It’s been a week since the FBI conducted a dramatic raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. After revelations that the FBI removed 11 sets of classified documents – to include four sets classified as “Top Secret” – speculation has abounded about what could be in these classified papers.
As usual, the media has been eager to gobble up and broadcast the scrumptious and salacious accusations from those in the intelligence community who have crawled out from their book writing to gab about the former President. These articles attempt to set a scene for the American people of a former Commander-in-Chief who obviously is guilty of… well, something.
You can almost hear the desperation in every word of these articles. While there is no argument that the former President was certainly unconventional regarding governance, I’m not entirely sure the intelligence community has the best credibility.
Intelligence Agencies purposely withheld pertinent intel from Commander and Chief POTUS Trump because they didn't like the way he acted. That wasn't their call, it was ours, The USA, when we elected TRUMP. https://t.co/JW2j1jsxGj
— Star Spangled Rebecca (@Rebecca85348076) August 15, 2022
Serving At The Pleasure Of Whom?
It’s common practice historically for the intelligence community to keep some details secret even from the President of the United States, such as names and backgrounds of agents embedded in the field. But did the intelligence community take a few steps too far under President Trump?
The critical backstory: “Mr. Trump’s behavior led to such mistrust within intelligence agencies that officials who gave him classified briefings occasionally erred on the side of withholding some sensitive details from him.” @MarkMazzettiNYThttps://t.co/NWaTjTh5gZ
— Jamie Gangel (@jamiegangel) August 14, 2022
New York Times journalist Mark Mazzetti wrote an eyebrow-raising piece on just how much the intelligence community would withhold from the former President. He writes:
“Mr. Trump’s behavior led to such mistrust within intelligence agencies that officials who gave him classified briefings occasionally erred on the side of withholding some sensitive details from him.”
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The article opines how the President would anger those in the intelligence community because of things he would allegedly divulge to foreign leaders, on Twitter, or just in passing. Former top CIA counterterrorism official Douglas London is quoted in the article stating:
“We certainly took into account ‘what damage he could do if he blurts this out?'”
What I find fascinating about these accounts is how these journalists don’t seem to have an issue with those who weren’t elected by the American people choosing to withhold information from the person the American people elected as their Commander-in-Chief. Where is all that talk about “democracy”?
Last I checked, there is a mechanism to remove a President from office in the event he is incapable of executing the duties of his office, and it doesn’t include circumventing his authority.
A Theme Within The Agencies
The truth is, I’m not the only one who finds themselves wondering what they can and can’t believe anymore out of institutions that are meant to serve the people. For example, Senator Charles Grassley, who is well known in DC as a trusted member of the Senate, recently came out with some bombshell accusations against none other than the FBI.
Sen. Chuck Grassley DROPS bombshell WHISTLEBLOWER evidence of MASSIVE corruption between FBI and Biden Crime Family pic.twitter.com/xGcYB0a7xT
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) July 27, 2022
After receiving multiple whistleblower allegations, Senator Grassley released the following:
“The allegations provided to my office appear to indicate that there was a scheme in place among certain FBI officials to undermine derogatory information connected to Hunter Biden by falsely suggesting it was disinformation.”
How interesting. So while the CIA actively would keep information from the President, the FBI allegedly kept information from the American people – if the allegations are true.
It kind of sounds like both were helping a particular political party, one working against the incumbent and one working for the opponent. Senator Grassley goes on:
“In light of these allegations, I remain very concerned that political bias by a select group of Justice Department and FBI officials has infected the Justice Department and FBI’s usual process and procedures to open and pursue high-profile and politically charged investigations.”
It shouldn’t be surprising that you can cut the tension in this country with a knife after the raid on the former President’s home.
John Bolton Isn’t Surprised
The warrant that kicked off this unprecedented raid lays out what the former President is under investigation for and what the FBI could take. According to the warrant, President Trump is under investigation for the destruction, removal, or destruction of records, obstruction of an investigation, and violating a provision of the Espionage Act related to gathering, transmitting, or losing defense information.
That’s quite the litany of possible offenses. But, perhaps the most interesting thing is that the agents were authorized to take anything that could relate to the above items between January 20th, 2017, and January 20th, 2021.
That’s his entire presidency. Interesting. I wonder if we will soon be in store for some encore January 6th hearings. I sure hope so; I could always use a quality nap.
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton didn’t hesitate to weigh in on the possibility that the former President abused classified material:
“I can easily imagine in the last chaotic days at the White House since he didn’t think he was going to leave until the last minute, they were just throwing things into boxes, and it included a lot of things he had accumulated over the four years.”
Somehow, I find it hard to believe that Donald Trump was packing his boxes. And that is where the rub lies; how do you prove intent? Let’s say, for instance, that he hadn’t declassified the items as he claims he has.
Former NSA @AmbJohnBolton to @CBSNews: "Often the president would say [to intelligence briefers], 'Well, can I keep this?' And in my experience, the intelligence briefers most often would say, 'Well, sir, we'd prefer to take that back.' But sometimes they forgot."
— Robert Costa (@costareports) August 12, 2022
How do you prove he packed these boxes with the intent of breaking the law? That seems awfully similar to a former Secretary of State using a private email server to conduct classified official business.
Hillary Clinton was inevitably not charged due mainly to the fact that there was no determination that she intended any wrongdoing. However, I know quite a few military members who were punished severely for accidentally emailing things with Personally Identifiable Information like social security numbers from one military member to another.
But I guess the former Secretary of State has different standards than we did. Lower standards.
A former National Security Council official revealed about President Trump:
“Obviously, yes, there were concerns about him mishandling classified information.”
Although I have to say I have some concerns of my own.
The Political Insider’s Rusty Weiss reported earlier this month alleged quotes from General Mark Milley in various kiss-and-tell books, one of which that’s my personal favorite about bucking the former President:
“If they want to court-martial me, or put me in prison, have at it. But I will fight from the inside.”
We should all be alarmed if these quotes from the top brass of the military, accusations about the FBI and DOJ, and this what I would call gossip from America’s spooks are true.
It begs the question, is the President of the United States, regardless of who sits in the seat, really in charge? If not, who is?
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