Empty folders ain’t the problem. Trump could’ve made copies instead of removing original documents

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…

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…

The bombshell revelations raise the prospect that the DOJ has not yet recovered the documents that would have been in the empty folders.

That theft would be a crime.

The detailed inventory made public Friday was one of two court filings related to the FBI raid that were ordered unsealed by Judge Aileen Cannon…

The other document unsealed Friday is titled, “Notice of Investigative Team of Status of Review,” and notes that the criminal probe did not end with the raid.

As lawyers involved with all sides of this issue release analysis, statements, over time…the American public will have further opportunity to come to their own conclusions about Trump’s removal of evidence from firsthand use in proceedings yet to come.

Yes, his behavior is creepy and passes in my mind as evidence of trying to hide or destroy evidence of crimes.

I expect that the American body politic will continue to increase the percentage of folks who will vote in reality and in the arena of American politics to condemn these practices by Trump and his flunkies.

Practices likely to be ruled illegal by appropriate agencies.

2 thoughts on “Empty folders ain’t the problem. Trump could’ve made copies instead of removing original documents

  1. Pedant says:

    ● The Rule of Law is supposed to lift law above politics. The idea is that the law should stand above every powerful person and agency in the land. Rule by law, in contrast, connotes the instrumental use of law as a tool of political power.
    Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/rule-of-law/
    ● In European Christianity, the divine right of kings, divine right, or God’s mandation is a political and religious doctrine of political legitimacy of a monarchy. It stems from a specific metaphysical framework in which a monarch is, before birth, pre-ordained to inherit the crown. According to this theory of political legitimacy, the subjects of the crown have actively (and not merely passively) turned over the metaphysical selection of the king’s soul – which will inhabit the body and rule them – to God. In this way, the “divine right” originates as a metaphysical act of humility and/or submission towards God. Divine right has been a key element of the legitimation of many absolute monarchies. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_right_of_kings
    ● Might makes right or Might is right is an aphorism on the origin of morality, with both descriptive and prescriptive senses.
    Descriptively, it asserts that a society’s view of right and wrong is determined by those in power, with a meaning similar to “History is written by the victors”. That is, although all people have their personal ideas of the good, only those strong enough to overcome obstacles and enemies can put their ideas into effect, and spread their own standards to society at large. Montague defined kratocracy or kraterocracy (from the Greek κρατερός krateros, meaning “strong”) as a government based on coercive power, by those strong enough to seize control through physical violence or demagogic manipulation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Might_makes_right
    ● “Well, when the president does it … that means that it is not illegal.” Former President Richard Nixon (1977 interview) https://teachingamericanhistory.org/document/transcript-of-david-frosts-interview-with-richard-nixon/

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