweet on Mar-a-Lago search, 2022.08.08.

Funny that the execution of a search warrant can be branded “un-American”. Is it un-American to search for possibly classified material to make sure it is properly secured and does not fall into the wrong hands? Is it un-American to hold a citizen accountable for mishandling sensitive government documents? Is it un-American to subject an object of Kristi Noem’s political affectation to legal consequences, even if that object happened or happens to be a candidate for office?

But Noem is offering neither informed nor original commentary on standard law enforcement operations. Noem here is simply repeating the “weaponization” charge that must have gone out in a talking points memo to every Republican. Absent any specific knowledge about the search warrant or the evidence that prompted, Noem’s statement is baseless hyperbole. None of us can say whether this legal search was proper or political until we see the warrant and the evidence.


  1. larry kurtz 2022-08-09 07:40

    Mrs. Noem’s statement is gaslighting and John Thune’s continuous flip-flopping on Trump is a ruse. He already knew Donald Trump was a sleaze from his basketball buddy Jim Comey. That’s right: the vast white wing of the Republican Party was going to beat Hillary Clinton at any cost even if it meant colluding with a sworn enemy of the United States, destroying the presidency and taking down the republic. So Thune made Congress look the other way as Russia and Cambridge Analytica conspired with Facebook to hack the 2016 election.

    And, had former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton been elected Paul Ryan would have been president until at least January 20, 2021. Her campaign knew that if Hillary won the rabid Republican House would have impeached her, the Senate would have removed her before the 2018 midterms and Trump would be on the sidelines egging them on. Somebody (Robert Mercer and Cambridge Analytica) promised Paul Ryan the presidency had Clinton been removed and Tim Kaine met an unfortunate end but that all crashed when Trump was installed. There’s no way in He!! the GOP would have given a President Kaine the time to choose a Veep.

    Clinton sat in with the most sophisticated intelligence community on the planet, fereffsake! She and her campaign knew the Russians, the Trump campaign and the Republican Party were hacking the election and the battle over her private emails proves it. The tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch was to deliver a thumb drive containing the Steele Dossier to the Justice Department. It was already an open secret Trump was already under the microscope. Hillary’s campaign was phoned in at best so they gave Trump and the GOP all the rope they’re using right now to hang themselves.

  2. buckobear 2022-08-09 07:48

    What’s really “unprecedented” is that we’ve never had a criminal serve as president before.
    Wonder if they had to remove the toilets?

  3. Donald Pay 2022-08-09 08:03

    buckobear is correct. When you are suspected of stealing the property of the taxpayers of the United States, you have to understand that you may be subject to the 4th Amendment process. Trump’s constitutional rights were protected as a judge had to sign off on this search warrant. It should be a lesson for Noem and other political crooks out there. No politician is above the law. Get that, Kristi?

  4. sx123 2022-08-09 08:06

    My emotions say this ‘raid’ seems extreme, but my frontal lobe agrees with your last sentence: “None of us can say whether this legal search was proper or political until we see the warrant and the evidence.”

  5. larry kurtz 2022-08-09 08:14

    To get a federal search warrant, a federal agent submits an affidavit under oath to a federal magistrate judge, setting forth where they want to search, for what items, and what the probable cause is that those things are evidence of a federal crime and are there.


  6. cibvet 2022-08-09 08:19

    Why is a warrant served on rich people called a raid and when it is served on poor people, most just shrug it off
    as the person is probably guilty.

  7. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-08-09 08:20

    On NPR Morning Edition this morning, NYU law professor observes that the feds have been working with Trump for a couple months on this issue of the 15 boxes of documents taken from the White House and stashed at Mar-a-Lago. Dr. Gillers says yesterday’s search looks a lot like the feds said they are tired of waiting for Trump to comply with pretty straightforward law and hand over the documents in question, so they went in to get the documents themselves.

  8. Bonnie B Fairbank 2022-08-09 08:27

    Oy! Who helped Kristi Lynn use AND spell “unprecedented” and “weaponization” in the same sentence?

  9. Bob 2022-08-09 08:40

    I thought we had three equal branches of government, executive, legislative and judicial, and that these equal branches work together to steer the country. It seems that the Mar-a-Lago resident just doesn’t get it. He thinks of himself as a king.

  10. sx123 2022-08-09 08:44

    First, I’m not a Trump fan BUT recovering 15 boxes of documents does not seem like a high enough bar to me to issue and carry out a search warrant. (But what do I know?) If theses boxes contained truly critical, sensitive information, they would have been recovered long ago, so whatever is on the warrant, it better be good.

  11. Donald Pay 2022-08-09 09:05

    sx123, I got a subpoena that required me to hand over any documents I had regarding any meetings I had with various people opposed to the ETSI pipeline. This was part of Gov. Janklow’s lawsuit against the railroads for opposing ETSI. I suppose I could have just ignored the subpoena, and not showed up for the deposition. I really didn’t have any documents or information that they seemed to want, but I went and gave them a hard time. You know, I figured they figured I wouldn’t show up, and I liked to do the unexpected. Is it your recommendation that people ignore legal processes and the rule of law and just do whatever they want? It seems we had enough of that during the Trump Administration.

  12. Loren 2022-08-09 09:11

    123, if it was info that Trump’s buddy, Vlad, might be interested in, wouldn’t you feel a bit uneasy about just asking for the material, especially from a guy that has flushed papers down the commode, stuffed notes in his mouth and had Meadows burn papers in the fireplace.

  13. sx123 2022-08-09 09:18

    I would think any critical documents have backup copies or digital representations (highly encrypted I hope), so the national archive needing them from Trump just seems strange to me for this level of FBI activity.

  14. Jake 2022-08-09 09:38

    sx123-and YOU think HOW about the Secret Service wiping away all records of their Jan 5 and 6 phone calls?

  15. Francis Schaffer 2022-08-09 09:42

    I too am interested in the search warrant contents, which will provide a more clear picture of exactly the crime involved. If it is destroying or illegal possess of U.S. government documents then others need to be worried who will be next; including congressmen/congresswomen, senators, secret service, aids, staff, etc. The list will be long and I hope thorough. The Republican party needs to be listed as a domestic terrorist organization. I suggest all military or former military personnel involved in the insurrection be activated and court martialed. Nothing that is done to preserve the United States of America is political.

  16. Donald Pay 2022-08-09 09:42

    sx123, what you would think doesn’t have anything to do with the specifics of the search warrant. What matters is what the judge who signed off on this search warrant thought, and it he appears to think whatever is behind this is important enough to allow the FBI to search the perps premises. What seems strange to me is we would allow Trump to get away with boosting government archives, some of which may be highly classified or contain evidence of criminal behavior.

  17. Francis Schaffer 2022-08-09 10:00

    How does anyone know is was only 15 boxes recovered? What about the items which haven’t been recovered prior? Either we have laws which apply to everyone or we don’t. I want the laws to apply equally and uniformly to all citizens, call me old fashioned.

  18. bearcreekbat 2022-08-09 10:14

    One should not conflate the objective of recovering classified materials with the objective of finding evidence of a crime. Constitutionally, as well as practically, a search warrant is an available investigative tool designed to obtain evidence of a crime. It cannot be used as a tool merely to recover desired documents or property, nor is it even needed for this purpose.

    Thus, it would be an unlikely constitutional mistake for any judge to issue a criminal search warrant merely to “recover” classified documents, no matter how important such documents may be to national security. Instead, that judge could issue a civil Temporary Restaining Order directing authorities to immediately seize those documents and hold them until Trump had a chance to be heard in court. After such a hearing then a judge could either return the documents to Trump or issue a permanent civil injunction preventing their return.

    There is literally no reason or need to seek a “search warrant” simply to recover any type of documents or other property. Instead, the search warrant is an indication that prosecutors alleged, and a judge found, probable cause to believe a crime has been committed and that evidence of that crime was likely being hidden or held at Mara Lago, and that such evidence would be helpful in an upcoming prosecution.

    As to the cries of Noem and other Trump apologists about the supposed “political” nature of moving forward to prosecute a crime committed, one cannot help but recall the Trumpist chant “lock her up” at so many rallies. Apparently the Trump “justice” department was unable to muster sufficient credible evidence of a Clinton crime to satisfy the low “probable cause” threshold necessary for a search warrant to obtain a warrant to search the Clinton properties.

  19. Dakota roots 2022-08-09 11:26

    Well all the GQP leaders are being quick to throw the term “WEAPONIZATION” out there. We all know how well armed they all are!!

  20. John 2022-08-09 12:30

    August 8th is glorious day in our republic. Nixon resigned. A search warrant was executed on Mar-a-Largo.

    The feds “asked”, requested, discussed the return of the federal records that apparently trump stole for over 547 days.
    The Presidential Records Act was put into law AFTER Nixon attempted to secret federal records to San Clemente.
    Highly classified information endangers lives and spying methods – both are threats to the nation and are crimes worthy of a search warrant – especially in the light of non-cooperation from the former occupant. Some of the classified items are too sensitive for public disclosure on inventory sheets, according to the Washington Post.

    If the former occupant is a “victim” he should release the subpoena so we are able to see for ourselves the alleged crime(s), and the inventory list of what was seized by the FBI. When the orange whiner will not release the subpoena and inventory, then he has nothing to stand on. His whining is all fund raising from the deplorables.

  21. Curt 2022-08-09 13:59

    The only “un-American” element in this chain of events is the manner in which Trump has disgraced the Presidency.

  22. jerry 2022-08-09 14:02

    Makes you wonder who appointed this FBI director in the first place.

  23. O 2022-08-09 14:51

    I see Matt Gaetz is calling to defund law enforcement agencies involved in this gathering of evidence. I could have sworn that he was not a “defund the police” supporter when the police seemed to be leaning on the “other guys.” In prime white-privilege fashion, nothing is a tragedy until it happens to you.

  24. Vi Kingman 2022-08-09 14:54

    The key word here is search, not a raid. I’m guessing that the DOJ has rock solid evidence to be able to search Trump’s palace.
    Trump was treated like any of us would have been treated. If I possibly broke the law the FBI would present the evidence to the judge and if the judge agrees that there is probable cause the FBI would come to my house and conduct a search. That’s what happened here.
    Simple as that. The phony outrage from Republicans is just that phony.
    Funny the Republicans screamed about Democrats defending the police and now that the FBI is going after Trump they want to defund the FBI. HYPOCRITES!

  25. Donald Pay 2022-08-09 15:17

    Vi is correct. This sort of stuff happens every day. I can’t understand the Republican freakout. Really, the wailing just a bunch of crisis actors. All I see from this is that the criminal justice system is treating Trump like they would treat me if I stole federal documents and secreted them in my home.

  26. DaveFN 2022-08-09 15:37

    “The Department of Justice has reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization,” said Kevin McCarthy.

    Noem the mime has mimed again.

  27. Arlo Blundt 2022-08-09 15:53

    Why Donald Trump wanted to keep Top Secret and beyond Top Secret information in his mansion at Mar-a- Lago is beyond understanding…the law that all Presidential documents are to be in the possession of the National Archives when the President’s term expires has been on the books since 1978, when Nixon took similar records to San Clemente after his resignation. Ken Cippoloni, Trump’s White House lawyer at the end has told January 6 committee, that at that time, Trump was taking legal advice only from the lawyers in the “clown car.” Taking legal advice from the Incredible Rudy, the Clark fellow who he appointed AG, and General Flynn is a recipe for ending up in jail. Trump has a personality much like Nixon but not nearly the savvy.

  28. Arlo Blundt 2022-08-09 17:24

    Not to mention, he paid close attention to the crazy female lawyer (forgot her name) who paused her video taped testimony before the January 6 committee to chug half a can of Dr. Pepper. Cippoloni, a former Attorney General of Virginia and a confirmed conservative, tried to break-up a meeting of Trump, the female lawyer, General Flynn, and the ex CEO of Wholesale Lots (sort of a poor man’s Pillow Guy) on the eve of the January 6 revolt. The Incredible Rudy, apparently for reasons of personal discretion, (hard to believe) dodged attending the meeting and stayed downstairs in the Cabinet Room. Why?? Rudy says the cabinet room was “very cool. I’d never been there and I decided I’d just stay there and enjoy myself”. It appears that Rudy knew that what they were discussing was treason and, as a former federal prosecutor, decided to excuse himself from the conversation. Rudy is crazy, but not that crazy.

  29. Arlo Blundt 2022-08-09 17:27

    The next day, Rudy must have had second thoughts (or was just drunk) when he urged the crowd that it was time for a “trial by blood.” Rudy has avoided an indictment so far.

  30. grudznick 2022-08-09 17:43

    There was a crazy female lawyer who chugged half a can of Mr. Pepper during her testimony on the riotous Jan. 6 activities?

    Now that is something grudznick would really like to see.

  31. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-08-09 17:45

    Noem, Thune, Rounds, and others are taking a big risk by jumping out ahead with their judgment (or, in Rounds’s case, the suggestion) that the search is political weaponization. If the DOJ steps out and presents the warrant and the evidence and everything looks kosher, they will look very bad.

    But maybe it’s not a gamble. The GOP has learned from Trump that they can lie without consequence. Maybe they are just pre-empting any release of evidence or charges, priming all of their supporters to reject any evidence and charges as bogus. They know their people will believe what Trump wants them to believe, so they are really just playing to the Don to demonstrate their duckspeaking loyalty.

  32. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-08-09 17:49

    Worth noting: if the search warrant is related to improper taking of classified documents, Trump would face felony charges that he himself signed into law:

    In the absence of more detailed information about the investigation, it’s unclear what potential crimes DOJ is probing. Notably, Trump — after a fierce campaign against Clinton in which he called for her to be jailed for her handling of classified material — signed a law in 2018 that stiffened the penalty for the unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents from one year to five years, turning it into a felony offense [Kyle Cheney, “Why the Trump Search Warrant Is Nothing Like Hillary’s Emails,” Politico, 2022.08.09].

    And for those like Senator Rounds who are clamoring for the warrant to be made public to prove that the DOJ wasn’t engaged in some political act, remember that Trump could share the warrant and the inventory of what the DOJ took from his property right now.

  33. grudznick 2022-08-09 18:09

    Good point, Mr. H. We should call upon Mr. Trump to share the warrant and inventory. But I bet he won’t for reasons we can’t understand.

  34. larry kurtz 2022-08-09 18:22

    The warrant was issued in part because of evidence ongoing crimes are still being committed and that national security has already been compromised.

  35. larry kurtz 2022-08-09 18:27

    Now McConnell wants the evidence suppressed.

  36. larry kurtz 2022-08-09 18:50

    An indictment for violating the Espionage Act is in the works and a conviction will disqualify Herr Trump from ever holding federal office again. Watching Republicans heads blow off makes me happy.

  37. Arlo Blundt 2022-08-09 18:52

    Grudznick–to view Sidney Powell (the female lawyer) take a large slug of Dr. Pepper google Sidney Powell Jan. 6 investigation …its the Forbes News compilation of testimony by Powell, Cipoloni, Giulani and others about a meeting on December 18. She really got after the Dr. Pepper later on but apparently has been edited. Dr. Pepper appears at about 3:40 of the news report.

  38. grudznick 2022-08-09 18:52

    That would be really swell, Lar, except I fear you are jumping rope to your usual optimistic and cheery wishful thinking. But golly, that would be swell.

  39. larry kurtz 2022-08-09 19:00

    Watching Republican rats drowning in the filth of their own making is what justice smells like.

  40. John 2022-08-10 09:32

    One runs out of superlatives describing the hypocrisy of trump and his deplorables.
    On one hand EVERYTHING trump touches is the greatest, the biggest, the largest, the most magnificent, ad nauseam.
    On the other hand trump is ALWAYS the victim, always oppressed, always persecuted, always the martyr, ad nauseam.
    Trump is a cult, like a fatter, orange Austrian. The sooner the nation gets rid of trump the better off it will be.
    But the cancer didn’t begin with trump. And the cancer will not end when he’s gone.

    The Business Plot Against America, was a clear sign that the US oligarchs have no belief in the republic and its imperfect democracy.
    The US business oligarchs are a cabal masked in polite names like: The Federalist Society, American Enterprise, American Legislative Exchange Council, etc.

    The plotters behind the Business Plot went unpunished. That is why our nation MUST uphold the rule of law and punish present insurrectionists now.

  41. Eve Fisher 2022-08-10 10:21

    Trump has a copy of the search warrant, and he could release it at any time. He hasn’t. And my bet is that he won’t.
    Also, never forget that John Thune was one of the 8 Congresscritters who went to spend July 4, 2018 in Moscow with Putin. Fun times, right?

    Meanwhile, “DARVO is an acronym for “deny, attack, and reverse victim and offender”. Some researchers and advocates have characterized it as a common manipulation strategy of psychological abusers. The abuser denies the abuse ever took place, attacks the victim for attempting to hold the abuser accountable, and claims that they, the abuser, are actually the victim in the situation, thus reversing the reality of the victim and offender. This usually involves not just “playing the victim” but also victim blaming.
    Sound familiar?

  42. Joe 2022-08-10 11:22

    The lady lawyer is Sidney Powell. She’s also single, so make your move G.

  43. O 2022-08-10 11:27

    I also notice that a MAGA movement that centralized around chants of “lock her up,” now has SERIOUS objections to a political leader’s actions being subject to law enforcement repercussions.

    FOX news has not let that sleeping dog lie either. During their coverage of the Trump evidence collection, they wanted to remind viewers that Sec. Clinton was also the target of FBI investigation for handling of classified documents/information. The talking head actually said that she was not subject to the same laws as the President is, but it was worth mentioning.

  44. OldtimerDon 2022-08-10 14:55

    2025 oath of office for Republicans
    I pledge allegiance to Donald Trump and lies for which he stands. I will forever do all I can to enrich and empower him and all his spawn. I will vow to disrespect and denigrate all those of other races, and will constantly lie, cheat, and steal to achieve my objectives-those of my beloved leader, at whose feet I will constantly grovel.

  45. John 2022-08-11 16:06

    It was a recovery, not a search, certainly not a raid. Noem’s toast.
    Garland brilliantly called trump’s bluff.

    Here’s a theory what may, or may not be at stake.
    Hungary’s right wing autocrat Orban, visited Putin before going to CPAC. The theory is Putin gave Orban cash & an envelope to deliver to trump when they met before CPAC.
    The theory is that perhaps trump was engaged in espionage.

    Watch for trump to contest releasing the search warrant and inventory.

  46. John 2022-08-11 19:21

    Washington Post writes that nuclear and other top secret documents trump withheld were a huge part of the document recovery, er search warrant.

  47. bearcreekbat 2022-08-12 00:33

    John, the more I hear from the media about this incident the more I question my earlier analysis suggesting that if authorities merely wanted particular documents they would have filed a civil action and obtained a TRO. Instead, this is looking much more like a use of the criminal search warrant system as a “document recovery” process rather than as a process to gather evidence of a crime. If the allegation of criminal activity was a mere subterfuge to get quick access to highly classified materials, then that strikes me as a misuse of the search warrant process. I guess the test will be whether the FBI seized any evidence which will in fact be used to bring criminal charges against Trump.

  48. John 2022-08-12 07:38

    Bear: there is no reason, as you imply, that the search warrant process cannot be used for both recovery and evidence collection.

    This morning, August 12, Anne Applebaum reminded us of the incredible nature that right wingers, my words – like thune, rounds, noem – (she used national figures), lined up behind trump debasing our US institutions, courts, elections — shaking the public’s confidence in those and in our nation for 48 hours. Applebaum reminded, with specific examples and past dictators, that was exactly the approach used to over-throw governments to install dictatorships.

    There was no planted evidence. Trump’s attorney observed the recovery/search AND trump watched via the extensive video monitoring in Mar-a-Largo.
    The cult is strong, but will eventually collapse like the Soviet Union due to its massively lies and internal hypocrisy.

  49. leslie 2022-08-12 10:49

    Some people on the right—enraged and inflamed, caught in an echo chamber of undiluted anger and massive lies—clearly hope for [violence]. They are perpetually frenzied and hyper-agitated, convinced they are in an existential struggle against a wicked foe.

    In the face of this, virtually the entire Republican Party is egging them on. Based on no evidence right now, Republicans are promoting a narrative that the events of this week prove that the United States government and its chief law-enforcement agency are Nazi-like, corrupt to the core, at war with its own citizens.

    Thune, Rounds and Noem are clearly, to me, chief among them. McConnell and McCarthy are their leaders; one lacking a soul and the other lacking intelligence. Trumpism has destroyed all civility, integrity and wisdom in the race for the bottom in its bid to usurp power over the money and war machine the US is.

    The GOP death spiral. Saving a drowning panicked person is a dangerous occupation. Like the billionaire Mercer, funding Trump’s election, said: “Burn it all down!” They are pulling it all down around them.

    “If political violence comes, the Republican Party will be its authors and finishers. In his 1838 Young Men’s Lyceum speech, in which he warned about mob violence and people who disrespected America’s laws and courts, Abraham Lincoln said — As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

    Today it is Lincoln’s party that wants America to die by suicide.

  50. John 2022-08-12 17:01

    I’d like knowing what classified documents thune has from his July 4th trip to Moscow. Wondering for a friend.

  51. O 2022-08-12 20:19

    John, I just do not believe Trump is smart enough to be an asset for ANYONE. I would believe that he would do ANYTHING for money. This leaves me unsure of any theory of him being involved in espionage. Much like his involvement with the Russian election interference, his own incompetence — not his morality or decency — was what undermined that collusion.

  52. John 2022-08-13 06:59

    O, you may have a point there. trump leaves his option wide open to exercise a defense of incompetency, of incapacity, of mentally ill.

    Maybe trump expressed a unique fore thought through his 30,000 plus serial lies.

  53. leslie 2022-08-13 10:02

    SX, the count is well above 15 boxes (old news months ago). Well in the range of 50 boxes of secret documents, now. Please update us!

  54. leslie 2022-08-13 10:11

    “Apologists for Trump” (c) bearcreek and sx

    “If the allegation of criminal activity was a mere subterfuge to get quick access to highly classified materials, then that strikes me as a misuse of the search warrant process.” Gee I wonder if SCOTUS nominee, Federal Judge Merrick Garland, United States Attorney General, considered that?


  55. Sonia Jenner 2022-08-20 19:44

    Jerry, the person who appointed the head of the FBI was chump himself, it wasn’t President Obama but chump, and then there is chumps lie that President Obama took hundreds of thousands of top secret papers with him when he left, the truth was presented on National news media by the Archive , the papers from President Obama are in a tightly secure building in his hometown, he didn’t take them they were removed by the FBI and the National Archive so he could use them for his library or if he wrote another book, even he can’t just walk up and say he wants in to review any paper, he has to go thru the Government just like anyone else to be able to preview any paper, plus the Justice Department would have to look at his whole book and things that shouldn’t be out in public would be heavily redacted. Chump took them for a reason, who knows who may have seen them, in one of his first days in office he gave the Russian guy who we know was a spy even tho he was supposed to be a diplomat, top secret info that we got from Israel, and that made our friends in other governments be very careful what they shared with us putting us in risk.

  56. bearcreekbat 2022-08-21 00:44

    As to leslie’s question about what Merrick Garland considered when seeking this warranty,, my best guess (and I sure could be wrong) is that Garland believed in good faith that Trump had committed serious crimes and that the documents sought in the warrant application and affidavit would constitute evidence of those crimes. Personally I doubt that Garland intended to use an “allegation of criminal activity was a mere subterfuge to get quick access to highly classified materials,” but again I sure could be mistaken

  57. mike from iowa 2022-08-21 10:04

    Every single head of the FBI has been a wasicu magat male.

  58. leslie 2022-08-21 12:38

    At noon Aug. 25, the federal government will file proposed redactions to the warrant for the Aug. 8 search at Mar-a-Lago.

    The judge said if he agrees the federal government has met its burden, he will issue an order “accordingly.” If the judge finds the government has not met its burden, he and federal attorneys will discuss the issue.

    So we will wait and likely the redacted warrant affidavit will prove uninteresting. But Fox continues to trumpet Trump drivel:

    Trump announced on Monday that his palatial Florida residence had been raided….early Monday morning. The source said agents brought a “safe cracker” and cracked a “relatively new” safe in Mar-a-Lago. The source told Fox News there was “nothing in it.”

    “Number one, it was all declassified. Number two, they didn’t need to ‘seize’ anything,” Trump posted. “They could have had it anytime they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago.”

    Trump added: “It was in secured storage, with an additional lock put on as per their request.”

    “The Biden administration is in obvious damage control after their botched raid where they seized the President’s picture books, a ‘hand-written note,’ and declassified documents,” Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich told Fox News. “This raid of President Trump’s home was not just unprecedented, but unnecessary–and they are leaking lies and innuendos to try to explain away the weaponization of government against their dominant political opponent. This is outrageous.”

    The former president touted his current poll numbers saying they “are the strongest they have ever been, fundraising by the Republican Party is breaking all records, and midterm elections are fast approaching.”

    “This unprecedented political weaponization of law enforcement is inappropriate and highly unethical,” Trump said. “The world is watching as our Country is being brought to a new low, not only on our border, crime, economy, energy, national security, and so much more, but also with respect to our sacred elections!

    Rupert Murdoch doesn’t care about truth. “Fair and Balanced” Fox News doesn’t care about truth.

    Donald Trump doesn’t know what truth is.

    Mitch McConnell doesn’t care what truth is.

    And his boy, John Thune, is treading water, but doesn’t care about what truth is:

    (the Justice Department has shown it followed legal protocols in obtaining the search warrant, but needs to release more information about it. Thune said the DOJ’s reticence to offer details about the Trump investigation has caused people to question law enforcement’s motives.)

    [NO JOHN, your Fox News cohorts have caused your base to question reality in every way that benefits your party]

    “There’s just a lot of unanswered questions that, left to a vacuum, create lots of suspicions among the American people, and the one thing you don’t want is people not trusting law enforcement” Thune told

  59. leslie 2022-08-24 13:49

    we had many more Russian etc misinformation artists, like dale and grdz, here (why cory permits them free reign is a question) during the election run-ups.

    Conspiracy f*ck ups, those two.

  60. leslie 2022-09-03 14:35

    A Department of Justice court filing says classified documents were likely “moved and hidden.” That filing also noted that FBI agents found twice as many documents as had been initially turned over by Trump.
    NPR yesterday

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