In an interview with the media, President Donald J. Trump discusses some of the declassified documents that were seized from him during a highly charged FBI search at his family’s Florida residence in August.
Back in 2020, Trump was open about his worries about the degree of dishonesty he anticipated from the administrative state, or “swamp,” who was likely to trash the very papers that cleared him in the highly political Russia investigation of his nomination, campaign, and presidency.
In his final days as president, Trump hurriedly declassified crucial records because he appeared to distrust the new Biden government, according to Newsmax.
Of course, he encountered fierce opposition from the DC insiders, who disregarded his authority as President and disobeyed his commands.
Other media sources corroborated such reports.
Trump told multiple people that he was worried that Joe Biden’s administration would “shred,” “bury,” or “destroy” the evidence because he thought the records would reveal a “Deep State” plot against him.
“Trump, believing the documents would expose a “Deep State” plot against him, told several people that he was concerned that incoming President Joe Biden’s administration would “shred,” bury, or destroy “the evidence,” according to Rolling Stone.
However, the federal government put up a lot of effort to oppose Trump and botched the declassification of his materials, providing a strange opening for the Biden administration to abuse power through.
One month after FBI agents searched Trump’s Florida home in search of “11 sets of sensitive information,” Rolling Stone revealed that the DOJ had probable cause to carry out the search due to potential Espionage Act violations.
The declassification of the materials was urged upon by Trump and his legal team.
In an interview with Newsmax on September 1, Trump said,“I think they thought it was something to do with the Russia, Russia, Russia hoax.”
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“They were afraid that things were in there — part of their scam material,” he claimed.
John Ratcliffe, a former Texas congressman who Trump appointed as head of national intelligence, told Fox News last week that, based on his observations, the agency “didn’t discover what they were looking” for.
“I was a former federal prosecutor, United States attorney. Let me tell you what this is about. Good prosecutors with good cases play it straight. They don’t need to play games,” Ratcliffe remarked of Justice Department employees. “They don’t need to shop for judges, they don’t need to leak intelligence that may or may not exist.”
Ratcliffe said that the Justice Department’s opposition to a federal court appointing a special master to examine purportedly classified papers“tells you that the government didn’t find what they were looking for.”
He said, “There weren’t nuclear secrets ” at Trump’s home. and they’re trying to justify what they’ve done. They’re not playing it straight before the American people. I think that that’s going to play out.”
The Epoch Times also pointed out that Ratcliffe did not provide concrete support for his assertions.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
The outlet noted further:
Since the Aug. 8 raid on Mar-a-Lago, neither the DOJ nor the FBI has revealed what materials agents were trying to find. A heavily redacted affidavit used to obtain the search warrant last week provided few details, but it said prosecutors believed there were allegedly classified documents being kept in Trump’s Florida residence.
The former president and some former White House aides say that Trump had a standing order to declassify any materials that left the Oval Office and were taken to Mar-a-Lago.