Page 1: The corrupt Biden Administration has informed my attorneys that I have been Indicted, seemingly over the Boxes Hoax, even though Joe Biden has 1850 Boxes at the University of Delaware, additional Boxes in Chinatown, D.C., with even more Boxes at the University of Pennsylvania, and documents strewn all over his garage floor where he parks his Corvette, and which is "secured" by only a garage door that is paper thin, and open much of the time.
FWIW, I have always believed that the whole reason Trump ran for president in the first place was because the authorities were honing in on his Russian money laundering business.
“As president, I could have declassified, but now I can’t,” Trump says, according to the transcript.
Judges in most federal cases are assigned at random. But the apparent nods to Cannon and Reinhart on the summons for Trump might actually reflect the fact that both have already played roles in the proceedings, experts said.
"If the case is being overseen by the same district and magistrate judges, that means the court likely considered the indictment to be 'related' to the search warrant and intentionally assigned it to those judges," former senior Justice Department national security official Brandon Van Grack told ABC News.
He made a motion as though - well, okay, why don't you take them with you to your hotel room and if there's anything really bad in there, like you know, pluck it out. That was the motion he made.
On December 7, 2021, NAUTA found several of TRUMP's boxes fallen and their contents spilled onto the floor of the Storage Room, including a document marked "SECRET//REL TO US, FVEY," which denoted that the information in the document was releasable only to the Five Eyes intelligence alliance consisting of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. NAUTA texted Trump Employee 2, "I opened the door and I found this..." NAUTA also attached two photographs he took of the spill [one of which is in the indictment]. Trump Employee 2 replied, "Oh no oh no," and "I'm sorry potus had my phone."
I think now more than ever we ought to be finding ways we could actually come together and this kind of this kind of action by the Department of Justice I think would only fuel further division in the country. Let me also say I think it would also send a terrible message to The Wider world. I mean we're the emblem of democracy, we're the symbol of Justice in the world and the serious matter which has already happened once in New York. Indicting a former president of the United States sends a terrible message to the world. I hope the doj thinks better of it and resolves these issues without an indictment
Sir, I just want to clarify what you're saying is that if they believe he committed a crime they should not go forward with an indictment. You just talked before about committing to the rule of law.
Let me be clear that no one's above the law. Okay. But with regard to the unique circumstances here - and look I - those classified - I had no business having classified documents in my residence, and I took full responsibility for it. President Biden had no business having them in his residence from when he was vice president as well, and the same with former president Trump. But I would just hope that there would be a way for them to move forward without the dramatic and drastic and divisive step of indicting a former president of the United States. We've got to find a way to move our country forward and and restore confidence in equal treatment under the law in this country we really do.
I'm pretty convinced that some advanced American nuclear armaments are going to be showing up on the arch-villain equivalent of Ebay sometime soon.
Right now he could be literally dead and enough people would support him they'd nominate his corpse for the presidency.
Right now he could be literally dead and enough people would support him they'd nominate his corpse for the presidency.
To be fair, that would improve my chance of voting for him.
In the recollections of the various operators and strivers and morally malleable retreads and aspiring genocidaires and off-brand Beltway reptiles and innumerable lawyers whose paths crossed with Trump's during his time in power there is almost always some moment when they awaken to the fact that the person they are talking to, who is beloved by millions and temporarily the most powerful man in the world, is not just a blowzy weirdo but a fucking dunce. It's not like these people were there because they believed in him, although there are a few of those; these people are all, in varying ways and to varying degrees, amoral opportunists who thought that they might be able to get something from Trump, and that helping him do whatever it was that he wanted to do at that moment might help them get what they want, down the line. Many of them surely knew that Trump wouldn't do anything to help them on purpose. The ones that actually believed in him seemed to love him precisely because of how selfish and cruel he was, and saw it as aspirational; the rest realized that he was world-historically distractible and, again, kind of a dunce, and figured that they might be able to get theirs while his attention was elsewhere. It is America's strange blessing and profound damage that it keeps producing more and more people who believe that this sort of thing might work for them, which it never does.
Again and again, though, the indictment doesn't so much undercut the significance of that badness as recontextualize it relative to Donald Trump doing the only things that he ever does. Breaking laws in an oafish, overt, seemingly arbitrary way is absolutely Some Donald Trump Shit. But what Trump was doing with all those secret and confidential documents, the indictment reveals, was also Some Donald Trump Shit. While he is certainly one of the most bribe-able individuals of his generation and unquestionably unbound by any higher or finer concerns whatsoever, and while that would not really be the sort of person you'd want having a bunch of sensitive documents in their possession, it is equally salient that Trump is fundamentally an absolutely whopping bitch whose deepest personal desire and abiding life's passion has always been showing off in weird ways and pursuing vinegary personal feuds.
you shut your mouth, Sonny was a hothead but he was martyred for his fam -- wait, I take it back
“If you want to get to President Trump, you are going to have go through me, and you are going to have to go through 75 million Americans just like me. And I’m going to tell you, most of us are card-carrying members of the N.R.A.”
...from what we know now (and, sure, it's definitely possible that a thousand more shoes will drop), it looks like Trump did all this just because he wanted to keep important shit and show off what a big shot he was. Motherfucker waved around documents and talked about how secret they were. It was just another version of dick measuring: "Oh, you own a Picasso? Well, I can tell you how to blow up France. Top that." And he didn't want to give them back because then he wouldn't be that big shot anymore. They were his and fuck you if you wanted them back.
I mean, honestly, it would be less embarrassing if this whole thing turns out to be espionage because at least there's a fucking purpose beyond feeding the voracious ego of a soulless orange monster with mommy, daddy, and every other relative issues. At least it would mean more than impressing the dead-eyed zombies with botox smiles parading around a cut-rate Xanadu, pretending to worship the moron king who gets off playing DJ, spinning "YMCA" while everyone gorges themselves at the overpriced feed trough. God, this is all so devoid of meaning that the nation should be ashamed that it allowed his election, that it allowed him to roam free for so long, that it didn't rise up and vomit him out like bad, overcooked steak.
there was actual Nazi infiltration of our government during WWII that was brought to a spectacularly failed trial
Lest you think Trump is being indicted for something like sneaking the CIA World Factbook out of the Oval Office, note that Trump himself (always his own worst enemy) helpfully made clear just how serious the material he stole was by consenting to be recorded showing them off and talking about them. The battle plans and highly classified maps of war zones are just the ones we know about, and that’s only because Trump was acting simultaneously like the star of a comedy of errors and A Confederacy of Dunces.
And dunces these people are. The tale of how irresponsibly Trump and his underlings stored these documents (which he mindlessly regarded as his personal “papers”) takes up the remarkable first segment of the indictment. From an open ballroom to a bathroom, to a shower, to a storage closet by a liquor cabinet, Trump was directing his people to lug all these boxes of classified information around to comically insecure and high-traffic areas. Forget about reasonable security, forget about potential exposure to foreign agents; we’re just lucky nobody accidentally urinated on America’s Iranian counterstrike plan during the years 2021–22.
But that of course is only half of the indictment, the other half pertaining to what Trump did after the federal authorities became aware of his acts. This is the point where the obstruction and conspiracy charges begin, my friends. Per the document, Trump first asked one of his attorneys to aver to the feds that he had no classified documents. But when his attorney said it would be necessary to search the premises in order to certify to the FBI that Trump indeed held no classified information, the former president then explicitly directed a flunky to move boxes full of classified information from their unsecure storage space at Mar-a-Lago to his home on the property so that his own attorney wouldn’t find out he was lying about them. It is an almost comically textbook conspiracy case.
So, apparently Trump has no local counsel for tomorrow, which may mean the arraignment has to wait - though not the surrender.
At several points, the unsealed indictment points towards more possible misconduct by Trump and some of his associates that is not covered by the charges it brings. The fact that special counsel Jack Smith is willing to make these factual allegations suggests that he and his team have already begun to investigate them and reached at least some preliminary conclusions. And federal prosecutors are not limited to just one bite at the apple; if they acquire sufficient evidence of additional criminal conduct, they can file updated or additional indictments, both in Florida and elsewhere.
This weekend, Lawfare Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Wittes had a conversation on Read With Me, a by-subscription-only podcast associated with Ben’s Substack Dog Shirt Daily. In this episode, Ben went through the indictment of Donald Trump at great length and with particular care with Lawfare Fulton County Court Correspondent Anna Bower and Lawfare Contributing Editor Matt Tait. It's a line-by-line, page-by-page analysis that we thought might be a good resource for people who are trying to make sense of the indictment—where it's strong, where it raises issues, what issues it raises, and where things might go from here.
Unfortunately, the nature of these crimes is such that both prosecution and judgment must be by victor nations over vanquished foes. The worldwide scope of the aggressions carried out by these men has left but few real neutrals. Either the victors must judge the vanquished or we must leave the defeated to judge themselves. After the first World War, we learned the futility of the latter course.
We will not ask you to convict these men on the testimony of their foes. There is no count in the Indictment that cannot be proved by books and records. The Germans were always meticulous record keepers, and these defendants had their share of the Teutonic passion for thoroughness in putting things on paper. Nor were they without vanity. They arranged frequently to be photographed in action. We will show you their own films. You will see their own conduct and hear their own voices as these defendants re-enact for you, from the screen, some of the events in the course of the conspiracy.
Whoever having unauthorized possession of, access to, or control over any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note relating to the national defense, or information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted, or attempts to communicate, deliver, transmit or cause to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it
I turned on the tv and caught a sign in the H U G E (not big at all), peaceful crowd that said "LOCK HIM UP," so that's fun.
I was vaguely listening to MSNBC, and after the hearing let out two people said something about 71 counts, or 71 somethings. I don't see that number on their website..
Any idea if that was just a mis-speaking? I was wondering if there were more counts.
Donors are beginning to drift in at Bedminster. So are Trump allies, including Kash Patel, who worked as chief of staff at the Pentagon at the end of the Trump administration. Patel has been endorsing the idea that Trump declassified the documents, despite what prosecutors say.
Mr. Trump’s body language in the courtroom suggested he understood the gravity of the situation. A former president who thrives on being in control seemed uncomfortable with having so little as a defendant.
In reality, however, the notion that the DOJ is selectively prosecuting Trump for political reasons is not merely wrong but the very opposite of the truth: As a matter of fact, the federal government has been affording Trump extraordinary leniency, likely as a product of political considerations.
In January of last year, Trump returned 197 classified documents to the federal government. Despite his willfully retaining those documents for months, the federal indictment released last week does not charge Trump in connection with any of them — which is to say, the DOJ gave Trump a pass on 197 potential counts of willful retention of national defense information. Instead, it charged him with only 31 counts, each corresponding with a highly classified document that Trump knowingly withheld from the government in January 2022 and the FBI later obtained.
The sad, strange truth of Trump’s case is that the Justice Department tried to let him get away with a crime but the ex-president would not let it. Rather, he tore up his “get out of jail free” card so flamboyantly that the DOJ had little choice but to bring charges.
1) Stay in South Florida. Unlike most accused felons, Trump can hop in his jet and fly all over the world raising money.
2) Provide a DNA sample. Imagine if those who have accused Trump of sexual assault could know that prosecutors could check their dresses against Trump's DNA.
3) Turn in his passport.
4) Call his probation officer every week to assure her he was staying out of trouble.
5) Pee in a cup to see if he's abusing much adderall.
6) Get teated for alcohol abuse [Doesn't matter, he doesn't drink]
7) Get any mental illnesses diagnosed and treated.
8) and 9) Find a job that doesn't involve defrauding small donors.
10) Try to sell Truth Social.
11) Let his probation officer search his phone.
There are good reasons not to impose such restrictions on an accused criminal running for President. These are the release conditions DOJ asked for.
But when Trump claims to be a victim, remember how much leeway DOJ is giving him BECAUSE he is a political candidate.
Biden Is So Inside Their Heads
The marvel of the moment for me is how Joe Biden can simultaneously be:
A doddering old man but also running the most corrupt crime family in the history of the universe;
Barely able to stay upright on his own two feet but an evil genius who has orchestrated a vast conspiracy with the Deep State to take down his chief political rival;
Inept and bungling but somehow managed to defeat the incumbent MAGA president, haul the United States into Marxism, and seize dictatorial powers.
This Biden guy is pretty amazing when you think about it.
The legal uncertainties that surround bringing charges in Florida for dissemination of national-security secrets in Bedminster leaves open the possibility that charges might yet be brought in New Jersey—a backup plan of sorts for Smith. If Aileen Cannon, the Florida judge assigned to the case, were to seek to pocket-veto the charges before her by, say, scheduling the trial for after the 2024 presidential election, the special counsel would be able to sidestep her tactic by proceeding with charges in New Jersey.
In fact, the Miami indictment conspicuously excludes many facts surrounding Trump’s actions in Bedminster: what boxes were taken there, what they contained, how they were kept at the golf club. This silence suggests that there might be more to come from the famously hard-charging Smith and his team of prosecutors, who put together an otherwise highly detailed 49-page indictment.
The enemy is both weak and strong. “[…] the followers must be convinced that they can overwhelm the enemies. Thus, by a continuous shifting of rhetorical focus, the enemies are at the same time too strong and too weak.”
the enemies are at the same time too strong and too weak.
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