The FBI search warrant shows that Trump is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice, a violation of the Espionage Act
A search warrant seen by Politico reveals that the FBI is investigating Donald Trump for possible violations of the Espionage Act and obstruction of justice laws.
The warrants show that federal law enforcement was investigating Trump for removing or destroying records, obstruction of justice and violating the Espionage Act — which can include crimes beyond espionage, such as subpoenaing the national government upon request. Refusal to return security documents. Conviction under the laws can result in imprisonment or fines.
Republicans went crazy over Trump’s discovery. Now they look stupid.
This new information turns the Trump narrative — that he’s being treated worse than anyone in American history — on its head. Imagine what would have happened to a low-level government employee who was suspected of taking highly classified documents without authorization. I highly doubt the FBI would treat such a person as leniently as they have treated Trump. Anyone else caught with top-secret documents — and suspected of obstructing justice and violating the Espionage Act — would probably be in federal custody by now. Reality Wiener, a former National Security Agency contractor, was sentenced to more than five years in prison for leaking documents related to Russian interference in the 2016 election, far less sensitive than Trump is suspected of taking.
At present the situation seems to be confused. The former president’s old story has been rendered “unsustainable,” as Nixon’s press secretary Ron Ziegler used to say, and he needs a new one.
But the damage is done. The right’s hysterical, hyperbolic reaction has armed countless of their followers. On Thursday, an armed man was killed in a standoff with police after he tried to breach the FBI’s Cincinnati office. The gunman was apparently a prolific contributor to Trump’s truth social site. After the FBI search, a user with his name wrote that it was a “call to arms” and that “we must respond with force.”
Shovel’s view on the Donald Trump FBI raid
We are definitely not fans of Donald Trump – let’s make that clear from the start. But yesterday’s FBI raid on the former president’s home sets a dangerous precedent.
An example that now means anyone who evades taxes, tries to undermine elections, sexually exploits women, manipulates the value of their properties, uses state resources to enrich themselves. uses or aids and abets the overthrow of a democratically elected government, will be subject to investigation. .
Peter Wehner/The Atlantic:
Now they are calling for violence
Trump loyalists have reacted angrily to the search of the former president’s Mar-a-Lago residence.
Obviously, at this early stage, the responsible reaction to what the FBI did is to withhold judgment, to wait and see, to assess based on the facts and evidence as they are known. But such an approach is alien to the modern GOP. The whole incentive structure is to use language that is uncomfortable, combative, conspiratorial, even paranoid. This week has proven once again that there is no rhetorical line that Trump Republicans will not cross, no foreign accusations they will make. It’s all about one-upmanship now, each man trying to claim something more outlandish than the next.
This degradation of language comes at a considerable cost. George Orwell believed that political language matters because politics matters, and that the corruption of one leads to the corruption of the other. And in some cases, misuse of words can lead to political violence. We saw it on January 6, 2021. I fear we are getting closer to that. Some on the right—angry and flabbergasted, caught in a frenzy of unbridled outrage and big lies—apparently hope so. They are perpetually angry and hyper-motivated, convinced that they are in an existential struggle against an evil enemy.
In light of this, almost the entire Republican Party is egging him on. Based on no evidence at the moment, Republicans are promoting a narrative that this week’s events prove that the United States government and its main law enforcement agency are Nazi-like, corrupt at war with their own citizens. This can’t end well.
Nancy Pelosi to GOP: Stop ‘provocative attacks’ on law enforcement over FBI Trump raid“You would think there would be an adult in the Republican room who would say, ‘Just calm down, look at the facts,'” the speaker said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that former President Donald Trump and Republicans are fueling violence against law enforcement and public officials with their overheated rhetoric about the FBI’s search of Trump’s Florida home — and This needs to be stopped.
Asked if she was concerned about an increase in violence from Trump’s radical base of supporters, Pelosi said it was already happening.
“It’s definitely enhanced, if that’s the word,” he told Capitol Hill reporters. “Increased with its statements [former] President.”
“You would think there would be an adult Republican in the room who would say, ‘Just calm down, see what the facts are, and let’s get on with it,’ instead of attacking law enforcement again,” the House speaker said. . said
2 illuminating exchanges from House GOP on FBI’s Trump investigation
Many Republicans went out on a limb for Trump. The strength of that branch is to be tested – as a pair of exchanges gets stronger.
An unfortunate reality of our current political setup is that prominent figures can propagate their message in largely partisan silos where they will not be questioned. So when Republicans and conservative pundits advance unsubstantiated speculation that President Biden approved the Mar-a-Lago search warrant or that the FBI may have planted evidence — or simply claim that the search did anything about it. Power was abused unknowingly – unchallenged, it gripped large sections of the population.
But we’re starting to see the GOP called to account for remarkable faith, rather than blind investment in these talking points and Donald Trump’s actions. And on Friday, two exchanges stood out.
Nate Silver/Five Thirty-Eight:
Will it be a star* choice?
* It seems somewhat unusual for a president’s party to do well in the midterms.
If nothing else, Democratic voters have no shortage of motivation to turn out: Many feel as though their basic rights are being threatened, something voters of either party typically don’t care about. Not a concern when it controls both the President and Congress. The “enthusiasm gap” often accounts for much of the president’s party’s losses in the midterms, but it’s not clear that it exists this year after Roe was overturned.
All that said, Republicans are still pretty clear favorites to hold the House. In particular, President Biden remains quite unpopular despite a slight improvement in his approval ratings, while FDR, JFK, Clinton and GWB were all popular during their midterms. The public still has a very negative view of the economy and the direction the country is headed, and overcoming this is usually tough for the party in power.
But the circumstances of these midterms are also potentially unusual, with high uncertainty, and so Democrats holding the House is a conceivable outcome.