What did they find at Mar-a-Lago?

Before we rush to judgment?

In reaction to the FBI search conducted Monday 08-08-22 at Mar-a-Lago, some Republicans are stamping their Always Trump cards by invoking banana republic justice.

Andrew McCarthy in National Review breaks it down:

The ostensible justification for the search of Donald Trump’s compound is his potentially unlawful retention of government records and mishandling of classified information. The real reason is the Capitol riot.

This was not a raid, in the sense of a lawless break-in. The FBI conducted a court-authorized search. For the FBI to have a search warrant, a federal prosecutor first had to write a search-warrant application, sworn to by an FBI agent, which convinced a federal judge that (a) one or more crimes probably occurred and (b) it was probable that evidence of those crimes would be found in the place the Justice Department was asking to search. …

President Trump’s departure from the White House was chaotic. … Trump was not planning to leave. When he agreed to do so, over a dozen boxes were haphazardly packed and shipped from the White House (in particular, the residence) to the Trump estate in Florida. It has long been reported that some of these boxes contained classified information.

The former president’s apparent violations of government records and classified information laws gave the DOJ the pretext it needed.

If Trump … were to be charged, the DOJ would in effect be saying that the evidence is overwhelming that Trump and his underlings knew the “stolen election” claims they were so aggressively pushing had absolutely no basis in fact or law — i.e., at some vague point, this “stop the steal” enterprise evolved from being just a bad legal theory into an actionable criminal fraud.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Too many Republicans are jumping like lemmings to a hasty judgment that Donald Trump could not possibly be guilty of a crime — his presidency was so successful. (Which it was). That’s like saying Bill Cosby’s comedy was so family friendly he couldn’t possibly have raped so many women. How about we suspend judgment until we get more facts? That’s the Werkes did until the guilty verdicts started rolling in after the January 6 insurrection and none of them blamed Antifa!

Can we at least wait a few days?

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57 Responses to What did they find at Mar-a-Lago?

  1. fritzderkat says:

    You’re writing about Trump again. 🙂

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    • Trump Legend says:

      Talk about being OBSESSED!! WE GET IT YOU HATE TRUMP! NOW GO BE THE CLOSET LIB BOOT LICKER WE ALL KNOW YOU TO BE!!

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    • Because he still won’t go away.

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      • Mark Lemberger says:

        Go away? He was at home with his family. How dare he!
        Remember when 16 black vehicles full of tactically armed and armored FBI agents broke into Alex Stone’s home his home in a dawn assault and he was home by noon on a signature bond?
        And CNN just happened to be set up on the front lawn to film the assault?
        What did they find at Mar A Lago? Anything they wanted to find.

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        • I believe you mean Roger, not Alex Stone. But Trump is never happy unless he is the center of attention. Why should Dave be the only one to NOT write about Trump? You are writing about Trump, everybody on this comment page is writing about Trump. As he continues to command attention, he will get it. And he will insure that Republicans will under perform as long as he stays on the scene, invigorating liberals to rally against him. They did so to elect Biden, and despite his horrible approval numbers, would likely do so again, if Trump runs in ’24. Right now, running against Trump looks like a sure thing for any warm body.

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  2. richard lesiak says:

    There you go again; trying to be the voice of reason. It will all fall on deaf ears.

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    • David Blaska says:

      That the Hildabeast’s Russian Collusion was a hoax does not negate Trump’s possible role in the January 6 seditious insurrection. Russian Collusion never happened; January 6 did. Follow me?

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      • blametheboomers85 says:

        What exactly happened on January 6th that makes it even close to an “insurrection”?

        Have you seen what happened in Sri Lanka lately?

        Or how about what nearly took place in Kazakstan (if it weren’t for actual Russian interference)?

        Those were insurrections.

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      • Mark Lemberger says:

        Does not negate is only a standard of proof to dictators.
        Same with show trials.

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      • Meade Laurence says:

        Did Mike Pence rush to passing judgement there? I realize you are one of the early and original Never(well maybe just this once)Trumpers but honestly would it kill you to say something right now? Anything? Perhaps a word or 15 in defense of the constitution? How about this: Kevin Clinesmith did a bad thing. Just blink twice if you don’t disagree. Thanks. Your friend (still), Meade

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        • David Blaska says:

          I’ve been all over the Hildabeast’s Russian collusion hoax and you know that. The Justice Department had to obtain a search warrant from the judicial branch of government. It had to show cause and submit an affidavit justifying the search. That affidavit will be made public eventually. All in accordance with the prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure. Trump know what they were after and knows right now what they took because they gave him an itemized list. Maybe you don’t need to see it but some of us would like to, please? Are you saying that Donald Trump is above the law? Please cite the Constitution for your claim.

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        • Meade Laurence says:

          “Are you saying that Donald Trump is above the law? Please cite the Constitution for your claim.”

          We are all equal before the law and are entitled to due process. That right is largely spelled out in the 5th amendment to the Constitution. But you know that, David. Still, I recommend re-reading it from time to time. Government was seen to be necessary for the benefits of The People, not for the benefit of Government—which was to be strictly limited so that we can enjoy lives of freedom and liberty. But yeah, the 5th amendment. Due process. For all—even individuals you and I might not like and yes, that includes Donald J. Trump who you seem to be damn sure is guilty of leading an insurrection. Is he not entitled to due process? Is he guilty until proven innocent? Are you sure you haven’t rushed to pass judgment?

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      • This isn’t being presented for debate, just for information.

        Let me interject some actual facts for everyone to think critically about.

        1. Sedition: conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.

        2. If the riot at the capitol had not happened shortly after President Trump’s speech no one would be saying that the speech was seditious.

        3. Consequentialism: the doctrine that the morality of an action is to be judged solely by its consequences.

        4. Using the word sedition or incitement to describe President Trump’s constitutionally protected free speech on January 6th is pure consequentialism.

        5. Correlation ≠ Causation

        If anyone doesn’t fully understand why President Trump’s speech on January 6th is not sedition and is constitutionally protected free speech should watch the following legal seminar from a life long Democrat and constitutional scholar Alan Dershowitz. This is really important information for everyone, it’s only a 25:30 minute seminar, please watch the entire seminar segment. The segment from 25:30-42:00 minutes is a general question and answer segment most of which is irrelevant to the seminar topic.

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  3. Scott F says:

    “ For the FBI to have a search warrant, a federal prosecutor first had to write a search-warrant application, sworn to by an FBI agent, which convinced a federal judge that (a) one or more crimes probably occurred and (b) it was probable that evidence of those crimes would be found in the place the Justice Department was asking to search. …”.

    And where have we seen this before?

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  4. BIDENISACRIMINAL says:

    You think this Trump Hunt being orchestrated by the Garland Gestapo n Biden SS is CRIMINAL CORRUPTION WAIT TIL THEY STICK THE 87000 IRS BROWN SHIRTS ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE..

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  5. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    Yes, this will play out…however:

    It was heavy-handed, an unprecedented abuse of power, and the optics are absolutely horrendous; right up there with the Former Serial Sexual Predator In Chief juuuuuust happening upon Loretta Lynch on a 110°F/43.3°C Sky Harbor International tarmac.

    *DementiaJoKe claims he knew nothing about it, being as Alzheimer-Addled as he is, one could make that case.
    *Klain’s’ filthy fingerprints are all over this, Harris is too stupid to do anything other than what she’s told.
    *If the moderate Garland went rogue, he’ll be in a world of hurt.
    *The only sucker they can get to issue the search warrant is a Hopeless Changey LUVin’ Magistrate (?) who spent a decade defending Jeffy Epstein’s perv enablin’ pilots?
    *That they chose to bring in a Yegg to bust the safe open on premises when they could have easily confiscated it has a very bad smell to it.

    These people must think that the Garden Variety despicable Lefty base is dominated by epically gullible halfwits; welp…they’re finally right about something!

    The Gotch

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  6. One eye says:

    To be honest, Hoffa’s body parts could be anywhere. So I’m going to grant the FBI some leeway here.

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  7. Bill Cleary says:

    So I have these questions. Biden got elected in November of 2020. He took office in January of 2021. My questions are these: Why did it take our government so long to determine that Trump took classified documents out of the White House as he was leaving in January of 2021?

    That was 19 months ago.

    Between the alphabet soup of agencies that have access to the White House, how could such a breach of protocol and secure document handling happen? Wouldn’t you think the Biden admin. would want to know if they had access to all the information Trump did? I could see one or two documents, but it sounds like there were 15 boxes full of classified documents that Trump took with him.

    I work for a health care organization in Madison. Only those who need to have direct access to your health care information have access to it. This is very closely monitored by our corporate security and our I.T. dept. (If I, as a person who does not provide health care ever intentionally looked at your PHI, I would be fired Immediately. No Exceptions!). Plus we have outside agencies come in and audit the security of confidential health care information to make sure we are not blindsided by someone getting PHI or protected health information that does not pertain to them directly.

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  8. A few of things to consider when discussing this FBI raid, yes a search and seizure by armed FBI agents is considered a type of raid, accept that reality.

    1) The FBI obtaining warrants related to Donald Trump has got a terrible record to date.

    2) Something to consider when thinking about this situation is this; classification authority belongs to the president of the United States — and NOT to bureaucrats at the National Archives. That said; if the President of the United States at the time (President Trump) says that something is no longer classified then the authority of the office dictates that it’s no longer classified, period. If this happened with the documents that President Trump removed from the White House then the warrant to search Mar-a-Lago would be invalid because it was obtained under false pretenses and the search and seizure of anything from the Mar-a-Lago home would be illegal. It doesn’t make legal sense that they would have jumped to a search warrant when the next logical step to get what they wanted would have been a subpoena; something is afoot.

    I don’t know all the details of this whole thing and I completely agree that we should wait for all the facts.

    Side note about nomenclature. You want to call January 6th an insurrection as if it’s was some big conspiracy of armed people trying to literally take over the government and I want to call it a riot, who is right and who is wrong? The answer is a matter of opinion except for the fact that I know for sure that there is factual evidence to support my use of the word riot but I don’t know for sure that there is factual evidence to support the word insurrection

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    • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

      Well put, Steve!

      And of course “something is afoot”.

      These are despicably detestable Lefties…it’s what they do!

      The Gotch

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    • you all dismiss the fact that this all started with a grand jury. well before warrents and the raid.

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      • richard lesiak wrote, “you all dismiss the fact…”

        Now exactly where did a Karnack the all knowing mind-reader like you get the notion that I’m dismissing anything? Please be very specific in your reply.

        I’ll hold my breath…

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        • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

          Steve; aside from an embarrassing inability to spell, the Blogge Idiot is incapable of posting anything he didn’t read on some Lefty moron (forgive the redundancy) site.

          HuffBLOW, the Washington COMPost, the NYT, Slate, et al, are desperately trying to run interference for the wildly popular DementiaJoke administration and its (heh!) legally sound, Keystone Kop DoJ; their shockingly imbecilic following are nothing more than Useful Idiots.

          The Gotch

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        • Cornelius_Gotchberg wrote, “aside from an embarrassing inability to spell, the Blogge Idiot is incapable of posting anything he didn’t read on some Lefty moron (forgive the redundancy) site.”

          That may be true but I think he might have had a few too many boilermakers over at Nig’s Bar this morning. He really shouldn’t drink his lunch and stumble those two blocks home, this is what can happen. Maybe he should get a breathalyzer to prevent him from turning on his computer and smart phone when he’s had too much and thus preventing him from writing the ignorant garbage that rolls off the end of his fingertips – just an idea to make the world a better place.

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        • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

          “That may be true but I think he might have had a few too many boilermakers over at Nig’s Bar this morning.”

          That, a manifestation of The Gotch’s Razor, or likely both…

          The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          If you look at my post you will see that it wasn’t directed to you. But; pompous blowhard is.

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        • richard lesiak wrote, “If you look at my post you will see that it wasn’t directed to you. But; pompous blowhard is.”

          LIAR!!!

          It’s way too easy to prove over and over again that you’re a liar. The red circle in the screen capture below is specifically identifying who you were replying to, you were replying to me and you’re a f’ing liar.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      “The time of honoring yourself will soon be over.” Gladiator

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  9. Jon Burack says:

    McCarthy’s analysis makes sense. In that the records bit is a dodge and they really want to see what else they can find. However, if they do not find something very juicy and relevant, this will blow sky high. Who knows? But I have to think if the Jan. 6 Committee itself has not discovered any smoking gun on Trump’s person, is it likely Trump still has one lying around his house? This strikes me as a desperation move. But we shall see.

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    • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

      “This strikes me as a desperation move.”

      Yup!

      Another possibility? The Donald, et al, leaked something and deftly set them up like Paul Newman’s Michael Gallagher did to the wallowing-in-prosecutorial-misconduct/overreach FL Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Absence Of Malice; a (IMO) GREAT flick, if you haven’t seen it.

      The Gotch

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  10. blametheboomers85 says:

    Complete failure to see the big picture.

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  11. AdamC says:

    This is Political Retribution and there ought to be major payback when the GOP is back in control. They didn’t even do this to Nixon, mainly because they didn’t consider him to have a political future.

    If they found anything it would have been leaked all over the media. If they find nothing incriminating (likely) this could have future repercussions that the Dems may not like at all.

    Again, as I have said before, you or I may not like it but the Trump Effect seems to have come roaring back. Tonight’s Wisconsin GOP governor primary result is only the latest in a long list of examples. Michels can credit his win to Trump and that massive rally in Waukesha (Kleefisch country) last weekend. I thought she was going to win but that turnout was the 1st time I considered that Michels might come from behind to win it, sure enough he just did.

    Political overreach and using power for political retribution may be fun in the short term for the libs but let’s see how much fun they have in November and in 2024.

    If the GOP wins the Wisconsin governor race this fall they need to take a sledgehammer to government-run schools, implement unlimited Statewide school choice, and enact strict
    standards for voting processes.

    At the national level there needs to be a full-on eradication of excessive federal tyranny from IRS agents being hired to go after middle class families to the FBI as a political tool to the intentional open-borders fiasco and pipeline shutdowns.

    If/when any of these things are enacted expect liberal hysteria to reach bleeding-ears level volume.

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  12. Mr. Forward says:

    What did they find at Mar-a-Lago?

    “Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents who raided former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida on Monday reportedly also combed through his wife Melania Trump’s wardrobe.” Yahoo news

    Panty raid.

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    • Meade Laurence says:

      “Panty raid”

      Grab him by his wife’s panties. When you’re a weaponized FBI, they [have to] let you.

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  13. Mark Lemberger says:

    Lavrenti Blaska, “Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime.”

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  14. Mark Lemberger says:

    Witherspoon@7:12
    No Steve, if I’d said you were a pompous blowhard, THAT would be pure trolling.
    “Does not negate” does not affirm, indicate, suggest or offer evidence of anything.
    Refute me or let it stand.

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    • Mark Lemberger wrote, “No Steve, if I’d said you were a pompous blowhard, THAT would be pure trolling.”

      Your previous comment (which was very ad hominem’ish) and this ad hominem help to show to others that you’re trolling, own it.

      Mark Lemberger wrote, ” ‘Does not negate’ does not affirm, indicate, suggest or offer evidence of anything.”

      Interesting that you would intentionally cherry pick those three words out of your full statement which was “Does not negate is only a standard of proof to dictators” to try to contradict my assessment of your entire statement when your entire absolutism statement was what the assessment was based on. That entire absolutism statement is pure trolling and you intentionally cherry picking out three words to move the goalposts and impugn my opinion is signature significant and does not negate, as in does not nullify or make ineffective, the previous opinion I shared.

      TROLLING: Posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion, often for their own amusement.

      This reply of yours is a complete failure to counter my assessment of your previous comment.

      Mark Lemberger wrote, “Refute me or let it stand.”

      Your objection to my comment has been thoroughly refuted.

      Side Note: I think we actually agree on some points related to the January 6th riot, we just choose to express ourselves in online commentary in a different way.

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