Ex-White House Aide: Trump’s Declassified Documents Had to Do With ‘Russiagate’

From theepochtimes.com

A former top Department of Defense official, Kash Patel, said the FBI may have taken documents relating to the Russia–Trump collusion investigation.

Amid a tussle between Trump and the National Archives, Patel said in a recent interview that documents that were stored at Mar-a-Lago marked as classified were declassified when he left office. Federal officials will have a difficult time proving that those documents were not declassified, he said.

“The bottom line was he said this information has to get out to the American public,” Patel told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published on Sunday morning. Patel said he did not know what was in the boxes that FBI agents took from Trump’s home.

“It had to do with Russiagate. It had to do with the Hillary email scandal. It had to do with a whole lot of other stuff. And [Trump] said, ‘This is all declassified,’” Patel remarked, challenging a central claim made by the Justice Department that urgent action had to be taken because sensitive material was at risk.

So far, neither the Department of Justice nor the FBI has offered a public explanation about why the FBI agents targeted a former president’s home or what they were looking for. The Epoch Times has contacted the DOJ and FBI for comment.

A warrant and property receipt that were unsealed more than a week ago by U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart showed that agents took 11 boxes of allegedly classified documents, although it’s not clear what those documents entailed. The warrant showed Trump was being probed for possible Espionage Act violations and obstruction of justice.

Republicans, Trump, and some media outlets have called for the DOJ’s affidavit—a legal document that would explain why the agency sought an FBI search warrant—to be released. During a hearing last week, Reinhart ordered the DOJ to submit the affidavit with proposed redactions, which he would then review before he would consider releasing the document to the public.

More Details

Trump posted on Truth Social on Aug. 18 that he declassified a range of documents relating to the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation. At the same time, Trump and Patel have said that the former president had a standing declassification order.

“The president is the ultimate classification authority, so if he says it or writes it, it’s declassified,” Patel, who hosts “Kash’s Corner” for EpochTV, told the WSJ.

A day before Trump left office, on Jan. 19, 2021, he issued a memo declassifying Crossfire Hurricane materials, which have still not been made public. The former president highlighted an archived version of the memo on Truth Social last week.

“I determined that the materials in [a Crossfire Hurricane] binder should be declassified to the maximum extent possible. In response, and as part of the iterative process of the declassification review, under a cover letter dated January 17, 2021, the Federal Bureau of Investigation noted its continuing objection to any further declassification of the materials in the binder,” Trump wrote in January 2021.

The former president also said, “I hereby declassify the remaining materials in the binder. This is my final determination under the declassification review and I have directed the Attorney General to implement the redactions proposed in the FBI’s January 17 submission and return to the White House an appropriately redacted copy.”

While the Crossfire Hurricane investigation was launched in July 2016 to investigate claims of Russian interference in the election, special counsel Robert Mueller years later concluded that the investigation found no evidence showing Trump or his campaign coordinated with Moscow to sway the election.

The Crossfire Hurricane probe was based, in part, on a series of notes and memos concocted by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele—known collectively as the “Steele dossier”—while he was performing opposition research for a third party on behalf of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and Democrats. A number of allegations in his dossier have since been discredited by the FBI and other groups.

It comes as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said the FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort was a “fishing expedition” for the House Jan. 6 committee.

In remarks on his podcast on Aug. 17, Cruz said that the bureau was looking for documents related to the Capitol breach on Jan. 6, 2021. He did not provide any specific evidence for the statement.

“What is really distressing now looking at the warrant and what they were searching for, this was a fishing expedition,” Cruz said on his podcast “Verdict with Ted Cruz.”

“I think it had little to nothing to do with classified documents, what this was about was January 6. What this was about was the FBI and [the Department of Justice] wanting to send in a team to say let’s grab every piece of paper we can find and maybe we’ll get something incriminating,” Cruz added. “It’s not new for law enforcement to try to find a hook,” the senator said. SOURCE

SERIOUSLY??

RUSSIAGATE AND KILLARY?? And who knows……maybe there are incriminating documents about Killary that the LEFT is desperately trying to cover up – perhaps about Clinton and Putin?

They are SO desperate.

How Can I Be Saved?

MARANATHA!

Attempts to Prosecute Trump ‘Not Prudential’ and Will Backfire, Legal Experts Say

From theepochtimes.com

The manifold legal moves undertaken against former President Donald Trump, including the FBI’s Aug. 8 raid on his home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, the Jan. 6 hearings, and the investigation of his business dealings led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, break from long-established protocol about not prosecuting presidents after they leave office and are likely to benefit Trump’s standing among supporters in the long term, legal experts say.

“As a legal matter, none of these various investigations will keep Trump off the ballot. I don’t see it as possible that Trump will be disqualified. The only thing that can keep Trump out of the White House will be the voters,” Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law Houston, told The Epoch Times.

As anticipation grows over a possible 2024 run for reelection, a flurry of legal developments have occurred in recent weeks, including the raid at the start of last week; Trump’s arrival in New York two days later to take part in a deposition concerning his business dealings; an order by the district attorney of Fulton County, Georgia, ordering former New York City mayor and Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani to appear before a grand jury looking into claims that Trump sought to overturn the results of the 2020 election; and a judge’s order on Aug. 18 that part of the affidavit providing a basis for the search warrant used in the Mar-a-Lago raid could be unsealed.

During the New York deposition, one of the latest steps in a years-long civil suit led by James that has also included subpoenas directed at Donald Trump, Jr., and Ivanka Trump, the former president pled his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Given that James’s campaign against the former president is a civil rather than a criminal investigation, the consequences of the Mar-a-Lago raid and the Jan. 6 hearings are potentially of far more significance for Trump and his expected reelection bid, experts say. A great deal more evidence concerning the Mar-a-Lago raid and Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents is also still expected to come to light, making assessments of the legal basis for the raid premature at this juncture.

But the Constitution clearly sets forth the requirements for a U.S. president—a minimum age of 35, and having been born in America and lived in the country for at least 14 years—and Trump obviously meets these requirements, which no one has the legal authority to change arbitrarily, experts note.

Based on the facts now known, the recent moves against the former president are unlikely to damage his reelection bid and may ironically have the effect of motivating undecided voters who find the efforts to prosecute unseemly and not in keeping with traditional approaches to dealing with ex-presidents, they say.

Local law enforcement officers in front of the home of former U.S. President Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., on Aug. 9, 2022. (Giorgio Viera/AFP via Getty Images)

The Government’s Case

The Mar-a-Lago raid purportedly sought to retrieve documents that federal authorities had requested for months without success. According to a receipt listunsealed on Aug. 12, federal agents seized 11 sets of documents with classified markings or that were confidential or secret.

The raid proceeded on the basis of a longstanding attitude on the part of federal law enforcement that sees the presidency in terms of two separate frameworks, Akram Faizer, a professor of law at the Duncan School of Law at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, told The Epoch Times.

“There’s the president, who is a person serving for four to eight years, and then there’s the office of the president that continues in perpetuity after the president leaves office. And it’s not fully resolved, but I believe that the government’s understanding is that even after a president leaves office, the documents he has are those of the presidency of the United States, not his own. There are good reasons for that,” Faizer commented.

The reasons have to do with the safeguarding of sensitive and classified information whose public accessibility would not serve American interests. Here, the reasons for the government’s stance rest on a substantial body of past protocol, Faizer argued. Faizer cited the historical example of the Cuban Missile Crisis, in which then-President John F. Kennedy, Jr., persuaded Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to withdraw Russian missiles from Cuba partly through quid-pro-quo negotiations that included an offer to pull U.S. Jupiter missiles from Turkey and Italy, Faizer said. But the content of these negotiations did not immediately come to light and is still not widely known. They were made available to scholars more than three decades later.

“The Kennedy administration never disclosed it publicly, and I don’t think any subsequent administrations publicly disclosed it as a matter of U.S. policy. Their explanation was that the missiles were getting old and had to be replaced. But the reality is that we withdraw them, and that’s important for the office of the presidency. We didn’t want to be seen as undermining an ally, or to convey publicly to the world that we were willing to take a haircut on Turkey’s security or our own security,” Faizer said.

Having said that, the law with regard to the status of classified information is still not fully settled, Faizer acknowledged. From this point of view, Trump’s claims to have unilaterally declassified certain of the documents cannot be dismissed, he said.

“The law is kind of open-ended as to whether a president can declassify information. The administrative agencies under the president’s control have procedures to declassify, but I think that is not governed by statute but by executive order,” Faizer said.

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Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally Casper, Wyoming, on May 28, 2022. (Chet Strange/Getty Images)

A Former DOJ Lawyer’s View

In agreement with Faizer about the latitude given to presidents and the authority of executive orders is H. Jefferson Powell, a professor of law at Duke University and a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice.

“The actual classification system itself stems from presidential powers. And while administrative law does limit the president’s discretion, it does so mostly through process. The president has the power to do it, the president has the power to undo it,” Powell told The Epoch Times.

“On the other hand, presidents can be bound by administrative rules that govern the exercise of their executive power, and presidents are regularly bound by statutes that tell them they may do or not do something. There are procedures that must be followed, and the president can’t simply wave a magic wand to make it go away,” Powell added.

“But in the absence of procedural limits, the president can simply say, ‘I’m the source of the classification and I’m removing it in this case,’” he continued.

Statutes of Limitations

If Trump took action to declassify the documents while still in office, there may not be much that the Justice Department can do, Powell suggested. It is hard from a legal standpoint to go after a former president for anything he did while in office, as some have sought to do for Trump’s alleged disclosure of confidential information concerning the Islamic State to a Russian foreign minister and ambassador during a White House meeting in 2017, said Powell.

“Russia is a hostile power, and I don’t have any problem with the notion that it is an impeachable offense to compromise American national security. But that ship has sailed. There’s no current practical question about whether Trump might have committed an impeachable offense while in office,” Powell continued.

Given these realities, Faizer thinks it highly unlikely, based on the facts now known, that the Mar-a-Lago raid will result in a prosecution and interfere with or prevent a 2024 run.

“I don’t think there’s enough to prosecute Trump. For a prosecution, there has to be some intent to criminality, and I don’t see that there. If Merrick Garland wants to prosecute somebody, he has to get a unanimous jury, crystal clear. That’s hard to do even when someone does something wrong,” Faizer said.

“If you and I had those documents squirreled away in our apartments, then we could be prosecuted, but we’re not the president or former president of the United States,” he added.

Prudential Considerations 

In addition to the difficulties in achieving unanimity among jurors, the question stands as to whether pursuing a former president on such grounds is good form. In Faizer’s view, the political consequences are likelier to play into Trump’s hand than those of his enemies.

“It’s a good thing that, in our country’s history, typically former presidents are left alone. Former presidents are often opposed to the political agendas of their successors. For example, Barack Obama was very anti-Trump, and Trump has been very vocally hostile to President Biden, too,” Faizer said.

“You don’t want the United States to be like Brazil or Pakistan, where once you’re out of office, they put you in jail. It argues against a peaceful transition of power. How do you unanimously convict a man who got 75 million votes? That’s a pretty tall order,” he added.

Powell concurred with Faizer that going after a former president will give the appearance of impropriety and will not sit well with many of the voters who will ultimately decide what happens in 2024 and beyond.

“Did the former president say certain things and disclose information that he shouldn’t have? That’s a constitutional and legal question, but it’s a different kind of question. Those are both separate from the prudential decision about how to run the Department of Justice or the administration. There are things that might otherwise be appropriate that you might not do because it creates a sense in many people that power is being abused,” Powell said.

“You can’t do your job properly if you are constantly not assuming good faith on the part of policymakers. I read a lot of journals where people make statements [about the issue here]. All I know is that I hope Merrick Garland gave full weight to the prudential reasons not to execute a search warrant,” he added.

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New York State Attorney General Letitia James gives a speech as she participates in a protest in Foley Square, after the leak of a draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito preparing for a majority of the court to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision later this year, in New York City on May 3, 2022. (Reuters/Jeenah Moon)

Political Motives? 

The civil litigation underway against Trump in New York, which is driven by allegations that Trump and his business associates practiced accounting fraud and misstated the value of assets for financial gain, in reality, has self-serving motives of its own, Michael Alcazar, a professor in the Department of Law, Political Science, and Criminal Justice at CUNY, told The Epoch Times.

“Letitia James’s civil suit appears to be politically motivated. A successful case against former President Trump would be a big boon for her career and her current bid for reelection,” Alcazar said.

“It seems evident to everyone but James that pursuing this case would be futile since Trump exercised his Fifth Amendment rights. Experts believe that without Trump’s testimony, there is no meat to her civil case,” he continued.

In Alcazar’s view, James sees Trump as a political enemy and the civil suit is a means of keeping a hostile media spotlight on the former president during the run-up to November 2024.

James may well push ahead with the litigation, but Trump’s lawyers are likely to disavow that their client had knowledge of how financial institutions undertook valuations for Trump’s real estate, Alcazar predicted.

“This will protect their client from a lawsuit from the attorney general,” he said.

The Epoch Times has reached out to the Justice Department and James’s office for comment. SOURCE

MAY GOD’S WILL BE DONE!

HOW CAN I BE SAVED?

MARANATHA!

What is Biden administration trying to tell us with its recent violent actions against nonviolent Americans and hiring of 87K militarized IRS agents?

From leohohmann.com

By now you’ve seen the federal government’s classy help-wanted ads seeking new recruits for the Internal Revenue Service.

The list of qualifications is quite interesting.

These recruits must be willing to carry a firearm and “use deadly force, if necessary.” And not just any firearm. As you’ll see later in this article, they want to impress you with a grand display of shock and awe.

I’m not sure how often your typical IRS agent faces scenarios that require them to fire on a fellow American with deadly force, but apparently the Biden administration anticipates this being a more frequent occurrence than in the past.

Why else would they need 87,000 new IRS employees while ordering another 750,000 rounds of ammunition on top of the millions of rounds already in their possession?

Hard-working Americans have many reasons for falling behind on their taxes but drawing the attention of militarized “special agents” and preparing for a shootout with them is not typically one of them. 

In fact, let me be straight-up honest right now. If I fall on hard times and can’t afford to pay my taxes, you can file a lien and whatever legal papers are necessary to take my house, but please guys, leave your AR-15s and your .40 caliber Smith and Wessons back at the office.

According to the recruitment ad, agents must “be willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.”

Below is a screenshot of the ad, which was taken down after it started causing a stir among the proles, who were apparently never supposed to see it. Or, maybe we were.

In the three-month period between March 1 and June 1, 2022, the criminal division of the IRS ordered $696,000 in ammunition, the IRS told VERIFY in an email.

In a 2018 report, the IRS disclosed that it spent an average of $675,000 on ammunition per year over the previous seven years, so they are definitely stepping up their game.

I think there’s more to this story so let’s dig a little deeper, beyond the not-very-polite recruitment ads and the bulk ammo purchases.

We’re not just talking about IRS agents carrying sidearms to protect themselves in the rare instance that some deranged person snaps and comes running out of his house with a knife or gun. No, IRS agents also have access to and are trained in semi-automatic rifles and tactical shotguns. Note that these are the same “assault weapons” that the Biden administration wants to ban us from having.

So at the same time they’re trying to disarm us, they are arming federal tax collectors to the teeth with “military grade” weapons, as they like to call them when they’re in the hands of law-abiding American citizens.

When they knock on your door, they apparently no longer come with calculators and notepads to show you your tax bill but with a cold-steel barrel ready to burn hot.

How do we know they are up to no good? How do we know that it’s more about displaying the raw power of the almighty state than it is about collecting back taxes?

We know because it’s all spelled out right in their annual report. They’re not hiding it. The recent recruitment ads just confirm what we already thought about the growing unchecked power of the federal behemoth.

The IRS 2021 annual report contains a section that shows heavily armed agents simulating an attack on a suburban home at a law enforcement training facility in Brunswick, Georgia.

IRS-CI special agents simulate armed assault on suburban home – Photo from IRS 2021 Annual Report
RS-CI Special Agents Firearms Training – IRS 2021 Annual Report

According to the report, these IRS agents are “among the most highly trained financial investigators in the world.”

All newly hired IRS special agents will be put through an 11-week Criminal Investigator Training Program, or CITP, run by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, where they learn firearms training and other law enforcement tactics.

“CITP covers topics common to all federal law enforcement agents, including basic criminal investigation skills, federal criminal law, courtroom procedures, enforcement operations, interviewing skills, and firearms training,” the IRS report states.

IRS agent fires a tactical shotgun at RS-CI Special Agents Firearms Training – Photo/IRS 2021 Annual Report

No, this isn’t your grandfather’s IRS.

The annual report continues:

“It also provides physical fitness conditioning and use of force training, which includes firearms, weaponless tactics, and building entry,” the annual report reads. 

IRS-CI Special Agents Building Entry Training at Phoenix Field Office – Photo/IRS 2021 Annual Report

Can you see what’s going on here?

This is part of a plan to militarize and weaponize yet another agency of the federal government. And while the IRS is being weaponized, it’s about to get a whole lot bigger.

The alarming job description in those recruitment ads comes as the agency gets funding from Congress to hire 87,000 new agents after the U.S. Senate approved the Inflation Reduction Act on a party-line vote, with Kamala Harris being the tie-breaker. Within this radical bill is $80 billion for the IRS to more than double in size and extend its abilities to carry out raids on American homes.

IRS-CI Special Agents Firearms Training – Photo/IRS 2021 Annual Report

The IRS annual report states that “IRS:CI special agents receive regular refresher training. They attend quarterly training in firearms, defensive tactics, and building entry…Through frequent use of force training, they maintain their skills and abilities to ensure good judgement and to apply the appropriate degree of force necessary to safely carry out enforcement activities, including issuing search warrants, arrests, surveillance, dignitary protection, undercover activities, and seizures.”

So now we know they are not only into kicking down doors and shooting people but also spying on us with “surveillance” and “undercover activities.”

You can read the entire 49-page IRS 2021 annual report here.

Under President Obama, almost every federal agency, including non-law enforcement agencies like the IRS, SBA, EPA, HHS, the Forestry Service, the Railroad Retirement Board, etc., went on a bullet-buying binge. The preferred handgun bullet of many of these agencies is the 10mm hollow-point round, the kind of round our troops would have wanted in Afghanistan but which are so lethal they have been outlawed in warfare by the Geneva Convention.

As a 2017 article by Forbes magazine concluded, “After grabbing legal power, federal bureaucrats are amassing firepower. It’s time to scale back the federal arsenal.”

So Biden is just picking up where Obama left off. I wish it were not so but this administration gives us no reason not to assume the worst possible motives for these recruitment ads, for their vicious training of agents and their bulk buying of weapons and ammunition.

And let’s not forget that just last summer, in August 2021, we caught the U.S. Army National Guard advertising on its website for detention specialists to guard “detention/internment” camps. A slightly modified, less threatening sounding version of that same recruitment ad is still up at the U.S. Army website, by the way. You can see it here.

Makes you wonder, what’s the federal government got planned for us?

Now, for a little perspective, because nothing happens in a vacuum.

Attorney General Merrick Garland confirmed that he personally approved the FBI raid at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate.

Here he is speaking at a press briefing Thursday. Toward the end, he gets noticeably angry when lurching into a tirade about the “integrity” of the FBI and DOJ.

Integrity? What integrity? This is an agency that bashed down the door of Roger Stone in the middle of the night and brought him out in shackles, an elderly man with his cancer-stricken wife who owned no firearms.

This is the same FBI that arrested Peter Navarro at an airport and led him away in leg irons. Again, he was a frail elderly man who presented no physical threat, unarmed at an airport.

They also raided the home of a home-school mom in Colorado earlier this year, bursting in with high-powered rifles and scaring her children half to death. The woman’s only crime was that she had questioned the integrity of Colorado’s elections and was an outspoken mother at local school board meetings.

This is an agency that also helped a group of men plot the fake kidnapping of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, then lied about it.

This is the same agency that sent agents provocateur, dirtbags like Ray Epps, into the January 6 crowd and incited them to enter the Capitol, then lied about it.

So spare us your fake outrage, Mr. Garland.

This man is delusional. This entire administration is delusional. If the FBI and DOJ had any integrity whatsoever, they would not be applying one standard to Donald Trump and another to Hillary Clinton, who made off with hundreds of classified documents and never looked back. It would also not be sitting on Hunter Biden’s laptop, which we know is full of incriminating evidence of dirty business deals in China and Ukraine, as well as sexual deviance that would make Hugh Hefner blush.

As Joy Pullman notes in a column written pre-Mar-A-Lago:

“In Michigan, the FBI openly meddled in the upcoming election by affecting the selection of candidates, arresting and charging the formerly leading Republican candidate for governor for misdemeanors. The FBI raided Ryan Kelley’s home while polls showed him leading the primaries. In the primary election last week, he came in fourth.”

After the raid on Trump’s home, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was quick to offer her two cents, stating that “No person is above the law.” 

Please.

No person, except Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, Crooked Hillary, Lois Lerner, BLM, Antifa, George Soros, Pelosi herself, and the list goes on.

Until Mr. Garland’s agency moves on the Hunter Biden laptop and digs into Hunter’s comment about “10 percent for the big guy,” we don’t want to hear any lectures about “blind justice” or the professionalism of the FBI. They are nothing but political hacks and have a long track record, not of integrity, but of corruption. Some of the most rank and vile corruption this country has ever seen.

As for those 87,000 new IRS agents: You had better train hard. Real hard. Because although we patriots tell people, on this site and many others, to be peaceful and not do anything unlawful, we will defend our homes and our property against these kinds of violent attacks.

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It is NO Mystery Why the DOJ and FBI Raided Trump’s Home

The Deep State Swamp Monsters – the World Economic Forum (WEF – Klaus Schwab) the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals GOONS – George Soros and ALL GLOBALISTS Including Vanguard and Black Rock (both banking institutions run our world ) have worked hard to bring down America and establish a Globalist U.S. which is NOT a power with which the rest of the world must contend.

With Creepy Joe Biden at the helm, these Globalist Mobsters can rest assured that America will comply with them.

With Donald Trump potentially at the helm in 2024, the Globalists will be silenced once again, and they will slither back into the holes from whence they came.

When this falls through, many Conservative pundits are warning that an attempt to assassinate Trump could be the next move. Please pray for him and his family.

MARANATHA!