When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”
– Thomas Jefferson
Question: If the affidavit used to get a warrant has a major, fundamental error in it, does that make the material gathered in the search (raid) inadmissible? Investigative reporter Paul Sperry is wondering about that after seeing that the affiant who swore to it affirmed, “I do not believe that any spaces within these PREMISES have been authorized for the storage of classified material.” This is not correct; White House records confirm that a “SCIF,” a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, had indeed been set up at Mar-A-Lago. Also, according to records, a nearly $600,000 contract had been awarded for physical security upgrades to Mar-A-Lago for Trump’s post-presidency transition.
Sperry notes other oddities as well, saying that the raid and the case the DOJ is trying to build “reeks of sloppiness and desperation.” Is this an actual case or a means to accomplish something darker?
By the way, remember that story that broke in the WASHINGTON POST on the heels of the Mar-A-Lago raid about agents searching for –- and presumably expecting to find –- highly classified documents containing America’s “nuclear secrets”? I ask because not long after that story appeared, it just...went away, as the left’s narrative on the raid continued to evolve.
I told you at the outset that this story had every appearance of one more FBI leak, and that’s what it turned out to be. As Victoria Taft at PJ MEDIA reports, the four “journalists” who were bylined on that story --- Devlin Barrett, Josh Dawsey, Perry Stein and Shane Harris --- were punked, as in, given a fake story. VANITY FAIR, of course, ran with it, pushing the narrative that Trump must have possessed dangerous nuclear secrets and even the nuclear codes! Never mind that the nuclear codes probably get changed every now and then, particularly when the Oval Office changes hands, and that Bill Clinton once left the nuclear codes in his pants pocket. That’s not surprising, considering Bill did have a hard time keeping track of where he’d left his pants.
VANITY FAIR even tried to say that since Trump protested so much about the “nuclear secrets” story --- even suggesting evidence might have been planted --- he probably thought they were going to find something. Why, his protest was tantamount to an admission of guilt!
As Taft points out, and we have as well, Attorney General Merrick Garland took weeks to deliberate whether or not to conduct the raid, so he must not have been too terrified of any nuclear threat posed by information kept at Mar-A-Lago. FBI agents had already been there to scope out the situation and look at what was there; they could have taken it then if it was so dangerous.
Also, the inventory list of documents seized during the raid, released the day of the WASHINGTON POST story, contained nothing with a “Q” classification. “Q” means classified nuclear materials from the Department of Energy. The affidavit that was just released has nothing classified “Q,” either. There are two “Q” classifications, both of which require the presence of armed guards. No, this story was probably made up after the raid, when it looked as though such a grotesque overstep might backfire.
Anyone who thinks about this for five minutes without being blinded by Trump-hate can see how ridiculous the “nuclear codes” story was. Taft’s story is a highly enjoyable must-read.
It should be mentioned that right-leaning news outlets sometimes get details wrong, too, and when they do, the left will find an opening to try to discredit the whole story. For example, even some FOX NEWS reporters have said the FBI went to Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook to tell him the Hunter Biden laptop story was “Russian disinformation.” To be accurate, Zuckerberg, speaking in a strangely blasé fashion, said he couldn’t recall for sure if they specifically mentioned the laptop. So now the FBI is able to criticize the reporting as inaccurate and say the warning they gave Facebook was of “a general nature.”
To that, we’d say it's a distinction with very little difference. The FBI went to Zuckerberg when Miranda Devine’s laptop story was about to break in the NEW YORK POST --- and don’t think they didn’t know about that; if they didn’t, they’d say so --- and told him of an imminent dump of Russian propaganda. Right away, there’s Devine’s laptop story. What are the “content moderators” (censors) at Facebook supposed to think? As Zuckerberg said, “It basically fit the pattern.”
The FBI says this kind of reaching out is “just routine.” Ah, I feel so much better.
Of course, we’ve also learned that leading up to the 2020 election, the “7th Floor” at the FBI actually ordered agents not to investigate Hunter’s laptop and the influence peddling schemes suggested there, some involving Joe Biden when he was Obama’s VP. As for Zuckerberg, he’s also the deep pockets behind the Center for Tech and Civic Life and their “Zuckerbucks,” which in 2020 funded illegal drop-boxes for mail-in ballots in mostly Democrat strongholds.
Jonathan Turley has a good column about the FBI’s contact with Zuckerberg. “It is not clear why the FBI considered this type of media outreach was part of its responsibility as a law enforcement agency,” he writes. Before an election, this move “actively discouraged a major platform to allow discussion of major allegations of corruption,” he said, referring to the Biden “family business.”
Facebook was all too ready to limit discussion on this political issue right before an election. Looks to us as though the FBI was doing a little “colluding” of its own to commit “election interference.”
Finally, we’ve spoken recently about Mary McCord, one of the Obama insiders who furthered the Russia Hoax in 2016 and helped pave the way for Impeachment #1 of Trump, working as chief legal adviser to Reps. Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler. She also played a role in targeting Michael Flynn when he was named Trump’s national security adviser. More recently, she has joined forces with the January 6 committee to help obtain Trump’s White House records. McCord came out from under a rock this weekend to speak with ABC NEWS’ George Stefanopoulos, prompting Sundance at THE CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE to run through her history.
We’ve postulated that former Obama powerhouse attorney Lisa Monaco, second-in-command to AG Merrick Garland, is most likely the power behind the throne at DOJ. Just under her is John Carlin, former chief of staff to Robert Mueller at the FBI. He’s been busy since January 6, “keeping us safe,” as he says, “from the threat of violent extremism,” as in, Trump supporters.
Now comes Obama powerhouse Mary McCord, deeply involved in the fight to get Trump’s presidential documents. These are the people heading up the massive lawfare targeting Trump. Does anyone still think this raid had anything to do with documents for the National Archives?
For when you have time, this article offers much more detail and connects the dots.