According to a fantastic new article in the Federalist, the political raid on the Florida home of Donald J. Trump’s family last month demonstrates a highly organized politicization of the raid as well as of the FBI and DOJ. This is because the raid has resulted in more leaks in just three weeks than Special Counsel John Durham’s team managed to uncover in three years.
Additionally, some resistance is approaching.
According to Margot Cleveland’s post for the outlet, “Special Master Order Reveals Biden’s Direct Involvement In Trump Raid And Six Other Bombshells.”
Donald Trump’s request for the appointment of a special master to examine the records collected by the FBI during a raid on his Mar-a-Lago residence last month was granted by a federal judge on Monday.
The Department of Justice is prohibited from reviewing or using any evidence that has been seized for criminal investigation purposes, according to presiding judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee.
The top seven takeaways from Cannon’s order that demonstrate Trump is being targeted were then specifically outlined by Cleveland. Following is a list of her seven points:
1. President Biden had a direct hand in it
“In including a quote in her order from a letter by Biden, Cannon cited the letter the NARA’s acting archivist sent to Trump’s lawyer.
That letter explained that Biden had decided to defer to the archivist’s “determination, in consultation with the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, regarding whether or not [the archivist] should uphold the former President’s purported ‘protective assertion of executive privilege.’”
The acting archivist then went on to say in the letter that she had made the decision not to accept Trump’s assertion of privilege after speaking with the assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel.
Although those parts of the letter have previously received media attention, Monday’s order brought attention to a crucial clause that was overlooked by the media: “NARA will provide the FBI access to the records in question, as requested by the incumbent President, beginning as early as Thursday, May 12, 2022” (emphasis added).”
2. The Trump Targeting Timeline Is Suspect
The timeline of events, which the court exposed by outlining in clear chronological order, is the subject of the second key information disclosed by Monday’s ruling.
The archivist informed Trump’s legal representatives on May 10, 2022, that ““NARA will provide the FBI access to the records in question, as requested by the incumbent President, beginning as early as Thursday, May 12, 2022.”
Additionally, the DOJ “obtained a grand jury subpoena” on May 11, 2022, for “[a]ny and all documents or writings in the custody or control of Donald J. Trump and/or the Office of Donald J. Trump displaying classified markings,” before the DOJ took ownership of the 15 boxes from NARA.
3. Not So Fast Joe – It Can’t Be Done So Quickly To Avoid Trump’s Executive Privilege
Another significant aspect of the court’s processing of Trump’s request for a review of the evidence seized to address “executive privilege” issues was included in Monday’s order.
The Biden administration contended that Trump lacked the legal authority to claim “executive privilege” against the present executive branch in opposition to his request for a special master. The Supreme Court has not “rule[d] out the possibility of a former President overcoming an incumbent President on executive privilege matters,” according to the court, which came to the conclusion that the Biden administration’s “position arguably overstates the law.”
4. Investigation Team Members Viewed Private Attorney-Client Documents
A Privilege Review Team had examined the evidence to see if it was covered by the attorney-client privilege, but the Biden administration had not done so to assess any potential executive privilege concerns.
The government objected to the appointment of a special master to perform “another round of screening” because it had already reviewed the material, claiming that it would be “unnecessary” to do so.
5. Lots of Personal Material Was Taken by the DOJ
“Another revelation from Monday’s order concerned the amount of personal material the FBI seized. The Government’s inventory reflects a seizure of approximately 11,000 documents and 1,800 other items from Plaintiff’s residence,” according to the court.
Of the material seized, the court said approximately 100 documents contained classification markings. But the FBI also seized some 500 pages of material potentially protected by attorney-client privilege, medical documents, correspondence related to taxes, and accounting information.”
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
6. FBI Suggested Trump Committed a Crime by Returning a Torn-Up Document to the NARA
The sixth revelation came not directly from the court’s opinion but from the government filings referenced in Monday’s order and specifically the DOJ’s response brief in opposition to Trump’s request for the appointment of a special master. CONTINUE READING…