During the hearing to determine whether any documents were used to obtain a warrant for raiding Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, prosecutors informed the judge that the investigation is still in its “early stage” and that they wished to keep all their documents secret to avoid giving the former president’s attorneys a “roadmap”.
Judge Bruce Reinhart stated that he was willing to release certain documents. He gave the government one week to develop a plan to determine whether documents will be redacted, released or kept sealed.
Deanna Shulman (the attorney representing media companies) first mentioned the “early stages” of the raid to reporters awaiting the hearing at the Paul G. Rogers Federal Building, West Palm Beach.
Andy McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor, noted in a National Review article written before Thursday’s hearing how service of a search warrant — or a raid — often comes late in an investigation when a perp is in his PJs or ankleshackles and stranded on a street corner for hours.
The government almost always has probable cause to issue an arrest warrant if it has probable cause to obtain a search warrant. It is quite common for the same affidavit to be filed to support both search warrants and arrest warrants. Investigators prefer to wait until the end for both search warrants and arrest warrants. This is because it is best to keep investigations secret, so that suspects are not tipped off while evidence is being gathered.
These situations may raise one question, but they could also answer another. First, why would you conduct a raid in the “early stages” of a case when you don’t have enough information to prove your case?
This brings us to another important point. This is why the warrant was so vague, and “overly wide”. How could a warrant which had every piece of paper produced during Trump’s presidency under its aegis not be too broad? “Overly broad” refers to a legal term for art that suggests we are heading into unconstitutional territory. This is a Fourth Amendment offense and goes against the very reason patriots fled to the colonies to declare their independence from Britain.
Agents are required to remove all binders of photos and documents with classification marks on them. The coup de grace also requires that they take away any containers/boxes with such markings as well as any other containers/boxes in which the documents are found.
This warrant applies to any documents Trump may have touched between his first and last days in office. This includes “information, including communications, regarding the retrieval storage or transmission of national defence information or classified material, any government or Presidential Records created between January 20, 2017 and January 20, 2021.”
The media reported that the Feds hoped to keep Mar-a-Lago’s sacking under wraps in order to avoid any attention from Trump, even though they were aware of his absence. This is important because it supports speculation — and educated speculation on this point is all that we have — that the raid was a Hoover Special, with the Feds vacuuming up every document, photo, and underpants in the hope of finding something.
Judge Reinhart signed the warrant on Friday, August 5, 2022. The FBI had to wait until Monday in order to execute the warrant. It might seem like it takes some planning to put together a raid such as this. True. It’s true. You need to organize muscle, get the suits signed on, find a babysitter, inform your spouse that you will be late and get the right people lined up with the right clearances to read the evil, super secret nuclear secrets Trump had, according to DOJ media leaks.
Merrick Garland, Attorney General, fought for weeks or even months over the raid on the former president’s house. We certainly hope so. How long have these “early stage” investigations been ongoing? Margot Cleveland, a law professor, writes for The Federalist that it has been going on at least since January 2022.
The media claimed that he had classified information. We all know that sitting presidents have the right to declassify any information they wish. I will explain this again, and it will be published in an article that will be published within hours. Nobody is the boss in the world of declassification.
The search warrant also cites 18 U.S.C. SSSS 793 or 1591 by the Feds is charged because the documents are classified. This is interesting, but it’s not relevant to the main issue. The real issue seems to be the second statute that Trump included in his list of terribles, and that’s obstruction.
David Ferreira signed the Memo of Understanding with Obama. Obama was able to access the documents as his foundation paid NARA to keep them “on-loan.”
Trump will be indicted. The Left will also be indicted. It will be for obstruction of justice. This is because Trump negotiators, who were working with NARA, did not fully cooperate with a corrupt librarian at National Archives who wanted to tell the Feds what was in his box. He got it back, by the side.
Government lawyers claim that we cannot possibly know the contents of the affidavit under which the search warrant was served on a former President because the investigation is still in its “early stage.”