When the news broke on Thursday that Donald Trump had workers move boxes of classified documents around Mar-a-Lago the day before the FBI searched the place, most observers interpreted this to mean that Trump was trying to hide the documents before the search.
But here’s the thing. Trump would have had no possible way to know the search was coming the very next day, as it was a surprise search. He wouldn’t have been privy to such secrets. On the other hand, it’s been widely reported that the DOJ cultivated cooperating assets within Mar-a-Lago before the search. If anything, they may have tipped off the DOJ that Trump’s people were moving classified documents around that day, and the DOJ may have decided to immediately go in the next day. Ot maybe it all was just a coincidence. Sometimes that happens.
In any case, before much longer, none of this kind of speculation is going to matter. There will be no need to try to fill in the gaps of what all we don’t know about this DOJ classified documents probe. Trump’s own lawyers reminded us of this when they warned Trump on Thursday that they believe Jack Smith is going to indict him “soon” for his classified documents. After all, once the indictment happens, we’ll all get to find out what the missing pieces in this investigation were.
That’s right, none of what’s happened here is really a mystery – at least not to Jack Smith and the DOJ. At this late stage of an investigation this comprehensive, they’ve pieced together just about every single thing that transpired in this scandal. And it’ll all be in the indictment. Well, most of it.
In case this sensitive, involving so much highly classified information, parts of the indictment will surely be redacted. The DOJ won’t be able to tell us everything it knows about which specific documents Trump stole, what information they contained, or even who all Trump might have given that information to. After all, there are national security concerns involved here.
But while we may not get the entire picture, we’re about to get the big picture. The indictment text will spell out everything that really happened in this scandal, and how this investigation has really played out. This means that Donald Trump’s indictment won’t just have the effect of bringing Trump to justice. It’ll also have the side effect of letting us in on what’s really been going on all this time behind the scenes.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report