We knew the ball was going to stop at national security, now didn’t we? That was determined within minutes of breaking news of the FBI executing a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago on Monday. The Trump White House was a $hitshow from day one on all levels but with respect to security clearances and the handling of classified documents it was especially horrific.
All week long stories have been popping up about how nobody on the White House staff was fully trained in the protocol for handling top secret documentation or even lower level documentation. Donald Trump was making it up as he went along. He would throw classified documents in a box with a raincoat or a MAGA hat and simply make up his own protocol. You saw the torn notes in the toilet earlier this week. What an image.
Merrick Garland didn’t elaborate today on the contents of the boxes which were the object of the search but this is what has leaked out. Washington Post:
The people who described some of the material that agents were seeking spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. They did not offer additional details about what type of information the agents were seeking, including whether it involved weapons belonging to the United States or some other nation. Nor did they say if such documents were recovered as part of the search. A Trump spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Justice Department and FBI declined to comment. […]
Former senior intelligence officials said in interviews that during the Trump administration, highly classified intelligence about sensitive topics, including about intelligence-gathering on Iran, was routinely mishandled. One former official said the most highly classified information often ended up in the hands of personnel who didn’t appear to have a need to possesses it or weren’t authorized to read it.
Or relatives of Trump who had security clearances when they shouldn’t have had and who also were buddies with dictators of fascist regimes. And if you’re thinking Jared, this is not new information. Jared went along with Steve Bannon and Mike Flynn in 2017 to sell nuclear start up kits to the Saudis This was after Erik Prince was having secret meetings with Vladimir Putin’s buddies in the Seychelles Islands.
That former official also said signals intelligence — intercepted electronic communications like emails and phone calls of foreign leaders — was among the type of information that often ended up with unauthorized personnel. Such intercepts are among the most closely guarded secrets because of what they can reveal about how the United States has penetrated foreign governments.
A person familiar with the inventory of 15 boxes taken from Mar-a-Lago in January indicated that signals intelligence material was included in them. The precise nature of the information was unclear.
The former officials and the other individual spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence matters.
This spring, Trump’s team received a grand jury subpoena in connection with the documents investigations, two people familiar with the investigation, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss details, confirmed to The Post on Thursday. Investigators visited Mar-a-Lago in the weeks following the issuance of the subpoena, and Trump’s team handed over some materials. The subpoena was first reported by Just the News, a conservative media outlet run by John Solomon, one of Trump’s recently designated representatives to the National Archives.
They handed over “some” materials. And who decided what would be handed over or not? Jared? Stephen Miller? Dr. Strangelove? I only laugh to keep from crying. As a kid born in the Cold War 50’s, this scares the hell out of me.