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One seldom finds a smoking gun that proves governmental corruption.  In the Trump raid case, one has been found.  There can be no question now: the raid, all the attempts over six years to get Trump by any means necessary, have all been a political witch hunt perpetrated by corrupt politicians and bureaucrats afraid Trump, or someone like him, will finally end their wealth, power and privilege.  The DOJ and FBI are, obviously, entirely corrupted political thugs, a D/S/C Stasi.

How do we know?  John Solomon at Just The News, reports:

Long before it professed no prior knowledge of the raid on Donald Trump’s estate, the Biden White House worked directly with the Justice Department and National Archives to instigate the criminal probe into alleged mishandling of documents, allowing the FBI to review evidence retrieved from Mar-a-Lago this spring and eliminating the 45th president’s claims to executive privilege, according to contemporaneous government documents reviewed by Just the News.

The memos show then-White House Deputy Counsel Jonathan Su was engaged in conversations with the FBI, DOJ and National Archives as early as April, shortly after 15 boxes of classified and other materials were voluntarily returned to the federal historical agency from Trump’s Florida home.

By May, Su conveyed to the Archives that President Joe Biden would not object to waiving his predecessor’s claims to executive privilege, a decision that opened the door for DOJ to get a grand jury to issue a subpoena compelling Trump to turn over any remaining materials he possessed from his presidency.

If a successor can waive a former president’s privilege, no privilege for any president exists.  The ramifications are disastrous, as presidential advisors know the advise they give their president will be used for political purposes, exposed for all to see.  Just The News has possession of various memos and e-mails between the agencies and White House months before the FBI Mar-A-Lago raid.

The most complete summary was contained in a lengthy letter dated May 10 that acting National Archivist Debra Steidel Wall sent Trump’s lawyers summarizing the White House’s involvement.

‘On April 11, 2022, the White House Counsel’s Office — affirming a request from the Department of Justice supported by an FBI letterhead memorandum — formally transmitted a request that NARA provide the FBI access to the 15 boxes for its review within seven days, with the possibility that the FBI might request copies of specific documents following its review of the boxes,’ Wall wrote Trump defense attorney Evan Corcoran.

That letter revealed Biden empowered the National Archives and Records Administration [NARA] to waive any claims to executive privilege that Trump might assert to block DOJ from gaining access to the documents.

‘The Counsel to the President has informed me that, in light of the particular circumstances presented here, President Biden defers to my determination, in consultation with the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, regarding whether or not I should uphold the former President’s purported ‘protective assertion of executive privilege,’ Wall wrote. ‘… I have therefore decided not to honor the former President’s ‘protective’ claim of privilege.’

If all of this is beginning, gentle readers, to smell like a set-up, that’s only because it is.  Why would they want to ignore President Trump’s privilege claim? They’re anticipating charging him with something—anything—and trying to remove one of his defenses beforehand.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee and the committee’s likely chairman if the GOP win control of Congress in November, called the Biden White House’s involvement and privilege waiver ‘amazing news’ with implications for past and future presidents.

‘Look, the left, they’ve been out to get President Trump because President Trump’s a threat to the clique, to the swamp, to the bureaucracy, to the deep state,’ Jordan told the ‘Just the News, Not Noise’ television show Tuesday night. ‘Whatever term you want to use. And they all know it.’

‘That’s why they were out to get him before he was in office, and they set up the whole Russia collusion hoax. It’s why they tried to get him while he was in office. And of course, obviously they continue to do so now that he’s left. It’s just never going to end.’

Nor will it end for any Republican President.  Any future Republican President will face continual harassment and attempts to destroy him, his family and his associates unless fundamental changes can be forced on the Swamp and all its denizens.  I’ve often agreed with Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz, despite his impeccable D/S/C credentials.  We’ve agreed because despite his leftism, he believes in the Constitution and stands up for the rule of law.

‘I was very surprised,’ Dershowitz said after reading the text of Wall’s letter. ‘The current president should not be able to waive the executive privilege of a predecessor, without the consent of the former president. Otherwise, [privilege] means nothing. What president will ever discuss anything in private if he knows the man who beat him can and will disclose it.’

While some courts have upheld the notion of a successor president waiving privilege for a predecessor, Dershowitz said the matter remains to be decided definitively by the U.S. Supreme Court.

‘The best thinking is that an incumbent president cannot waive the right of the previous president,’ he said in a phone interview with Just the News. ‘It would make a mockery of the whole notion of privilege.’

Indeed it would, which is the point.  D/S/Cs intend to rule by force, to rule eternally. Under such a government, the Constitution and the Supreme Court don’t matter.  Just The News also reports it was the General Services Administration that packed up the boxes that left the White House when Trump vacated it, not Trump and not his staff.  That would seem to make it difficult to claim Trump took any particular document, or even that he knew any particular document was sitting in a box in a Mar-A-Lago storeroom.

‘In its initial review of materials within those boxes, NARA identified items marked as classified national security information, up to the level of Top Secret and including Sensitive Compartmented Information and Special Access Program materials,’ Wall wrote. ‘NARA informed the Department of Justice about that discovery, which prompted the Department to ask the President to request that NARA provide the FBI with access to the boxes at issue so that the FBI and others in the Intelligence Community could examine them.’

The correspondence and emails show Corcoran had a phone conversation with Su about privilege claims in the spring, with Trump’s lawyers raising concerns that some of the materials were subject to Trump’s claims of executive privilege.

‘We have requested the ability to review the documents,’ Corcoran wrote National Archives General Counsel Gary Stern on April 29, copying Su on the letter. ‘That review is necessary in order to ascertain whether any specific document is subject to privilege. We would respectfully request that you restrict access to the documents until we have had the opportunity to review the documents and to consult with President Donald J. Trump so that he may personally make any decision to assert a claim of constitutionally based privilege.’

The Government quickly changed its mind:

‘The White House Counsel’s Office acquiesced in an extension of the production date to April 29, and so advised NARA,’ she wrote. ‘In accord with that agreement, we had not yet provided the FBI with access to the records when we received your letter on April 29, and we have continued to refrain from providing such access to date.’

‘It has now been four weeks since we first informed you of our intent to provide the FBI access to the boxes so that it and others in the Intelligence Community can conduct their reviews. Notwithstanding the urgency conveyed by the Department of Justice and the reasonable extension afforded to the former President, your April 29 letter asks for additional time for you to review the materials in the boxes.’

‘Accordingly, I have consulted with the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel to inform my ‘determination as to whether to honor the former President’s claim of privilege or instead to disclose the Presidential records notwithstanding the claim of privilege.’ … I have therefore decided not to honor the former President’s ‘protective’ claim of privilege.’

Within a couple of weeks of Wall’s letter to Corocoran, the DOJ sent a grand jury subpoena to Trump’s team demanding the return of any remaining national security documents, which precipitated a voluntary visit by the FBI to Mar-a-Lago on June 3, when agents picked a small amount of materials Trump’s lawyers said were responsive to the subpoena

Two months later, the FBI escalated again, seeking a search warrant to raid the Trump estate on Aug. 8.

It’s clear the White House, National Archives, DOJ and FBI were working for months to set Trump up.  The White House’s claim to have no prior knowledge about the raid is plainly a lie.  But even the documents Just The News has uncovered indicate Trump was voluntarily complying with the Government’s requests, while upholding presidential privilege not only for himself, but for all past and future presidents, which is no more than many past presidents have done.  They also reveal there was no possible “emergency” that would have justified the unconstitutional search warrant.

Now Trump has filed a lawsuit, demanding the return of documents not covered by the search warrant.  This is more a legal than practical necessity, as the warrant was a general warrant, constitutionally overbroad, hence, illegal.  In that suit, Trump demands a special master be appointed to review all documents seized to determine which are covered by privilege and other matters of law.  How much had Trump been cooperating before the raid?  Prof. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection provides this part of the text:

On May 11, 2022, Movant voluntarily accepted service of a grand jury subpoena addressed to the custodian of records for the Office of Donald J. Trump, seeking documents bearing classification markings. President Trump determined that a search for documents bearing classification markings should be conducted-even if the marked documents had been declassified-and his staff conducted a diligent search of the boxes that had been moved from the White House to Florida. On June 22, 2022, President Trump, through counsel, invited the FBI to come to Mar-a-Lago to retrieve responsive documents.

That doesn’t sound like Trump was trying to conceal anything, does it?

The next day, on June 3, 2022, Jay Bratt, Chief of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section in the DOJ’s National Security Division, came to Mar-a-Lago, accompanied by three FBI agents. President Trump greeted them in the dining room at Mar-a-Lago. There were two other attendees.: the person designated as the custodian of records for the Office of Donald J. Trump, and counsel for President Trump. Before leaving the group, President Trump’s last words to Mr. Bratt and the FBI agents were as follows: ‘Whatever you need, just let us know.’

Responsive documents were provided to the FBI agents. Mr. Bratt asked to inspect a storage room. Counsel for President Trump advised the group that President Trump had authorized him to take the group to that room. The group proceeded to the storage room, escorted by two Secret Service agents. The storage room contained boxes, many containing the clothing and personal items of President Trump and the First Lady. When their inspection was completed, the group left the area.

Once back in the dining room, one of the FBI agents said, ‘Thank you. You did not need to show us the storage room, but we appreciate it. Now it all makes sense.’ Counsel for President Trump then closed the interaction and advised the Government officials that they should contact him with any further needs on the matter.

Would any reasonable jury conclude Trump was denying the government access or documents?  Of course, a DC jury would surely be another matter.

On June 8, 2022, Mr. Bratt wrote to counsel for President Trump. His letter requested, in pertinent part, that the storage room be secured. In response, President Trump directed his staff to place a second lock on the door to the storage room, and one was added. In the days that followed, President Trump continued to assist the Government. For instance, members of his personal and household staff were made available for voluntary interviews by the FBI. On June 22, 2022, the Government sent a subpoena to the Custodian of Records for the Trump Organization seeking footage from surveillance cameras at Mar-a-Lago. At President Trump’s direction, service of that subpoena was voluntarily accepted, and responsive video footage was provided to the Government.

Take the link to the LI article, which provides additional information.

Final Thoughts:  Clearly, the Biden Meat Puppet Administration is plotting to make it impossible for Donald Trump to win a second presidential term.  It’s highly unlikely Joe Biden will run in 2024.  Not only do D/S/Cs not want him, his rapidly accelerating mental decline will surely make it impossible.  It’s unlikely he’ll be able to complete his first term.  In the near future, no combination of drugs will enable him to appear in public for even a few minutes, so obvious is the progression of his disease.

It’s equally likely Biden really has no idea what’s going on from day to day.  This framing of Donald Trump is the work of the Swamp, the Deep State, the federal bureaucracy, the DOJ, the FBI and all the rest.  They know if Trump has another term, he’ll do great damage to them all, particularly if he has a Republican controlled Congress.  I’m less encouraged in that even with a Republican Congress, there will be more than enough RINO/Never Trumper/Georgetown Party faux Republicans to blunt whatever Trump tries to accomplish.  Of course, the same will be true for any future Republican president.

I also suspect Trump has a number of—pardon the expression—trump cards up his sleeve, ready to play them when the time is right, and surely if and when he is arrested and a trial begins. 

It is becoming increasingly clear D/S/Cs are running an incompetent and lawless government, dedicated not to upholding the Constitution and preserving America for Americans, but only to maintaining their own political power and privilege.  As Donald Trump has so often said, they’re not after him, they’re after Normal Americans; he’s just in the way.  They’re hoping an arrest, a conviction—or not—and all the media smears they can possibly conjure will be enough to ensure Trump’s electoral defeat.

Unless and until these anti-American thugs can be effectively neutered, once and for all, America’s future may be brief and ugly.  Much more, gentle readers, in the near future.