(Cartoon by Jeff Darcy Cleveland.com)
Ever since the existence of classified White House documents spirited away to drumpf’s dump of a Florida clubhouse has been public knowledge, der Gropinfuhrer has insisted that the trove of confidential, Top Secret, and Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information documents squirreled away there “are mine”, even though all law and precedent since at least The Watergate era, and Richard Nixon’s attempts to conceal his crimes behind a curtain of privilege and confidentiality, was upended by Congress.
As I pointed out in my post yesterday, Politico has reported that even after drumpf had relented and sent some of “his” documents back to the National Archives last January, he and his lawyers fought for months to prevent the archivists from sharing those documents with the FBI, so that those agents could do their job of assessing any potential dangers posed to our national security by their mishandling.
Well, it turns out that not only were the returned documents not drumpf’s to do with as he pleased, some of them were not even from his time in office, making his pronouncements all the more laughable, and… curious.
“After Trump’s term ended in January 2021, Archives officials identified various high-profile items that had not been sent to their collection and requested they be located and turned over. What followed was a tortured standoff among Trump; some of his own advisers, who urged the return of documents; and the bureaucrats charged by the law with maintaining and protecting presidential records. Trump only agreed to return some of the documents after a National Archives official asked a Trump adviser for help, saying they may have to soon refer the matter to Congress or the Justice Department.
Nearly a year later, on Jan. 17, 2022, Trump returned 15 boxes of newspaper clips, presidential briefing papers, handwritten notes and assorted mementos to the National Archives. That was supposed to settle the issue.
Instead, when Archives employees began opening up and sifting through the material, they noticed an immediate problem. The boxes arrived without any kind of logs or inventories to describe their content, according to a person familiar with the recovery. Instead, they contained a hodgepodge of documents, including some that didn’t even come from Trump’s time in the White House.“
Now, that just begs the question; what records from previous administrations did the ex-felon and blackmailer-in-Chief seek to keep for his own future use, and, if some, presumedly considered valuable by der Gropinfuhrer, were returned last January, then what the hell kind of information from the past do the others that he kept – and are causing all his convoluted present legal and extra – legal gyrations, contain?
Perhaps results from the Intelligence Community concerning the disturbing contacts he has maintained with Moscow for the last thirty some odd years?
Or maybe he is interested in covering up his father’s involvement with the “America First” crowd back in the late 30’s and 40’s?
Perhaps he is motivated to embarrass his predecessor Barack Obama by revealing confidential records of his prosecution of the wars in Afghanistan and Syria?
Or maybe he wishes to gift his favorite publication The National Inquirer with some juicy scoops about Area-51 or the JFK Assassination.
Unfortunately we will probably never know what secrets drumpf sought to clutch to his flabby breast and call his own.
The archivists and FBI agents will no doubt sworn to secrecy, and the files, or even the existence of them, deemed too volatile and too threatening to National Security to discuss or acknowledge.
Yet some were allowed to sit amoldering in Mar-A-Lago’s basement as the FedGuv wrangled with fatso’s lawyers.
do you think he has any hidden elsewhere?
Trump was negotiating to have a Trump Tower there right up until just a few months before the election.
Usually when I think about some unfortunate chance meeting with former guy, I picture myself looking at him with derision, turning my back and walking way-totally ignoring him. For this one issue however I want to walk up to him and ask “what in the fuck could you be thinking? Classified documents are not “yours” and never were. Get a fucking clue you ignorant ass.” Thankfully I will never be so unfortunate to have to see this bozo except thru some media outlet–I can then navigate away from the page. Quickly.
It’s good that the documents were retrieved, but do we really believe that, as stupid as he is, that Trump doesn’t know how to use a copy machine? The information is still out there, I’m sure.
There are people around him that possibly could have used one so this is rather bad. I wonder when these birds will come home to roost.
You’d think that a reasonable search warrant would include the copier. Most big ones have a log of what’s been copied. Not sure that TFG would know to turn that off, but at least a copy can be differentiated from an original by the FBI.
Do we know they did not remove the memory chip or whatever that saves the copy log? And “they” could be either the FBI or a trump person because you’re correct, he wouldn’t know how to operate the on/off switch let alone figure out the rest.
I heard people comment about Ivana coffin being very heavy. Perhaps they should look for classified documents there.
When I think back to when Satan’s Spawn announced his intention to run for the Pretendency, where was the fourth estate? If, as Dino claims, he had been playing footsie with the Russians for decades, how come this wasn’t front page news all that year?
Where were the intelligence agencies?
All the media was snowed by TFG. They essentially gave him tons of free publicity. Hell, Savannah Guthrie would giggle every time he called in to the show – what kind of politician does that? By the time they figured it out it was too late and he won.
A great deal of blame goes to the media, not all, not even sure if most of the blame, but definitely a great deal of it. A hefty portion of the blame needs to be put on the evil fools who voted for him in the first place.
brakester. They were there front and center. I can’t imagine where you could have been not to have seen all the dirt on Trump that 70 million Americans chose to ignore? Like the Billy Bush “pussy” interview or the Moscow pee tapes, there was plenty of evidence as to the character of the Artful Dodger that was Trump. Well you get what you pay for or in this case will pay for in the future!
If you remember, brakester, it was two intelligence chiefs, James Clapper and Michael Hayden who were his most vociferous critics when he became President…
Reasons to keep top secret documents
Bragging rights “ look ,here’s the one where I tried to sell the launch codes”
Secret Special Blackmail plans
Baron’s school projects
Test out the new fireplace a Mar-A-Largo
Paper air planes ,lots of paper airplanes
Collage for Eric’s bedroom wall
Ivanka’s new “Green Clothing “ line
…and the #1 reason
THEIR MINE !