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By the time you read this on Thursday, the hearing on whether the FBI must release the affidavit they used to get a warrant to search Mar-A-Lago may already have taken place in West Palm Beach.  The presiding judge at this hearing:  you guessed it, the same magistrate judge who granted the warrant in the first place, Judge Bruce Reinhart.  President Trump wants everything out in the open; the feds emphatically do not, and that really should tell you all you need to know.  Trump attorney Alina Habba has said she expected this judge to rule for the FBI and keep the affidavit secret.

https://www.judicialwatch.org/federal-court-hearing-ordered-on-trump-warrant/?utm_source=deployer&utm_medium=email

https://dailycaller.com/2022/08/16/bruce-reinhart-trump-search-warrant-affidavit/?utm_medium=email

But while the FBI has been adamant that they need to keep the affidavit secret to safeguard their investigation, they’ve been leaking their own preferred narrative like crazy, and the story keeps evolving.  At first it was about historical documents that belonged at the National Archives, but that just didn’t seem to warrant a massive raid on Trump’s home.  The claim that he had classified material was disputed by the President, who said he had declassified it all.  So they leaked a follow-up fairy tale to the WASHINGTON POST about Trump having “dangerous nuclear secrets,” but that didn’t sell, either, especially after we found out they’d been debating for months on conducting the raid.  So they moved on from that fake story and leaked a new, updated one to NEWSWEEK.

https://www.newsweek.com/fbi-sought-documents-trump-hoarded-years-including-about-russiagate-1734280?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

Journalism is so easy now!  It’s essentially just taking dictation from “high-level intelligence officials” and printing what they want you to print.  It doesn’t matter if what you write turns out to be wrong.  And if it’s damaging enough to Trump, congratulations; you get a Pulitzer.

Anyway, now we hear from writer/stenographer William M. Arkin at NEWSWEEK that Trump has long been “hoarding” documents dealing with “a variety of intelligence matters of interest to the former President...including material that Trump apparently thought would exonerate him of any claims of Russian collusion in 2016 or any other election-related charges.”

So, let me get this straight.  Trump, after being FRAMED for “collusion” with Vladimir Putin (which would be treason) and having Democrats, media and the intel community coming at him from every side, decided he’d better hold on to exculpatory material?  How dare he defend himself from fake “Russiagate” charges!

This new story is the feds’ attempt to cover for why the warrant –- which was so overbroad as to violate the 4th Amendment –- gave them access to “all” the documents from Trump’s entire presidency.  You see, they weren’t actually SEEKING all the documents!  No, no, they were only SAYING they were, to protect their source!  Quoting NEWSWEEK:  “To justify the unprecedented raid on a former president’s residence and protect the source who revealed the existence of Trump’s private hoard,” the story reads, “agents went into Trump’s residence on the pretext that they were seeking all government documents, says one official who has been involved in the investigation.  But the true target was this private stash, which ‘Justice’ Department officials feared Donald Trump might weaponize.”

Tell me, if their reason for getting an unconstitutionally-broad warrant was to protect their source, why did they turn around and leak the story about the “stash”?  By leaking their knowledge of this “stash,” they remove the cover the warrant had supposedly provided to the source.

Also, if they’re arguing before Judge Reinhart that it’s important not to leak names mentioned in the affidavit, why did sources from the investigation give three of those very names to Maggie Haberman at THE NEW YORK TIMES, who printed them?

https://www.theblaze.com/news/new-york-times-publishes-leaked-names?utm_source=theblaze-breaking&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign

By the way, Haberman was part of the team that won a Pulitzer for their coverage of the fake Trump-Russia “collusion” story.  They should do the Walk of Shame to wherever they have to go to return it.

As I’ve said many times, I am not a lawyer, nor is anyone on my team, but we don’t see why Trump, as President, couldn’t declassify and even retain documents that would back up his defense against “Russiagate” allegations, or any other allegations.  The only reason we can see for why they raided his house is to sweep up everything in sight --- an unreasonable search and seizure if we ever saw one --- and get it out of his reach, to prevent him from using it in his own defense and/or revealing things he knows about the ‘Justice’ Department.

In breaking news Wednesday evening, John Solomon found a case from 2012 that supports our view.  The issue was whether some audio tapes made by President Clinton could have been designated by him as “personal.”  A decision by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that “a President’s discretion on what are personal vs. official records is far-reaching and solely his, as is his ability to declassify or destroy records at will.”

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/all-things-trump/old-case-over-audio-tapes-bill-clintons-sock-drawer-could-impact

Read Solomon’s report and you’ll wonder anew how the ‘Justice’ Department could even think about doing what they have done.

Anyway, NEWSWEEK’s sources still incorporated the earlier “nuclear materials” narrative, but it now takes a back seat to the clever new “personal stash” narrative.   This excerpt shows how it has evolved:  “The two U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the situation tell NEWSWEEK that while some of the intelligence documents might have dealt with nuclear weapons, that was not the main focus.  Donald Trump kept documents that interested him...It wasn’t the subject matter per se that was of interest to ‘Justice’ as it was the fear that Trump might ‘weaponize’ the information, including for personal gain, the official says.”  See what they did?  Trump did have nuclear materials, but they’re “not the main focus.”

NEWSWEEK (to their credit) also quotes a former Trump official who says, “Trump was particularly interested in matters pertaining to the Russia hoax and the wrongdoings of the deep state...I think he felt, and I agree, that these are facts that the American people need to know.”  He also might have wanted to use them in his 2024 presidential run, the source said.

So….President Trump declassified and held on to documents relating to the Russia hoax and the deep-state, after he’d been falsely accused of Russia “collusion” and endlessly investigated by a corrupt intel community.  The nerve of him!

The sources told NEWSWEEK that the decision to raid Trump’s home was prompted by concerns that he might move the documents OR –- and I think this is more likely –- that he might “use” them, “revealing secrets or...intelligence sources and methods.”  Sorry, but if he declassified them while he was President, it’s within his authority to do that.  Bureaucrats shouldn’t be able to stop him.  And if Trump wants to use sunshine as a disinfectant, I say let the sun shine in.

As for Trump’s possession of “classified” documents, even a CNN legal analyst was clear that he had the authority to declassify them, period.  And it doesn’t even matter if paperwork wasn’t filled out.

https://dailycaller.com/2022/08/16/honig-cnn-fbi-raid-classifed-trump/?utm_medium=email

Aaron Kliegman at JUST THE NEWS has an eye-opening report on what sure looks like a long and growing “enemies list” --- Trump allies who have been “probed, raided, handcuffed, charged and jailed by the ‘Justice’ Department.”  Read this, and you won’t wonder why Trump might have wanted possession of material that protects him.

https://justthenews.com/government/federal-agencies/blacklisted-conservatives-targeted-doj

Finally, civil rights attorney Harmeet Dhillon said Wednesday in an interview with Tucker Carlson that if we could see the underlying affidavit for this raid, “we would find something very disturbing.”  She bases this feeling on the Russia Hoax and “all the other hoaxes out of this DOJ and FBI.”  There’s a pretext for this fishing expedition, she said, and “once you have a lawful search warrant, and you gather materials...you can use those materials, even if they have nothing to do with the underlying crime.”  She says even material covered by attorney-client privilege or executive privilege might be used in the January 6 investigation.  “...If the goal is to sort of keep your opponents out of competing fairly for the White House, they could be used for that purpose.”

She sees this happening to Trump with many in the “chattering class” cheering it on, and worries about what will happen if there’s a change in power in our government, “if ever.”  She sees that in her three decades of life as an attorney, this is “the most dangerous and divisive time” she has seen, “politically and legally.”  She also made the same observation we have:  that our enemies around the world are watching this chaos and will be happy to, say, invade Taiwan while we continue investigating and jailing each other.

 

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  • Kathryn M. Davis

    08/18/2022 06:56 PM

    I believe that the release of the entire contents of the affidavit used should be of paramount importance to the American public. Not redacted, not restricted, not censored in anyway. ALL of it needs to be released.

  • Dick Algire

    08/18/2022 05:32 PM

    All these media outlets, Time Magazine, The New York Times, the Washington Post and the major news networks are tied to the Council on Foreign Relations. David Rockefeller spilled the beans when he spoke at a 1991 Bilderberger meeting thanking these media darlings for attending their meetings and keeping silent about what went on at these meetings. Rockefeller noted: "We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost 40 years......It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years." We shouldn't be surprised at how our major media outlets choose how and what to promote as the 'real news.'

  • Linda Orf Strebbing

    08/18/2022 05:29 PM

    My fear is that they are “doing their investigation” and will time a trial perfectly with the time frame of campaign season prior to 2024. I do not trust them one bit. They’ve proven themselves to be dishonest and devious.

  • Kevin kennedy

    08/18/2022 05:25 PM

    I’ve never hated the Biden administration and the government more that I hate them right now.

  • Jim Lamoreaux

    08/18/2022 04:32 PM

    After reading about this government debacle, I give more credit to The Blacklist TV series. Can you say Kabball?

  • Norma Holmes

    08/18/2022 04:32 PM

    Convinved Dems Want Trump to run so they can split vote in GOp; our only solution had to be a clean candidate who carries out Trumps policies & cleans the sewer. Pompaeo, Desantis best bet; unify & nhet out the vote

  • Bill Hudson

    08/18/2022 03:56 PM

    So how much money is flowing from the CCP to continue this smoke screen while they prepare to take over Taiwan and the rest of the world. Unfortunately a lot of the money they use is coming straight out of American pockets. We have sold our souls for cheap items from China produced in sweat shops and by slave labor. Also with so many of the prescription drugs coming from China you have to wonder about the purity and quality control.

  • Patrick Barrett

    08/18/2022 03:06 PM

    on your Take "the Gen. Hayden Challenge", I've always wondered if the soldiers who killed innocents in the Mey Lei Viet Nam incident, were "following orders", so innocent. they said the officers should be charged. Same here, the one giving the order. but those soldiers who just accepted the order to keep their job, should be punished as being gullible. Those who didn't say no. they said YES, I can frame an innocent, find false evidence to stop him from ever attacking the Socialist Dictatorship. They aren't morally or spiritually fit for their job. only Hamburger flippers! fire them and jail the upper echelon. you just can't slap em like Moe did to Curly and Joe.

  • Jim Spauldinf

    08/18/2022 01:42 PM

    I took my concealed carry class 5 years ago. I never acted on it to actually get my ccw untill last week when the fbi raided Trump's home. When that happened, I thought how unfathomable it was to common legal sense. I thought if they can do that to a former president, they can do it to anyone. So, now, I'm expecting my ccw from Tallahassee just any day now.

  • jack macdonald

    08/18/2022 01:39 PM

    I keep pondering what the hell is going on in this country and what has happened to rational thought. First question. How did Biden get this far in life and achieve the office he holds without even knowing the definition of illegal. He doesn't think his giving oil to our enemy is illegal if not treason. He thinks aiding and abetting our enemies is fine and OK. He thinks the criminal enterprise he and his family operate is OK. He thinks opening the borders for potentially diseased trespassers, known terrorists and criminals is OK even though he swore an oath to not allow this. Second question: Why is there no discussion of impeachment in the media? Certainly, if the Trump administration and family were involved in this blatant criminality, it would be in their propaganda rags. You claim that you read all these submissions, yet I have never received a response to any of the concerns I have posed. I am asking these questions in sincere hope that they be considered.

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    By the time you read this on Thursday, the hearing on whether the FBI must release the affidavit they used to get a warrant to search Mar-A-Lago may already have taken place in West Palm Beach.  The presiding judge at this hearing:  you guessed it, the same magistrate judge who granted the warrant in the first place, Judge Bruce Reinhart.  President Trump wants everything out in the open; the feds emphatically do not, and that really should tell you all you need to know.  Trump attorney Alina Habba has said she expected this judge to rule for the FBI and keep the affidavit secret.

    https://www.judicialwatch.org/federal-court-hearing-ordered-on-trump-warrant/?utm_source=deployer&utm_medium=email

    https://dailycaller.com/2022/08/16/bruce-reinhart-trump-search-warrant-affidavit/?utm_medium=email

    But while the FBI has been adamant that they need to keep the affidavit secret to safeguard their investigation, they’ve been leaking their own preferred narrative like crazy, and the story keeps evolving.  At first it was about historical documents that belonged at the National Archives, but that just didn’t seem to warrant a massive raid on Trump’s home.  The claim that he had classified material was disputed by the President, who said he had declassified it all.  So they leaked a follow-up fairy tale to the WASHINGTON POST about Trump having “dangerous nuclear secrets,” but that didn’t sell, either, especially after we found out they’d been debating for months on conducting the raid.  So they moved on from that fake story and leaked a new, updated one to NEWSWEEK.

    https://www.newsweek.com/fbi-sought-documents-trump-hoarded-years-including-about-russiagate-1734280?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

    Journalism is so easy now!  It’s essentially just taking dictation from “high-level intelligence officials” and printing what they want you to print.  It doesn’t matter if what you write turns out to be wrong.  And if it’s damaging enough to Trump, congratulations; you get a Pulitzer.

    Anyway, now we hear from writer/stenographer William M. Arkin at NEWSWEEK that Trump has long been “hoarding” documents dealing with “a variety of intelligence matters of interest to the former President...including material that Trump apparently thought would exonerate him of any claims of Russian collusion in 2016 or any other election-related charges.”

    So, let me get this straight.  Trump, after being FRAMED for “collusion” with Vladimir Putin (which would be treason) and having Democrats, media and the intel community coming at him from every side, decided he’d better hold on to exculpatory material?  How dare he defend himself from fake “Russiagate” charges!

    This new story is the feds’ attempt to cover for why the warrant –- which was so overbroad as to violate the 4th Amendment –- gave them access to “all” the documents from Trump’s entire presidency.  You see, they weren’t actually SEEKING all the documents!  No, no, they were only SAYING they were, to protect their source!  Quoting NEWSWEEK:  “To justify the unprecedented raid on a former president’s residence and protect the source who revealed the existence of Trump’s private hoard,” the story reads, “agents went into Trump’s residence on the pretext that they were seeking all government documents, says one official who has been involved in the investigation.  But the true target was this private stash, which ‘Justice’ Department officials feared Donald Trump might weaponize.”

    Tell me, if their reason for getting an unconstitutionally-broad warrant was to protect their source, why did they turn around and leak the story about the “stash”?  By leaking their knowledge of this “stash,” they remove the cover the warrant had supposedly provided to the source.

    Also, if they’re arguing before Judge Reinhart that it’s important not to leak names mentioned in the affidavit, why did sources from the investigation give three of those very names to Maggie Haberman at THE NEW YORK TIMES, who printed them?

    https://www.theblaze.com/news/new-york-times-publishes-leaked-names?utm_source=theblaze-breaking&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign

    By the way, Haberman was part of the team that won a Pulitzer for their coverage of the fake Trump-Russia “collusion” story.  They should do the Walk of Shame to wherever they have to go to return it.

    As I’ve said many times, I am not a lawyer, nor is anyone on my team, but we don’t see why Trump, as President, couldn’t declassify and even retain documents that would back up his defense against “Russiagate” allegations, or any other allegations.  The only reason we can see for why they raided his house is to sweep up everything in sight --- an unreasonable search and seizure if we ever saw one --- and get it out of his reach, to prevent him from using it in his own defense and/or revealing things he knows about the ‘Justice’ Department.

    In breaking news Wednesday evening, John Solomon found a case from 2012 that supports our view.  The issue was whether some audio tapes made by President Clinton could have been designated by him as “personal.”  A decision by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that “a President’s discretion on what are personal vs. official records is far-reaching and solely his, as is his ability to declassify or destroy records at will.”

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/all-things-trump/old-case-over-audio-tapes-bill-clintons-sock-drawer-could-impact

    Read Solomon’s report and you’ll wonder anew how the ‘Justice’ Department could even think about doing what they have done.

    Anyway, NEWSWEEK’s sources still incorporated the earlier “nuclear materials” narrative, but it now takes a back seat to the clever new “personal stash” narrative.   This excerpt shows how it has evolved:  “The two U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the situation tell NEWSWEEK that while some of the intelligence documents might have dealt with nuclear weapons, that was not the main focus.  Donald Trump kept documents that interested him...It wasn’t the subject matter per se that was of interest to ‘Justice’ as it was the fear that Trump might ‘weaponize’ the information, including for personal gain, the official says.”  See what they did?  Trump did have nuclear materials, but they’re “not the main focus.”

    NEWSWEEK (to their credit) also quotes a former Trump official who says, “Trump was particularly interested in matters pertaining to the Russia hoax and the wrongdoings of the deep state...I think he felt, and I agree, that these are facts that the American people need to know.”  He also might have wanted to use them in his 2024 presidential run, the source said.

    So….President Trump declassified and held on to documents relating to the Russia hoax and the deep-state, after he’d been falsely accused of Russia “collusion” and endlessly investigated by a corrupt intel community.  The nerve of him!

    The sources told NEWSWEEK that the decision to raid Trump’s home was prompted by concerns that he might move the documents OR –- and I think this is more likely –- that he might “use” them, “revealing secrets or...intelligence sources and methods.”  Sorry, but if he declassified them while he was President, it’s within his authority to do that.  Bureaucrats shouldn’t be able to stop him.  And if Trump wants to use sunshine as a disinfectant, I say let the sun shine in.

    As for Trump’s possession of “classified” documents, even a CNN legal analyst was clear that he had the authority to declassify them, period.  And it doesn’t even matter if paperwork wasn’t filled out.

    https://dailycaller.com/2022/08/16/honig-cnn-fbi-raid-classifed-trump/?utm_medium=email

    Aaron Kliegman at JUST THE NEWS has an eye-opening report on what sure looks like a long and growing “enemies list” --- Trump allies who have been “probed, raided, handcuffed, charged and jailed by the ‘Justice’ Department.”  Read this, and you won’t wonder why Trump might have wanted possession of material that protects him.

    https://justthenews.com/government/federal-agencies/blacklisted-conservatives-targeted-doj

    Finally, civil rights attorney Harmeet Dhillon said Wednesday in an interview with Tucker Carlson that if we could see the underlying affidavit for this raid, “we would find something very disturbing.”  She bases this feeling on the Russia Hoax and “all the other hoaxes out of this DOJ and FBI.”  There’s a pretext for this fishing expedition, she said, and “once you have a lawful search warrant, and you gather materials...you can use those materials, even if they have nothing to do with the underlying crime.”  She says even material covered by attorney-client privilege or executive privilege might be used in the January 6 investigation.  “...If the goal is to sort of keep your opponents out of competing fairly for the White House, they could be used for that purpose.”

    She sees this happening to Trump with many in the “chattering class” cheering it on, and worries about what will happen if there’s a change in power in our government, “if ever.”  She sees that in her three decades of life as an attorney, this is “the most dangerous and divisive time” she has seen, “politically and legally.”  She also made the same observation we have:  that our enemies around the world are watching this chaos and will be happy to, say, invade Taiwan while we continue investigating and jailing each other.

     

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    • Kathryn M. Davis

      08/18/2022 06:56 PM

      I believe that the release of the entire contents of the affidavit used should be of paramount importance to the American public. Not redacted, not restricted, not censored in anyway. ALL of it needs to be released.

    • Dick Algire

      08/18/2022 05:32 PM

      All these media outlets, Time Magazine, The New York Times, the Washington Post and the major news networks are tied to the Council on Foreign Relations. David Rockefeller spilled the beans when he spoke at a 1991 Bilderberger meeting thanking these media darlings for attending their meetings and keeping silent about what went on at these meetings. Rockefeller noted: "We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost 40 years......It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years." We shouldn't be surprised at how our major media outlets choose how and what to promote as the 'real news.'

    • Linda Orf Strebbing

      08/18/2022 05:29 PM

      My fear is that they are “doing their investigation” and will time a trial perfectly with the time frame of campaign season prior to 2024. I do not trust them one bit. They’ve proven themselves to be dishonest and devious.

    • Kevin kennedy

      08/18/2022 05:25 PM

      I’ve never hated the Biden administration and the government more that I hate them right now.

    • Jim Lamoreaux

      08/18/2022 04:32 PM

      After reading about this government debacle, I give more credit to The Blacklist TV series. Can you say Kabball?

    • Norma Holmes

      08/18/2022 04:32 PM

      Convinved Dems Want Trump to run so they can split vote in GOp; our only solution had to be a clean candidate who carries out Trumps policies & cleans the sewer. Pompaeo, Desantis best bet; unify & nhet out the vote

    • Bill Hudson

      08/18/2022 03:56 PM

      So how much money is flowing from the CCP to continue this smoke screen while they prepare to take over Taiwan and the rest of the world. Unfortunately a lot of the money they use is coming straight out of American pockets. We have sold our souls for cheap items from China produced in sweat shops and by slave labor. Also with so many of the prescription drugs coming from China you have to wonder about the purity and quality control.

    • Patrick Barrett

      08/18/2022 03:06 PM

      on your Take "the Gen. Hayden Challenge", I've always wondered if the soldiers who killed innocents in the Mey Lei Viet Nam incident, were "following orders", so innocent. they said the officers should be charged. Same here, the one giving the order. but those soldiers who just accepted the order to keep their job, should be punished as being gullible. Those who didn't say no. they said YES, I can frame an innocent, find false evidence to stop him from ever attacking the Socialist Dictatorship. They aren't morally or spiritually fit for their job. only Hamburger flippers! fire them and jail the upper echelon. you just can't slap em like Moe did to Curly and Joe.

    • Jim Spauldinf

      08/18/2022 01:42 PM

      I took my concealed carry class 5 years ago. I never acted on it to actually get my ccw untill last week when the fbi raided Trump's home. When that happened, I thought how unfathomable it was to common legal sense. I thought if they can do that to a former president, they can do it to anyone. So, now, I'm expecting my ccw from Tallahassee just any day now.

    • jack macdonald

      08/18/2022 01:39 PM

      I keep pondering what the hell is going on in this country and what has happened to rational thought. First question. How did Biden get this far in life and achieve the office he holds without even knowing the definition of illegal. He doesn't think his giving oil to our enemy is illegal if not treason. He thinks aiding and abetting our enemies is fine and OK. He thinks the criminal enterprise he and his family operate is OK. He thinks opening the borders for potentially diseased trespassers, known terrorists and criminals is OK even though he swore an oath to not allow this. Second question: Why is there no discussion of impeachment in the media? Certainly, if the Trump administration and family were involved in this blatant criminality, it would be in their propaganda rags. You claim that you read all these submissions, yet I have never received a response to any of the concerns I have posed. I am asking these questions in sincere hope that they be considered.

    Trump Indictment News

    August 18, 2022
    |

    By the time you read this on Thursday, the hearing on whether the FBI must release the affidavit they used to get a warrant to search Mar-A-Lago may already have taken place in West Palm Beach.  The presiding judge at this hearing:  you guessed it, the same magistrate judge who granted the warrant in the first place, Judge Bruce Reinhart.  President Trump wants everything out in the open; the feds emphatically do not, and that really should tell you all you need to know.  Trump attorney Alina Habba has said she expected this judge to rule for the FBI and keep the affidavit secret.

    https://www.judicialwatch.org/federal-court-hearing-ordered-on-trump-warrant/?utm_source=deployer&utm_medium=email

    https://dailycaller.com/2022/08/16/bruce-reinhart-trump-search-warrant-affidavit/?utm_medium=email

    But while the FBI has been adamant that they need to keep the affidavit secret to safeguard their investigation, they’ve been leaking their own preferred narrative like crazy, and the story keeps evolving.  At first it was about historical documents that belonged at the National Archives, but that just didn’t seem to warrant a massive raid on Trump’s home.  The claim that he had classified material was disputed by the President, who said he had declassified it all.  So they leaked a follow-up fairy tale to the WASHINGTON POST about Trump having “dangerous nuclear secrets,” but that didn’t sell, either, especially after we found out they’d been debating for months on conducting the raid.  So they moved on from that fake story and leaked a new, updated one to NEWSWEEK.

    https://www.newsweek.com/fbi-sought-documents-trump-hoarded-years-including-about-russiagate-1734280?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

    Journalism is so easy now!  It’s essentially just taking dictation from “high-level intelligence officials” and printing what they want you to print.  It doesn’t matter if what you write turns out to be wrong.  And if it’s damaging enough to Trump, congratulations; you get a Pulitzer.

    Anyway, now we hear from writer/stenographer William M. Arkin at NEWSWEEK that Trump has long been “hoarding” documents dealing with “a variety of intelligence matters of interest to the former President...including material that Trump apparently thought would exonerate him of any claims of Russian collusion in 2016 or any other election-related charges.”

    So, let me get this straight.  Trump, after being FRAMED for “collusion” with Vladimir Putin (which would be treason) and having Democrats, media and the intel community coming at him from every side, decided he’d better hold on to exculpatory material?  How dare he defend himself from fake “Russiagate” charges!

    This new story is the feds’ attempt to cover for why the warrant –- which was so overbroad as to violate the 4th Amendment –- gave them access to “all” the documents from Trump’s entire presidency.  You see, they weren’t actually SEEKING all the documents!  No, no, they were only SAYING they were, to protect their source!  Quoting NEWSWEEK:  “To justify the unprecedented raid on a former president’s residence and protect the source who revealed the existence of Trump’s private hoard,” the story reads, “agents went into Trump’s residence on the pretext that they were seeking all government documents, says one official who has been involved in the investigation.  But the true target was this private stash, which ‘Justice’ Department officials feared Donald Trump might weaponize.”

    Tell me, if their reason for getting an unconstitutionally-broad warrant was to protect their source, why did they turn around and leak the story about the “stash”?  By leaking their knowledge of this “stash,” they remove the cover the warrant had supposedly provided to the source.

    Also, if they’re arguing before Judge Reinhart that it’s important not to leak names mentioned in the affidavit, why did sources from the investigation give three of those very names to Maggie Haberman at THE NEW YORK TIMES, who printed them?

    https://www.theblaze.com/news/new-york-times-publishes-leaked-names?utm_source=theblaze-breaking&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign

    By the way, Haberman was part of the team that won a Pulitzer for their coverage of the fake Trump-Russia “collusion” story.  They should do the Walk of Shame to wherever they have to go to return it.

    As I’ve said many times, I am not a lawyer, nor is anyone on my team, but we don’t see why Trump, as President, couldn’t declassify and even retain documents that would back up his defense against “Russiagate” allegations, or any other allegations.  The only reason we can see for why they raided his house is to sweep up everything in sight --- an unreasonable search and seizure if we ever saw one --- and get it out of his reach, to prevent him from using it in his own defense and/or revealing things he knows about the ‘Justice’ Department.

    In breaking news Wednesday evening, John Solomon found a case from 2012 that supports our view.  The issue was whether some audio tapes made by President Clinton could have been designated by him as “personal.”  A decision by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that “a President’s discretion on what are personal vs. official records is far-reaching and solely his, as is his ability to declassify or destroy records at will.”

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/all-things-trump/old-case-over-audio-tapes-bill-clintons-sock-drawer-could-impact

    Read Solomon’s report and you’ll wonder anew how the ‘Justice’ Department could even think about doing what they have done.

    Anyway, NEWSWEEK’s sources still incorporated the earlier “nuclear materials” narrative, but it now takes a back seat to the clever new “personal stash” narrative.   This excerpt shows how it has evolved:  “The two U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the situation tell NEWSWEEK that while some of the intelligence documents might have dealt with nuclear weapons, that was not the main focus.  Donald Trump kept documents that interested him...It wasn’t the subject matter per se that was of interest to ‘Justice’ as it was the fear that Trump might ‘weaponize’ the information, including for personal gain, the official says.”  See what they did?  Trump did have nuclear materials, but they’re “not the main focus.”

    NEWSWEEK (to their credit) also quotes a former Trump official who says, “Trump was particularly interested in matters pertaining to the Russia hoax and the wrongdoings of the deep state...I think he felt, and I agree, that these are facts that the American people need to know.”  He also might have wanted to use them in his 2024 presidential run, the source said.

    So….President Trump declassified and held on to documents relating to the Russia hoax and the deep-state, after he’d been falsely accused of Russia “collusion” and endlessly investigated by a corrupt intel community.  The nerve of him!

    The sources told NEWSWEEK that the decision to raid Trump’s home was prompted by concerns that he might move the documents OR –- and I think this is more likely –- that he might “use” them, “revealing secrets or...intelligence sources and methods.”  Sorry, but if he declassified them while he was President, it’s within his authority to do that.  Bureaucrats shouldn’t be able to stop him.  And if Trump wants to use sunshine as a disinfectant, I say let the sun shine in.

    As for Trump’s possession of “classified” documents, even a CNN legal analyst was clear that he had the authority to declassify them, period.  And it doesn’t even matter if paperwork wasn’t filled out.

    https://dailycaller.com/2022/08/16/honig-cnn-fbi-raid-classifed-trump/?utm_medium=email

    Aaron Kliegman at JUST THE NEWS has an eye-opening report on what sure looks like a long and growing “enemies list” --- Trump allies who have been “probed, raided, handcuffed, charged and jailed by the ‘Justice’ Department.”  Read this, and you won’t wonder why Trump might have wanted possession of material that protects him.

    https://justthenews.com/government/federal-agencies/blacklisted-conservatives-targeted-doj

    Finally, civil rights attorney Harmeet Dhillon said Wednesday in an interview with Tucker Carlson that if we could see the underlying affidavit for this raid, “we would find something very disturbing.”  She bases this feeling on the Russia Hoax and “all the other hoaxes out of this DOJ and FBI.”  There’s a pretext for this fishing expedition, she said, and “once you have a lawful search warrant, and you gather materials...you can use those materials, even if they have nothing to do with the underlying crime.”  She says even material covered by attorney-client privilege or executive privilege might be used in the January 6 investigation.  “...If the goal is to sort of keep your opponents out of competing fairly for the White House, they could be used for that purpose.”

    She sees this happening to Trump with many in the “chattering class” cheering it on, and worries about what will happen if there’s a change in power in our government, “if ever.”  She sees that in her three decades of life as an attorney, this is “the most dangerous and divisive time” she has seen, “politically and legally.”  She also made the same observation we have:  that our enemies around the world are watching this chaos and will be happy to, say, invade Taiwan while we continue investigating and jailing each other.

     

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    • Kathryn M. Davis

      08/18/2022 06:56 PM

      I believe that the release of the entire contents of the affidavit used should be of paramount importance to the American public. Not redacted, not restricted, not censored in anyway. ALL of it needs to be released.

    • Dick Algire

      08/18/2022 05:32 PM

      All these media outlets, Time Magazine, The New York Times, the Washington Post and the major news networks are tied to the Council on Foreign Relations. David Rockefeller spilled the beans when he spoke at a 1991 Bilderberger meeting thanking these media darlings for attending their meetings and keeping silent about what went on at these meetings. Rockefeller noted: "We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost 40 years......It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years." We shouldn't be surprised at how our major media outlets choose how and what to promote as the 'real news.'

    • Linda Orf Strebbing

      08/18/2022 05:29 PM

      My fear is that they are “doing their investigation” and will time a trial perfectly with the time frame of campaign season prior to 2024. I do not trust them one bit. They’ve proven themselves to be dishonest and devious.

    • Kevin kennedy

      08/18/2022 05:25 PM

      I’ve never hated the Biden administration and the government more that I hate them right now.

    • Jim Lamoreaux

      08/18/2022 04:32 PM

      After reading about this government debacle, I give more credit to The Blacklist TV series. Can you say Kabball?

    • Norma Holmes

      08/18/2022 04:32 PM

      Convinved Dems Want Trump to run so they can split vote in GOp; our only solution had to be a clean candidate who carries out Trumps policies & cleans the sewer. Pompaeo, Desantis best bet; unify & nhet out the vote

    • Bill Hudson

      08/18/2022 03:56 PM

      So how much money is flowing from the CCP to continue this smoke screen while they prepare to take over Taiwan and the rest of the world. Unfortunately a lot of the money they use is coming straight out of American pockets. We have sold our souls for cheap items from China produced in sweat shops and by slave labor. Also with so many of the prescription drugs coming from China you have to wonder about the purity and quality control.

    • Patrick Barrett

      08/18/2022 03:06 PM

      on your Take "the Gen. Hayden Challenge", I've always wondered if the soldiers who killed innocents in the Mey Lei Viet Nam incident, were "following orders", so innocent. they said the officers should be charged. Same here, the one giving the order. but those soldiers who just accepted the order to keep their job, should be punished as being gullible. Those who didn't say no. they said YES, I can frame an innocent, find false evidence to stop him from ever attacking the Socialist Dictatorship. They aren't morally or spiritually fit for their job. only Hamburger flippers! fire them and jail the upper echelon. you just can't slap em like Moe did to Curly and Joe.

    • Jim Spauldinf

      08/18/2022 01:42 PM

      I took my concealed carry class 5 years ago. I never acted on it to actually get my ccw untill last week when the fbi raided Trump's home. When that happened, I thought how unfathomable it was to common legal sense. I thought if they can do that to a former president, they can do it to anyone. So, now, I'm expecting my ccw from Tallahassee just any day now.

    • jack macdonald

      08/18/2022 01:39 PM

      I keep pondering what the hell is going on in this country and what has happened to rational thought. First question. How did Biden get this far in life and achieve the office he holds without even knowing the definition of illegal. He doesn't think his giving oil to our enemy is illegal if not treason. He thinks aiding and abetting our enemies is fine and OK. He thinks the criminal enterprise he and his family operate is OK. He thinks opening the borders for potentially diseased trespassers, known terrorists and criminals is OK even though he swore an oath to not allow this. Second question: Why is there no discussion of impeachment in the media? Certainly, if the Trump administration and family were involved in this blatant criminality, it would be in their propaganda rags. You claim that you read all these submissions, yet I have never received a response to any of the concerns I have posed. I am asking these questions in sincere hope that they be considered.

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    By the time you read this on Thursday, the hearing on whether the FBI must release the affidavit they used to get a warrant to search Mar-A-Lago may already have taken place in West Palm Beach.  The presiding judge at this hearing:  you guessed it, the same magistrate judge who granted the warrant in the first place, Judge Bruce Reinhart.  President Trump wants everything out in the open; the feds emphatically do not, and that really should tell you all you need to know.  Trump attorney Alina Habba has said she expected this judge to rule for the FBI and keep the affidavit secret.

    https://www.judicialwatch.org/federal-court-hearing-ordered-on-trump-warrant/?utm_source=deployer&utm_medium=email

    https://dailycaller.com/2022/08/16/bruce-reinhart-trump-search-warrant-affidavit/?utm_medium=email

    But while the FBI has been adamant that they need to keep the affidavit secret to safeguard their investigation, they’ve been leaking their own preferred narrative like crazy, and the story keeps evolving.  At first it was about historical documents that belonged at the National Archives, but that just didn’t seem to warrant a massive raid on Trump’s home.  The claim that he had classified material was disputed by the President, who said he had declassified it all.  So they leaked a follow-up fairy tale to the WASHINGTON POST about Trump having “dangerous nuclear secrets,” but that didn’t sell, either, especially after we found out they’d been debating for months on conducting the raid.  So they moved on from that fake story and leaked a new, updated one to NEWSWEEK.

    https://www.newsweek.com/fbi-sought-documents-trump-hoarded-years-including-about-russiagate-1734280?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

    Journalism is so easy now!  It’s essentially just taking dictation from “high-level intelligence officials” and printing what they want you to print.  It doesn’t matter if what you write turns out to be wrong.  And if it’s damaging enough to Trump, congratulations; you get a Pulitzer.

    Anyway, now we hear from writer/stenographer William M. Arkin at NEWSWEEK that Trump has long been “hoarding” documents dealing with “a variety of intelligence matters of interest to the former President...including material that Trump apparently thought would exonerate him of any claims of Russian collusion in 2016 or any other election-related charges.”

    So, let me get this straight.  Trump, after being FRAMED for “collusion” with Vladimir Putin (which would be treason) and having Democrats, media and the intel community coming at him from every side, decided he’d better hold on to exculpatory material?  How dare he defend himself from fake “Russiagate” charges!

    This new story is the feds’ attempt to cover for why the warrant –- which was so overbroad as to violate the 4th Amendment –- gave them access to “all” the documents from Trump’s entire presidency.  You see, they weren’t actually SEEKING all the documents!  No, no, they were only SAYING they were, to protect their source!  Quoting NEWSWEEK:  “To justify the unprecedented raid on a former president’s residence and protect the source who revealed the existence of Trump’s private hoard,” the story reads, “agents went into Trump’s residence on the pretext that they were seeking all government documents, says one official who has been involved in the investigation.  But the true target was this private stash, which ‘Justice’ Department officials feared Donald Trump might weaponize.”

    Tell me, if their reason for getting an unconstitutionally-broad warrant was to protect their source, why did they turn around and leak the story about the “stash”?  By leaking their knowledge of this “stash,” they remove the cover the warrant had supposedly provided to the source.

    Also, if they’re arguing before Judge Reinhart that it’s important not to leak names mentioned in the affidavit, why did sources from the investigation give three of those very names to Maggie Haberman at THE NEW YORK TIMES, who printed them?

    https://www.theblaze.com/news/new-york-times-publishes-leaked-names?utm_source=theblaze-breaking&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign

    By the way, Haberman was part of the team that won a Pulitzer for their coverage of the fake Trump-Russia “collusion” story.  They should do the Walk of Shame to wherever they have to go to return it.

    As I’ve said many times, I am not a lawyer, nor is anyone on my team, but we don’t see why Trump, as President, couldn’t declassify and even retain documents that would back up his defense against “Russiagate” allegations, or any other allegations.  The only reason we can see for why they raided his house is to sweep up everything in sight --- an unreasonable search and seizure if we ever saw one --- and get it out of his reach, to prevent him from using it in his own defense and/or revealing things he knows about the ‘Justice’ Department.

    In breaking news Wednesday evening, John Solomon found a case from 2012 that supports our view.  The issue was whether some audio tapes made by President Clinton could have been designated by him as “personal.”  A decision by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that “a President’s discretion on what are personal vs. official records is far-reaching and solely his, as is his ability to declassify or destroy records at will.”

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/all-things-trump/old-case-over-audio-tapes-bill-clintons-sock-drawer-could-impact

    Read Solomon’s report and you’ll wonder anew how the ‘Justice’ Department could even think about doing what they have done.

    Anyway, NEWSWEEK’s sources still incorporated the earlier “nuclear materials” narrative, but it now takes a back seat to the clever new “personal stash” narrative.   This excerpt shows how it has evolved:  “The two U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the situation tell NEWSWEEK that while some of the intelligence documents might have dealt with nuclear weapons, that was not the main focus.  Donald Trump kept documents that interested him...It wasn’t the subject matter per se that was of interest to ‘Justice’ as it was the fear that Trump might ‘weaponize’ the information, including for personal gain, the official says.”  See what they did?  Trump did have nuclear materials, but they’re “not the main focus.”

    NEWSWEEK (to their credit) also quotes a former Trump official who says, “Trump was particularly interested in matters pertaining to the Russia hoax and the wrongdoings of the deep state...I think he felt, and I agree, that these are facts that the American people need to know.”  He also might have wanted to use them in his 2024 presidential run, the source said.

    So….President Trump declassified and held on to documents relating to the Russia hoax and the deep-state, after he’d been falsely accused of Russia “collusion” and endlessly investigated by a corrupt intel community.  The nerve of him!

    The sources told NEWSWEEK that the decision to raid Trump’s home was prompted by concerns that he might move the documents OR –- and I think this is more likely –- that he might “use” them, “revealing secrets or...intelligence sources and methods.”  Sorry, but if he declassified them while he was President, it’s within his authority to do that.  Bureaucrats shouldn’t be able to stop him.  And if Trump wants to use sunshine as a disinfectant, I say let the sun shine in.

    As for Trump’s possession of “classified” documents, even a CNN legal analyst was clear that he had the authority to declassify them, period.  And it doesn’t even matter if paperwork wasn’t filled out.

    https://dailycaller.com/2022/08/16/honig-cnn-fbi-raid-classifed-trump/?utm_medium=email

    Aaron Kliegman at JUST THE NEWS has an eye-opening report on what sure looks like a long and growing “enemies list” --- Trump allies who have been “probed, raided, handcuffed, charged and jailed by the ‘Justice’ Department.”  Read this, and you won’t wonder why Trump might have wanted possession of material that protects him.

    https://justthenews.com/government/federal-agencies/blacklisted-conservatives-targeted-doj

    Finally, civil rights attorney Harmeet Dhillon said Wednesday in an interview with Tucker Carlson that if we could see the underlying affidavit for this raid, “we would find something very disturbing.”  She bases this feeling on the Russia Hoax and “all the other hoaxes out of this DOJ and FBI.”  There’s a pretext for this fishing expedition, she said, and “once you have a lawful search warrant, and you gather materials...you can use those materials, even if they have nothing to do with the underlying crime.”  She says even material covered by attorney-client privilege or executive privilege might be used in the January 6 investigation.  “...If the goal is to sort of keep your opponents out of competing fairly for the White House, they could be used for that purpose.”

    She sees this happening to Trump with many in the “chattering class” cheering it on, and worries about what will happen if there’s a change in power in our government, “if ever.”  She sees that in her three decades of life as an attorney, this is “the most dangerous and divisive time” she has seen, “politically and legally.”  She also made the same observation we have:  that our enemies around the world are watching this chaos and will be happy to, say, invade Taiwan while we continue investigating and jailing each other.

     

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    • Kathryn M. Davis

      08/18/2022 06:56 PM

      I believe that the release of the entire contents of the affidavit used should be of paramount importance to the American public. Not redacted, not restricted, not censored in anyway. ALL of it needs to be released.

    • Dick Algire

      08/18/2022 05:32 PM

      All these media outlets, Time Magazine, The New York Times, the Washington Post and the major news networks are tied to the Council on Foreign Relations. David Rockefeller spilled the beans when he spoke at a 1991 Bilderberger meeting thanking these media darlings for attending their meetings and keeping silent about what went on at these meetings. Rockefeller noted: "We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost 40 years......It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years." We shouldn't be surprised at how our major media outlets choose how and what to promote as the 'real news.'

    • Linda Orf Strebbing

      08/18/2022 05:29 PM

      My fear is that they are “doing their investigation” and will time a trial perfectly with the time frame of campaign season prior to 2024. I do not trust them one bit. They’ve proven themselves to be dishonest and devious.

    • Kevin kennedy

      08/18/2022 05:25 PM

      I’ve never hated the Biden administration and the government more that I hate them right now.

    • Jim Lamoreaux

      08/18/2022 04:32 PM

      After reading about this government debacle, I give more credit to The Blacklist TV series. Can you say Kabball?

    • Norma Holmes

      08/18/2022 04:32 PM

      Convinved Dems Want Trump to run so they can split vote in GOp; our only solution had to be a clean candidate who carries out Trumps policies & cleans the sewer. Pompaeo, Desantis best bet; unify & nhet out the vote

    • Bill Hudson

      08/18/2022 03:56 PM

      So how much money is flowing from the CCP to continue this smoke screen while they prepare to take over Taiwan and the rest of the world. Unfortunately a lot of the money they use is coming straight out of American pockets. We have sold our souls for cheap items from China produced in sweat shops and by slave labor. Also with so many of the prescription drugs coming from China you have to wonder about the purity and quality control.

    • Patrick Barrett

      08/18/2022 03:06 PM

      on your Take "the Gen. Hayden Challenge", I've always wondered if the soldiers who killed innocents in the Mey Lei Viet Nam incident, were "following orders", so innocent. they said the officers should be charged. Same here, the one giving the order. but those soldiers who just accepted the order to keep their job, should be punished as being gullible. Those who didn't say no. they said YES, I can frame an innocent, find false evidence to stop him from ever attacking the Socialist Dictatorship. They aren't morally or spiritually fit for their job. only Hamburger flippers! fire them and jail the upper echelon. you just can't slap em like Moe did to Curly and Joe.

    • Jim Spauldinf

      08/18/2022 01:42 PM

      I took my concealed carry class 5 years ago. I never acted on it to actually get my ccw untill last week when the fbi raided Trump's home. When that happened, I thought how unfathomable it was to common legal sense. I thought if they can do that to a former president, they can do it to anyone. So, now, I'm expecting my ccw from Tallahassee just any day now.

    • jack macdonald

      08/18/2022 01:39 PM

      I keep pondering what the hell is going on in this country and what has happened to rational thought. First question. How did Biden get this far in life and achieve the office he holds without even knowing the definition of illegal. He doesn't think his giving oil to our enemy is illegal if not treason. He thinks aiding and abetting our enemies is fine and OK. He thinks the criminal enterprise he and his family operate is OK. He thinks opening the borders for potentially diseased trespassers, known terrorists and criminals is OK even though he swore an oath to not allow this. Second question: Why is there no discussion of impeachment in the media? Certainly, if the Trump administration and family were involved in this blatant criminality, it would be in their propaganda rags. You claim that you read all these submissions, yet I have never received a response to any of the concerns I have posed. I am asking these questions in sincere hope that they be considered.