DDonald Trump’s hellish week turned red. Friday, reports have emerged that he was suspected violating the Espionage Act, removing or destroying records and obstructing an investigation. Separate inventory receipts indicate that FBI agents recovered a trove of classified documents from Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s home and club in Palm Beach.
specifically, the agents found four sets of “top secret documents”, three sets of “secret documents” and three sets of “confidential documents”. Whether this all relates to US nuclear capabilities remains a mystery.
Thursday night, the Washington Post had reported that the FBI sought “nuclear documents and other material, according to even worse sources”. For his part, Trump denied research related to nuclear weapons and called the claims a “hoax.”
Earlier Thursday, Merrick Garland, the attorney general, told reporters the buck stops with him. At the same time, the Ministry of Justice also decided to unseal the search warrant and the inventory list.
Trump’s ‘no objection’ the ministry of justice asked the court to make the search warrant and inventory public. Late Thursday, the former president bought into the department’s bet. “Release the documents now!” Trump announced on Truth Social.
Nuclear bombs and the pungent smell of espionage possibly committed by the ex-president are now in the air. Jay Bratt signed the Department of Justice brief. He heads the department’s counterintelligence and export control bureau.
Once upon a time, Trump considered pardoning Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. Both men have been charged under the Espionage Act.
In his book on the Trump presidency, Rage, Bob Woodward quoted Trump as saying, “We’ve got some stuff you haven’t even seen or heard of.” We have things that Putin and Xi have never heard of before. There is no one – what we have is incredible.
As an act of deviation, Trump also attacked the 44th president“I keep asking what happened to the 33 million pages of documents taken to Chicago by President Obama.”
Earlier in the week, Trump said the FBI had defiled his secure space. At the right time, members of his family, the Republican Party and the right-wing media ransacked the federal government and the Biden administration. Thursday evening, they remained momentarily silent.
So far, they’ve done their best to portray the former guy as a victim. Senator Rand Paul raised the specter of hidden evidence. Rudy Giuliani has sworn that if Trump is re-elected, the feds will swoop down on the Bidens. A Trump fundraising outburst read, “Remember, they were never after President Trump. They have always been after YOU.
This is the same crowd that has continued to demand – six years after the 2016 election – that Hillary Clinton be locked up. In other words, “law and order” means everything that they or they choose it to mean, like Humpty Dumpty in Alice in Wonderland. ” No more no less “.
On this point, the FBI field office in Cincinnati was attacked by Ricky Walter Shiffer just before Garland’s announcement. Law enforcement later confirmed that they had killed him. Shiffer was at the Capitol on January 6. In death he had finally caught up with Ashli Babbitt. For the record, Shiffer and Babbitt were veterans.
The Mar-a-Lago explosion helped Trump regain his grip on the Republican Party. With the notable exception of Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, senior Republicans bowed again: Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, Mitch McConnell, Ron DeSantis, Kevin McCarthy, Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio. The group is back.
Yet all of this comes at a high cost to their ambitions. The red wave anticipated in the coming semesters may have peaked. The Republican Party underperformed in Minnesota’s recent special state election. Now the party risks losing its natural edge on national security issues.
Beyond that, the latest Fox News poll reports Democrats tied the Republican Party on the generic House ballot, at 41% all. Just a few months ago, Republicans held a seven-point lead. Meanwhile, the public disapproved of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade by a margin greater than three-two.
White women without a four-year degree disapprove even more strongly (60-35) than those with a university degree (54-44). Suburban Women Give Roe’s End a deep thumbs down, 65-33. The raging culture war and Trump’s antics could even allow Nancy Pelosi to continue wielding the president’s gavel in January 2023.
This fall, Trump will be on the ballot even if his name is not on it. Whether he will be impeached is an open question.