Former Breitbart editor and Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon once told a reporter that the “Democrats don’t matter. The real opposition is the media. And the way to deal with them is to flood the zone with sh*t.”
After his home was searched by the FBI in relation to just one of the criminal probes against him, Donald Trump opened the floodgates.
The twice-impeached ex-president who lost the popular vote twice and tried to stage a coup is scared, clinging to whataboutisms that make little sense in context or comparison. His fear is understandable; removing unauthorized classified material from the White House is a felony and Trump knows it. He signed legislation in 2018 toughening sentencing for those caught committing the crime after years of badgering his political opponent over her alleged mishandling of classified materials. Trump’s own law may be his undoing.
According to US News & World Report:
‘Taking presidential records from the White House could open Trump up to charges of conspiring to impede the proper functioning of the National Archives…he could also be charged under a law, known by its code number 2071, making it a crime to conceal or destroy U.S. public documents, or laws making it illegal to steal or damage government property.’
Despite Trump’s attempts to place blame for the search on President Joe Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland, his own appointed FBI Director Christopher Wray, and the entire Democratic Party, the truth is that the investigation is indicative of serious suspicions of a crime.
According to David Laufman, the former Chief of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section (CES) in the National Security Division at the Department of Justice (DOJ) who oversaw the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, said that:
‘For the department to pursue a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago tells me that the quantum and quality of the evidence they were reciting — in a search warrant and affidavit that an FBI agent swore to — was likely so pulverizing in its force as to eviscerate any notion that the search warrant and this investigation is politically motivated.’
Trump’s attempts to “flood the zone with sh*t” includes a whataboutism attack on President Barack Obama, who left the White House before Trump took over and, according to Trump, committed the crime of stealing classified documents with no consequences whatsoever. For four years, he says, he did nothing about that.
Except he couldn’t do anything about it, because there was nothing illegal happening.
According to the fact-check department of The Washington Post:
‘As was reported back in late 2016, the Obama team was transferring the records to Chicago through the National Archives, which legally owns the documents once a president leaves office. Once the documents ultimately reached a warehouse in Chicago, the Obama Foundation was then due to pay the National Archives and Record Administration to digitize the documents. The lengthiness of that process aside, there isn’t the faintest hint of legal violations.’
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) August 11, 2022