If you can believe it, Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation —into twice-impeached, 34X indicted, disgraced LOSER ex-prznint Stupid’s
mishandling STEALING hundreds of classified documents from the White House and storing them at an unlocked basement with a boot leggers tunnel to the beach at Merde-a-Lardo— is allegedly wrapping up.
That said, we are learning new details that suggest even more obstruction by the Trump Crime Syndicate than previously known (emphasis mine):
Two of Donald Trump’s employees moved boxes of papers the day before an early June visit by FBI agents and a prosecutor to the former president’s Florida home to retrieve classified documents in response to a subpoena — timing that investigators have come to view as suspicious and an indication of possible obstruction, according to people familiar with the matter.
Trump and his aides also allegedly carried out a “dress rehearsal” for moving sensitive papers even before his office received the May 2022 subpoena, according to the people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe a sensitive ongoing investigation.
Read: hide or destroy EVIDENCE.
Prosecutors in addition have gathered evidence indicating that Trump at times kept classified documents in his office in a place where they were visible and sometimes showed them to others, these people said.
So, possible obstruction now sounds like probable obstruction and probable ketchup has been flung everywhere.
It also broadens the timeline of possible obstruction episodes that investigators are examining — a period stretching from events at Mar-a-Lago before the subpoena to the period after the FBI search there on Aug. 8.
That timeline may prove crucial as prosecutors seek to determine Trump’s intent in keeping hundreds of classified documents after he left the White House, a key factor in deciding whether to file charges, possibly for obstruction, mishandling national security secrets or both. The Washington Post has previously reported that the boxes were moved out of the storage area after Trump’s office received a subpoena. But the precise timing of that activity is a significant element in the investigation, the people familiar with the matter said.
Intent was always going to be hard to prove, human error and a mad dash to leave the joint after his coup attempt failed, so a dress rehearsal does kinda imply that they knew that they had hot documents and were trying to hide them before the Feds arrived. It looks bad because IT IS BAD.
And of course, Hair Füror and his second string
flying monkeys, er, lawyers are not taking this well, and have tossed a word salad public defense:
Trump has denied wrongdoing in each case. “This is nothing more than a targeted, politically motivated witch hunt against President Trump that is concocted to meddle in an election and prevent the American people from returning him to the White House,” Steven Cheung, a Trump spokesman, wrote in a statement. “Just like all the other fake hoaxes thrown at President Trump, this corrupt effort will also fail.”
Cheung accused prosecutors of showing “no regard for common decency or key rules that govern the legal system,” and he claimed that investigators have “harassed anyone and everyone who works [for], has worked [for], or supports Donald Trump.”
“In the course of negotiations over the return of documents, President Trump told the lead DOJ official, ‘anything you need from us, just let us know,’” he continued. “That DOJ rejected this offer of cooperation and conducted a raid on Mar-a-Lago proves that the Biden regime has weaponized the DOJ and FBI.”
[Insert clip of Gym Jordan bouncing around squeaking like a chipmunk, “Did you say, ‘Weaponized the DOJ and FBI?!’”]
And, as you can imagine, Hair Füror is reacting with his usual cool headed sangfroid and calm demeanor (per Vanity Fair’s email thingie and emphasis is theirs):
Not surprisingly, Trump, in at least one of theses chats, has reacted “angrily,” asking, “What about Joe Biden?” (Classified documents were found at several locations used by Biden, and shortly thereafter, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed another special counsel to investigate the matter. Documents were also found at former vice president Mike Pence’s home. An important point that appears to elude the ex-president: Neither the president nor Pence refused to comply with a government request to retrieve the documents.) In April, Trump’s former attorney general Bill Barr said in an interview that the classified-documents probe was the one Trump should be “most concerned about.” In another interview earlier this month, he told CBS News: “He wouldn’t get in trouble, probably, just for taking them…. The problem is what did he do after the government asked for them back and subpoenaed them. And if there’s any games being played there, he’s going to be very exposed.”
We return to the WaPo story for just a flash of human interest, and you’ll see why:
John Irving, a lawyer representing one of the two employees who moved the boxes, said the worker did not know what was in them and was only trying to help Trump valet Walt Nauta, who was using a dolly or hand truck to move a number of boxes.
“He was seen on Mar-a-Lago security video helping Walt Nauta move boxes into a storage area on June 2, 2022. My client saw Mr. Nauta moving the boxes and volunteered to help him,” Irving said. The next day, he added, the employee helped Nauta pack an SUV “when former president Trump left for Bedminster for the summer.”
The lawyer said his client, a longtime Mar-a-Lago employee whom he declined to identify, has cooperated with the government and did not have “any reason to think that helping to move boxes was at all significant.” Other people familiar with the investigation confirmed the employee’s role and said he has been questioned multiple times by authorities.
And that’s where we will leave this for now, but it does indeed sound like the walls are closing in and maybe —hopefully?!— a life of crime is finally going to catch up with the fat bastard.
I’m sorry, negotiations over the return of the documents?
What was there to negotiate?
Those were government property, he took them when he was exiting the government office that gave him access, what were he and his lawyers negotiating?
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