Leakers have shared information that suggests that the FBI was looking for classified nuclear secrets during the Mar-a-Lago raid in June.
The Justice Department has been effectively dared by President Trump to make the records of the Mar-a-Lago raid public.
“Not only will I not oppose the release of documents related to the unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in of my home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents, even though they have been drawn up by radical left Democrats and possible future political opponents, who have a strong and powerful vested interest in attacking me, much as they have done for the last 6 years…” Trump claimed in a post on Truth Social on Thursday night.
“This unprecedented political weaponization of law enforcement is inappropriate and highly unethical. The world is watching as our Country is being brought to a new low, not only on our border, crime, economy, energy, national security, and so much more, but also with respect to our sacred elections!” he said in a subsequent post.
According to ‘people familiar with the investigation,’ the FBI searched the former president Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on Monday in search of ‘classified documents relating to nuclear weapons,’ among other things.
We therefore must believe that the FBI raided Trump’s home in June after seizing several boxes from him, telling him to secure them with a stronger lock, then two months later realizing “oh — he might have nuclear secrets.”
The leakers didn’t provide any more information.
Material about nuclear weapons is especially sensitive and usually restricted to a small number of government officials, experts said. Publicizing details about U.S. weapons could provide an intelligence road map to adversaries seeking to build ways of countering those systems. And other countries might view exposing their nuclear secrets as a threat, experts said.
One former Justice Department official, who in the past oversaw investigations of leaks of classified information, said the type of top-secret information described by the people familiar with the probe would probably cause authorities to try to move as quickly as possible to recover sensitive documents that could cause grave harm to U.S. security. -Washington Post
According to David Laufman, the former head of the Justice Department’s counterintelligence section, “if the FBI and the Department of Justice believed there were top secret materials still at Mar-a-Lago, that would lend itself to greater ‘hair-on-fire’ motivation to recover that material as quickly as possible.”
We, therefore, anticipate that the narrative will now be that Trump leaked or may have disclosed nuclear secrets to Putin, which allowed “authorities to try to move as as quickly as possible to recover sensitive documents” in the name of national security.
In a brief address on Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland disclosed that the DOJ has petitioned a federal judge to unseal the Mar-a-Lago search warrant, which he personally approved.
“Just now, the Justice Department has filed a motion in the Southern District of Florida to unseal a search warrant and property receipt relating to a court approved search that the FBI conducted earlier this week,” Garland said.
While Trump himself indicated on Truth Social on Wednesday that the FBI might have planted evidence, Trump allies have argued that the warrant was politically motivated.
The search is related to a probe into whether Trump illegally kept presidential records, including confidential material, after he left office in January 2021.
“The public’s clear and powerful interest in understanding what occurred under these circumstances weighs heavily in favor of unsealing” the warrant, according to US Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez of the Southern District of Florida.
Jay I. Bratt, the Justice Department’s chief for Counterintelligence and Export Control Section National Security Division, co-signed the document.
According to the four-page motion, a judge signed and approved of the search warrant on Aug. 5, the Friday before the search was executed. The Justice Department also seeks to reveal the property receipt listing the seized items and filed today with the court.
Shortly after the government’s filing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart set a speedy pace to determine whether Trump opposes unsealing. -Law & Crime
“On or before 3:00 p.m. Eastern time on August 12, 2022, the United States shall file a certificate of conferral advising whether former President Trump opposes the Government’s motion to unseal,” Reinhart wrote.
After the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid on Monday, US Attorney General Merrick Garland addressed the media at 2:30 PM ET on Thursday.
Conservatives have targeted Garland, claiming that the establishment has once more “weaponized” the DOJ against Donald Trump.
Watch the full video below:
Conservatives like Sen. Rand Paul have demanded a probe.
“And if it warrants it, there’s going to have to be a look at whether or not the attorney general has misused his office for political purposes. Have they gone after a political opponent? I mean, this is beyond the pale, “He said on Wednesday on Fox News. “No one would have ever imagined before that we would be using or one political party would be using the FBI to attack their political opponents.”