Ahead of this afternoon’s court hearing, Donald Trump has preemptively leaked his copy of the DOJ/FBI search warrant of Mar-a-Lago to Breitbart, in an apparent attempt at letting the right wing propaganda site place the most positive spin on it possible. But even Breitbart’s attempt at a sunny characterization of the warrant points to huge trouble for Trump.
The warrant reveals that the seizure of classified documents from Trump’s home is part of a DOJ investigation into Trump for violating section 793 of the Espionage Act, along with obstruction and other crimes. This is obviously huge news, but when placed within proper context, it gets even uglier for Trump.
This presumably means that the DOJ went to a federal judge and revealed that it was investigating Donald Trump for violating the Espionage Act, and the judge reviewed the relevant evidence and concluded that Trump was more likely guilty than not, and then signed the warrant.
It looks like Trump’s last ditch stunt of preemptively leaking the warrant to his pals at Breitbart didn’t help him any. Either Trump and his legal team didn’t understand how bad the reference to Section 793 was, or Breitbart didn’t selectively edit what it was supposed to selectively edit. Oops.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that this is in addition to the DOJ’s fairly well documented criminal probe into Donald Trump’s fake elector scheme and attempt at overthrowing the 2020 election. That’s right, espionage is just one of the major crimes that Trump is under federal criminal investigation for. This is just getting started.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report