29 thoughts on “On Sale!

  1. Puzzling Evidence says:

    According to the New York Times New York Times that former President Donald Trump had over 300 documents at Mar-a-Lago and that he
    Trump-era records were not returned to the government during the waning days of Donald Trump’s presidency despite a determination by his White House counsel that they should be, according to an email that National Archives and Records Administration chief counsel Gary Stern sent to Trump’s lawyers in May 2021. https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/24/politics/national-archives-email-cipollone-trump-documents/index.html
    Trump reportedly described the items as “mine” and resisted efforts to return the materials. He also appears he personally went through the boxes containing the documents in 2021.

  2. Petarded says:

    If Trump is found to have violated federal law in removing and retaining classified documents without authorization, he could be convicted of a felony punishable by five years in prison. And that conviction would be a felony carrying that punishment because of a law signed by President Donald Trump. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/08/10/trump-fbi-search-surveillance-law/
    S.139 – FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017:
    “Whoever, being an officer, employee, contractor, or consultant of the United States, and, by virtue of his office, employment, position, or contract, becomes possessed of documents or materials containing classified information of the United States, knowingly removes such documents or materials without authority and with the intent to retain such documents or materials at an unauthorized location shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than five years, or both.” [a Federal class E felony]

  3. Goshes says:

    “Any documents that made it to the White House residence were these boxes Trump carried around with him,” explained Stephanie Grisham, a former senior White House staffer. “Usually the body man would have brought them upstairs for Trump or someone from the outer-Oval at the end of the day. They would get handed off to the residence and just disappear.”
    Boxes of documents even came with Trump on foreign travel, following him to hotel rooms around the world — including countries considered foreign adversaries of the United States.
    Washington Post, “Inside Trump’s war on the National Archives” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/08/27/trump-archives-records-war/

  4. 4theRecord says:

    US government documents were “likely concealed and removed” from a storage room at Mar-a-Lago as part of an effort to “obstruct” the FBI’s investigation into former President Donald Trump’s potential mishandling of classified materials, the Justice Department said in a blockbuster court filing Tuesday night. https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/30/politics/mar-a-lago-justice-department-response/index.html
    The Justice Department revealed the startling new details as part of its move to oppose Trump’s effort to intervene in the federal investigation that led to the search of his Florida resort and his desire for a “special master” to be appointed to the case.
    Trump has pushed an “incomplete and inaccurate narrative” in his recent court filings about the Mar-a-Lago search, the Justice Department said.
    “The government provides below a detailed recitation of the relevant facts, many of which are provided to correct the incomplete and inaccurate narrative set forth in Plaintiff’s filings,” prosecutors wrote.

    Read the Justice Department’s filing: UNITED STATES’ RESPONSE TO MOTION FOR JUDICIAL OVERSIGHT AND ADDITIONAL RELIEF

    Click to access doj-response-to-trump-special-master.pdf

    Attachment F (the final page of the filing) is a photograph of classified documents arrayed on the floor of Trump’s office

  5. Old Newsie says:

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump [Truth Social] Aug 31, 2022, 15:14
    “There seems to be confusion as to the “picture” where documents were sloppily thrown on the floor and then released photographically for the world to see, as if that’s what the FBI found when they broke into my home. Wrong! They took them out of cartons and spread them around on the carpet, making it look like a big “find” for them. They dropped them, not me – Very deceiving…And remember, we could have NO representative, including lawyers, present during the Raid. They were told to wait outside.” https://truthsocial.com/@realDonaldTrump/posts/108919551852852903

    “…The folders were arrayed by agents at Mar-a-Lago after being removed from what the filing indicated was Mr. Trump’s office — they were not discovered scattered on the floor, according to two federal law enforcement officials.
    The Justice Department would not comment on the specifics of the photograph. But it is standard practice for the F.B.I. to take evidentiary pictures of materials recovered in a search to ensure that items are properly cataloged and accounted for.
    The marking “2A” on a folded piece of paper in the picture corresponds to a listing in the inventory of items seized in the search that was made public along with the search warrant. In that inventory, the item marked as “2A” is described as “various classified TS/SCI documents.”
    Files or documents are not tossed around randomly, even though they might appear that way; they are usually splayed out so they can be separately identified by their markings. The ruler seen in the image is to give a sense of their size in relation to other objects. (NYT) https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/31/us/politics/trump-photo-classified-documents.html

    Dissecting 7 key pieces of the Mar-a-Lago photo (CNN) https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/31/politics/mar-a-lago-trump-photo-annotations-dg/index.html

    “Let’s be careful not to state that documents were found scattered on the carpet. They were not found in that state and it is not relevant.” https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/8/31/2120048/-trump-s-ranting-about-the-picture-of-secret-folders-is-a-simple-admission-of-guilt
    Trump is not being accused of scattering documents on the floor of his private office, he is being accused of illegal possession and misuse of these top-secret documents.
    Trump appears to have just admitted to the illegal possession of these documents, keeping them in cartons in his insecure office and being aware of their security status and importance.

    Reportedly none of the files the FBI discovered had the classification markings changed/stamped differently to suggest they’d been declassified. Nor did Trump’s lawyers ever indicate in their back-and-forth with the DOJ over 18 months that Trump had declassified the documents.

  6. Packrat says:

    ● List of materials voluntarily turned over by Trump to The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in January 2022 after a year of negotiation.
    ● List of materials in a single Redweld envelope turned over to the DOJ by Trump to in June 2022 after the Justice Department obtained a grand jury subpoena in May.
    ● List of Materials seized by FBI while executing a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in August 2022 after the DOJ received court approval to search the premises. https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2022/09/politics/mar-a-lago-documents-numbers/

  7. In due course says:

    A federal judge, who had signaled a willingness to appoint a special master to review documents seized last month from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, on Thursday declined to immediately do so.
    After listening to nearly 90 minutes of often heated exchanges between Trump’s attorneys and federal prosecutors, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon said she would issue a written order “in due course.”
    At the request of Trump’s attorneys and news media organizations, she agreed to release a detailed list of items taken on Aug. 8 when FBI agents searched Trump’s Palm Beach home, which is also a private club. https://www.palmbeachpost.com/story/news/courts/2022/09/01/judge-issue-written-order-in-due-course-mar-lago-papers/7960143001/
    Judge Cannon has been a member of the Federalist Society since 2005 and received her judicial commission in 2020 after having been nominated by President Donald Trump.

    • Coming Due says:

      “FBI agents found four dozen empty document folders marked “CLASSIFIED” during their raid last month of former President Donald Trump’s residence at his Mar-a-Lago club, a newly unsealed court file revealed Friday.
      Agents found 43 of those empty folders marked classified in Trump’s office, according to the Department of Justice’s inventory of the seized items, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
      The remaining five empty folders with that marking were found in containers in a storage room.
      The FBI also found another 42 empty folders marked “Return to Staff Secretary/Miliary [sic] Aide,” during the Aug. 8 raid, which was authorized to search for government documents removed from the White House when Trump left office in Jan. 2021, the filing said.
      Twenty-eight of those empty folders were found in Trump’s office, while another 14 were in a storage room elsewhere, the document shows.
      And FBI agents found more than 10,000 government documents and photographs without classification markings, the filing shows. Among those were hundreds of photos and news articles, along with gifts, clothing, and books.
      The bombshell revelations raise the prospect that the DOJ has not yet recovered the documents that would have been in the empty folders.”
      https://www.cnbc.com/2022/09/02/trump-fbi-raid-documents-about-mar-a-lago-search-unsealed.html

      Case 9:22-cv-81294-AMC Donald J. Trump v United States of America: Exhibit A, Document 39-1 Entered on FLSD Docket 08/30/2022, “Detailed Property Inventory Pursuant To Courts Preliminary Order” [8 pages] https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.flsd.618763/gov.uscourts.flsd.618763.39.1_6.pdf

  8. Phineas T. Bluster says:

    Former President Donald Trump lashed out at former Attorney General Bill Barr after Barr said there was “no legitimate reason” for classified documents to be at Mar-a-Lago. https://www.axios.com/2022/09/03/donald-trump-bill-bar-mar-a-lago
    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump Sep 02, 2022, 15:24
    “Bill Barr had “no guts,” and got “no glory.” He was a weak and pathetic RINO, who was so afraid of being Impeached that he became a captive to the Radical Left Democrats – “Please, please, please don’t impeach me,” he supposedly said. Barr never fought the way he should have for Election Integrity, and so much else. He started off OK as A.G., but faded fast – Didn’t have courage or stamina. People like that will never Make America Great Again!”

  9. Divine Rule says:

    Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) told ABC’s “This Week” Sunday that while he personally would not take classified documents home with him, he insisted that a “different set of rules” applied to former President Donald Trump.

  10. Of course says:

    “U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon has granted former President Donald Trump’s request for a special master to review documents seized by the FBI from Mar-a-Lago last month, temporarily stopping federal prosecutors from using those documents in their investigation into obstruction and mishandling of government secrets.
    The decision was expected. Last weekend, the judge said she was inclined to grant Trump’s request, and a hearing on the matter took place last Thursday. At that hearing, the Justice Department laid out its argument against the special master and signaled it was likely to appeal such a ruling.
    Cannon, a Trump appointee, cited in her order on Monday the need to ensure “the appearance of fairness and integrity under the extraordinary circumstances presented.” https://www.npr.org/2022/09/05/1120885510/doj-trump-special-master-judge

    • HAR says:

      ‘Deeply Problematic’: Experts Question Judge’s Intervention in Trump Inquiry
      A ruling by a judge appointed by former President Donald J. Trump surprised specialists and could slow the documents investigation. (NYT 9/5/22) https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/05/us/trump-special-master-aileen-cannon.html
      “…Judge Cannon took several steps that specialists said were vulnerable to being overturned if the government files an appeal, as most agreed was likely. Any appeal would be heard by the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta, where Mr. Trump appointed six of its 11 active judges.”

      • Alfred E says:

        “A document describing a foreign government’s military defenses, including its nuclear capabilities, was found by FBI agents who searched former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and private club last month, according to people familiar with the matter, underscoring concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about classified material stashed in the Florida property.
        …Documents about such highly classified operations require special clearances on a need-to-know basis, not just top-secret clearance. Some special-access programs can have as few as a couple dozen government personnel authorized to know of an operation’s existence. Records that deal with such programs are kept under lock and key, almost always in a secure compartmented information facility, with a designated control officer to keep careful tabs on their location.”
        https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/09/06/trump-nuclear-documents/

  11. Marked down says:

    “Former President Donald Trump may have declassified a document about another country’s nuclear defense capabilities—if he is correct that material stored at Mar-a-Lago was declassified.” https://www.newsweek.com/trump-may-have-declassified-foreign-government-nuclear-secrets-mar-lago-1740458
    In their recent court filings, the former president’s attorneys have not cited Trump’s claim that the documents were declassified prior to his leaving office on January 20, 2021.
    His team previously told Fox News in a statement that Trump had a “standing order that documents removed from the Oval Office and taken to the residence were deemed to be declassified the moment he removed them.”
    Two of Trump’s former White House chiefs of staff have said there was no such order during their time with the administration.
    Former President Trump previously denied reports that he was in possession of classified documents relating to nuclear weapons that FBI agents reportedly sought when they searched his Florida residence.
    “Nuclear weapons issue is a Hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia was a Hoax, two Impeachments were a Hoax, the Mueller investigation was a Hoax, and much more. Same sleazy people involved,” Trump wrote on Truth Social, tying his latest exchange with law enforcement to longstanding and oft-repeated grievances.

  12. Spy v Spy says:

    “Trump Told White House Team He Needed to Protect ‘Russiagate’ Documents
    The former president, who left the White House with a trove of sensitive material, believes there are documents that would expose a Deep State plot against him — and told confidants he needed to protect them from the next administration” https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/donald-trump-russia-investigation-maralago-1234588357/
    A month before the 2020 election, John Ratcliffe, Trump’s Director of National Intelligence, declassified intelligence detailing how the U.S. had obtained information about “Russian intelligence analysis” on Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The intelligence community, Ratcliffe wrote, couldn’t determine whether the information contained “exaggeration of fabrication.” Both CIA director Gina Haspel and NSA chief Paul Nakasone reportedly opposed the declassification on the grounds that it could reveal how American spies had obtained the information. Indeed, a variety of other officials familiar with the internal debate felt such declassifications could out sensitive sources.

  13. HAR says:

    A onetime White House lawyer under President Donald J. Trump warned him late last year that Mr. Trump could face legal liability if he did not return government materials he had taken with him when he left office, three people familiar with the matter said.
    The lawyer, Eric Herschmann, sought to impress upon Mr. Trump the seriousness of the issue and the potential for investigations and legal exposure if he did not return the documents, particularly any classified material, the people said. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/19/us/politics/trump-herschmann-documents.html

    A folder marked “Classified” on a red banner with the presidential seal and an “Evening Summary” label has been on display for several months behind glass in the 45 Wine and Whiskey Bar in the lobby of Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan.
    Next to the “Classified” folder is a “Situation Room” brochure marked “unclassified FOUO,” meaning “for official use only.” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/classified-folder-situation-room-trump-tower-bar-noah-bookbinder_n_632513d7e4b046aa023f80e5

  14. Curiouser and Curiouser says:

    Special master to Trump’s lawyers: ‘You can’t have your cake and eat it’
    https://www.politico.com/news/2022/09/20/trump-special-master-judge-mar-a-lago-00057805
    The senior federal judge tasked with reviewing the materials seized by the FBI from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate sharply questioned the former president’s attorneys Tuesday during their first hearing in his courtroom.
    Judge Raymond Dearie pushed Trump’s lawyers repeatedly for not backing up the former president’s claim that he declassified the highly sensitive national security-related records discovered in his residence.
    The judge, a veteran of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, expressed puzzlement about what his role would be if the government says certain documents are classified and Trump’s side disagrees but doesn’t offer proof to challenge that.

  15. Oyez says:

    U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Dearie, a New York City-based jurist named by a federal judge in Florida to act as a so-called special master in the review of more than 11,000 documents the FBI confiscated, proposed on Thursday that former Magistrate Judge James Orenstein help with the process since he “has experience with complex case management, privilege review, warrant procedures, and other matters that may arise in the course of the Special Master’s duties.”
    Orenstein spent 16 years as a federal magistrate in the same Brooklyn courthouse where Dearie sits.
    Dearie proposed that the former magistrate, who has a top secret clearance, be paid $500 an hour for work on the Trump documents case. The federal judge who named Dearie as special master, Florida-based Aileen Cannon, has previously ruled that Trump must assume all expenses related to the review.

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