When the FBI carried out a search and seizure warrant at Donald Trump’s home last night, which appeared to include detailed information such as the location and contents of a safe, we pointed out that someone was perhaps cooperating against Trump. These details generally come from someone on the inside. But we also pointed out that very few people appear to have been involved in Trump’s classified documents scandal, thus severely limiting the possibilities of who might be cooperating.
Now the DOJ is moving forward again today in a big way, using a warrant to seize Rep. Scott Perry’s cellphone. This very much appears to be a part of the DOJ’s separate-tracked investigation into Trump’s election overthrow plot. These kinds of warrants aren’t easy to come by, and it suggests that someone is cooperating with the DOJ in both probes.
The DOJ tends to be very thorough about these things, so perhaps it’s managed to separately flip witnesses in both probes. But if this is all coming from the same witness – and the swift timing of these two moves suggests the two probes may now be operating as one big probe – there’s seemingly only one person who would have intimate inside knowledge of the election overthrow plot and the classified documents scandal. That person would be Mark Meadows.
So has Mark Meadows flipped on Trump or what? Keep in mind that if Meadows did flip, the DOJ would be strategically trying to keep it a secret for as long as possible, in the hope that Trump and others might continue to confide in Meadows. Such a cooperation deal won’t come out until there’s eventually a court filing, in relation to an indictment or something along those line, which forces the DOJ to show its hand. It may not be Meadows. It could be someone else entirely. But Meadows would very much seem to be the leading contender at this point.
Keep in mind that Mark Meadows already flipped on Donald Trump once, when he turned over a treasure trove of documents to the January 6th Committee that incriminated himself and Trump, before changing his mind. Meadows did later try to tamper with his own former aide Cassidy Hutchinson. But that failed, and she outed him for it. When criminal targets get caught doing something like tampering, that’s often when they conclude they have no way out, and they decide to flip. We’ll see.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report