Oh, Ye, gentle mistresses and most distinguished gentlemen, and others… The opinions and observations are solely my own views, and I take full responsibility for any errors of fact, not to mention any predictions that prove to be wildly inaccurate.
Today’s Listening Pleasure: JEFFERSON AIRPLANE “Volunteers”
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
The Preamble to the Constitution states that “We the People”, collectively, as THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA will “insure domestic Tranquility”. Yet, I question how can “domestic tranquility” be possible with today’s 24/7 news media outlets, where information, many times in its infant stages, is instantaneously diagnosed, most likely without having all the facts at hand and then thrown back at us in seconds as “truth/facts” with the broadcaster’s bias attached. Watching FOX NEWS (labeled as NEWS…seriously, dudes?) or MSNBC, “Caveat emptor”, I say to the viewers. Too many times a “news” report is taken as fact without all the facts. Said example is the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago whereby FOX NEWS immediately classified the raid as a validation of the sense of persecution of “the former guy”.They continued this dialog for weeks now.
Fact:The FBI raid was announced (leaked) by the “former guy” who was in New York at the time, not at Mar-a-Lago. The FBI had previously attempted to retrieve said materials from Mar-a-lago in a “less intrusive” way but were met with some resistance.
FOX: How dare they, with a machine gun carrying militia enter the home of The President. (They still believe he should rightfully be President).
FACT: DOJ Attorney General Merrick Garland issued the order for the FBI to raid “the home” of a former president.
FOX: Claim this action was in retribution for Trump blocking the nomination to the Supreme Court of GARLAND. This statement has NO merit and is completely false. Garland’s nomination by out going term expired PRESIDENT OBAMA, lasted 293 days as the GOP Senate refused to hear/vote on Obama’s nomination. Therefore, that nomination expired January 3, 2017 as did the 114th Congress.
My questions are: What were these documents?Who saw them?Who packed the items? When were they moved? and WHY? To most every question I add “What was the “chain of custody”?, Were the custodial rights violated, and if so by whom? In other words did “Two Hunks With A Truck” move this shit?
Originally there were the June 15 boxes appropriated by the DoJ. After researching what was contained in those boxes it was determined by DoJ that “there must be more” (my words and guess).The DoJ asked for specifics about a possible trove of material and their request was met with resistance, hesitation and of course deflection. The “former guy” is great in controlling the narrative, he was and is the “Master of Deflection”. His fifth grade vocabulary is usually of a violent rhetoric and his MAGA Youth aka right/white wing conservative Christian zealots follow his every word as truth. Rather than face the circumstances and maybe saying “oops, I didn’t know it was wrong, first time being President” and let it play out he would rather lather up the troops about the deep dark state of Liberalism. “Help, they out to get me, me your president.” The “former guy (FG)” has loudly (and inaccurately) complained about the “attack” on his compound at Mar-a-lago and made incendiary attacks about the FBI and DoJ as a loyalty check on his Republicans. He speaks about that attack of his compound in Florida but nothing about the attack of January 6. He speaks about the ‘shadow army’ aka the FBI.
“You stole confidential documents, tried to overthrow your own government, instigated a riot at the Capitol, interfered with an election, obstructed justice, ran a scam charity, ran a scam university…”(Political Cartoonist:Dave W Hammond)
Now, in FG’s defense, he will not be prosecuted by DoJ while he attempts to continue to tarnish the traditions of our democracy. The procedure and the “documents” confiscated both times will not be used to prosecute. It is difficult to prove justice if it (the raids and items obtained) is suddenly and selectively invoked to “Target” someone. If this “violation” of the Records Acts was routinely prosecuted then that would be a different story. I heard the chorus in the background singing “but what about”, there is no“Whataboutism” in law.
The former President “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.”( John Solomon Aug 2022 )
Kash Patel, a Trump ally and former national security official in the Trump administration — and also one of the former president’s designees to the Archives — told Fox that Trump “issued sweeping declassification orders on multiple occasions.”
“It can’t just be an idea in his head,” said David Laufman, the former chief of the Justice Department’s counterintelligence division who investigated Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified documents. “Programs and officials would have been notified. There is no evidence they were.”
Speaking of HILLARY, she used a “private server” and had 113 documents containing classified information. Nothing stored in her “clubhouse” where FG had 300 documents. So, after 18 months of haggling, the DoJ had to use some force to get government records back, including some that contained government secrets.
Records, I love collecting records…
to be continued…