The media has continually skewed its coverage of the unusual raid on the Trump family residence and the description of the documents seized, and some people are calling the FBI’s bluff.
Reuters, for instance, reported:
“Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s team may not have returned all the classified records removed from the White House at the end of his presidency even after an FBI search of his home, U.S. prosecutors warned on Thursday, calling it a potential national security risk that needs investigation.’
Trump is under investigation for retaining government records, some of which were marked as highly classified, at the resort in Palm Beach, Florida, his home after leaving office in January 2021.”
Don Surber, a 69-year-old West Virginian analyst and retired newspaperman, disputes this in notes on his blog:
“None of the material was classified.
President Trump declassified the material before shipping it to Mar-a-Lago. The commander-in-chief can declassify anything he wants.
But the media cares not about facts. The narrative is everything. The narrative now is that Trump stole nuclear codes to sell to Putin, according to Matt Drudge.
This is a goofy narrative and a dangerous one because so many people believe it.
But surely you do not expect the truth from a media that was OK with Obama using the FBI to spy on Trump. Russiagate was the cover story. The media gave itself Pulitzers for peddling that lie.
The Reuters story, though, is an admission that the FBI failed to get incriminating evidence of any crime.
Oh sure, the FBI took 1,693 newspapers, magazines and assorted clippings.
And the FBI said it had empty folders marked CLASSIFIED and the like.
But the FBI’s claim that Trump still has classified records reveals Biden’s Bureau failed to get enough evidence to indict.
Oh, they got a lot of things. Clothing. Gifts. Photographs. These are all things that one could use in a presidential library.
The National Archive bureaucracy wants the stuff for itself. The two sides have negotiated this little turf war.
The director of the National Archive retired in May and now we have a full-blown constitutional crisis thanks to the new director, Biden and the FBI.
The raid on Mar-a-Lago found nothing just like the Mueller witch hunt found nothing just like the first impeachment and second impeachment found nothing.
But the media keeps smearing Donald Trump while ignoring the millions of foreign bribes Biden raked in through his son, his daughter and his brother.
The media sees nothing wrong with the FBI raiding a former president’s home. The news reports drench with presumption of guilt.”
The judge who agreed to Trump’s reasonable request for a special master to review the materials with the FBI has received terrible press.
“U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon is facing sharp criticism following her decision this week to grant a request by former President Donald Trump’s legal team for an independent arbiter to review documents obtained during an FBI search of his Florida property last month.
Cannon on Monday authorized an outside legal expert to review the records taken during the Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago as part of a probe into Trump’s inappropriate retention of sensitive material from the White House.
The expert would have power to weed out any material that might be protected by claims of attorney-client privilege or executive privilege.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
The order came over the strenuous objections of the Justice Department, which said a so-called special master was not necessary in part because officials had already completed their review of potentially privileged documents.
The move was cheered by Trump supporters seeking a check on the government’s probe.
But others say Cannon gave undue deference to the former president and unnecessarily put on hold certain investigative work by the Justice Department.
They say she has slowed the momentum of the federal investigation into possible Espionage Act violations.” CONTINUE READING…