Even as Donald Trump tries making absurd legal filings that aren’t going to help him, the DOJ is now two weeks into processing the classified documents it seized from Trump’s home. Trump could be indicted tomorrow or next year, but the point is that we’re on indictment watch. And now a new detail has surfaced which helps ensure Trump is indeed going down.
Last night the New York Times reported that after the Feds asked Donald Trump to return the classified documents in late 2021, he personally went through the boxes of documents, and decided to return some of them but not others. Check out what the legal experts have to say:
Late last year, Donald Trump went through the government records at Mar-a-Lago himself, before turning some over — and keeping many others.
At that point, his possession of those records went irrevocably from mistake (if it ever was) to deliberate intentional choice. Guilty.
— Tristan Snell (@TristanSnell) August 23, 2022
You know what’s missing from Trump’s lengthy filing today? WHY HE TOOK THE DOCS, WHY HE DIDN’T RETURN THEM ALL AND LIED AND SAID HE DID, AND WHAT HE WAS DOING WITH THEM.
— Andrew Weissmann (weissmann11 on Threads)🌻 (@AWeissmann_) August 22, 2022
This new revelation overwhelmingly wipes out any reasonable doubt argument that Trump could have made about not having understood that the documents were classified when he took them, or claiming that staffers stole the documents and put them in his basement without his knowledge. Even if those things were true, they stopped being relevant once the Feds informed Trump that he was in illegal possession of the documents, and he looked over the documents but decided not to give some of them back.
It’ll be interesting to eventually learn who in Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago orbit is giving up these details to the media and to the Feds. It could be anyone from a family member, to a visiting Republican politician, to a building employee. But it has to be someone close enough to Trump to have witnessed him rummaging through boxes of classified documents in his basement. No wonder Trump tried so hard to get the name unsealed of whoever is cooperating against him. Trump wants to know who has sent him to prison.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report