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Trump Demands ‘Immediate Release’ Of FBI Raid Documents

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Update (0032ET): President Trump has effectively dared the Department of Justice to release the documents related to the Monday raid on Mar-a-Lago.

“Not only will I not oppose the release of documents related to the unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in of my home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents, even though they have been drawn up by radical left Democrats and possible future political opponents, who have a strong and powerful vested interest in attacking me, much as they have done for the last 6 years…” Trump said in a Thursday night post on Truth Social.

“This unprecedented political weaponization of law enforcement is inappropriate and highly unethical. The world is watching as our Country is being brought to a new low, not only on our border, crime, economy, energy, national security, and so much more, but also with respect to our sacred elections!” he said in a subsequent post.

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The FBI was looking for ‘classified documents relating to nuclear weapons,’ among other things, during its Monday raid at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, WaPo reports, citing ‘people familiar with the investigation.’

So – we’re to believe that the FBI took several boxes from Trump in June, told him to put a bigger lock, and then two months later realized ‘oh — he might have nuclear secrets‘ – justifying the raid.

The leakers did not offer additional details.

Material about nuclear weapons is especially sensitive and usually restricted to a small number of government officials, experts said. Publicizing details about U.S. weapons could provide an intelligence road map to adversaries seeking to build ways of countering those systems. And other countries might view exposing their nuclear secrets as a threat, experts said.

One former Justice Department official, who in the past oversaw investigations of leaks of classified information, said the type of top-secret information described by the people familiar with the probe would probably cause authorities to try to move as quickly as possible to recover sensitive documents that could cause grave harm to U.S. security. -Washington Post

“If the FBI and the Department of Justice believed there were top secret materials still at Mar-a-Lago, that would lend itself to greater ‘hair-on-fire’ motivation to recover that material as quickly as possible,” said David Laufman, the former chief of the Justice Department’s counterintelligence section.

So we assume the narrative will now be that Trump leaked, or could have leaked, nuclear secrets to Putin – which justified “authorities to try to move as quickly as possible to recover sensitive documents” in the name of national security.

Right…

Attorney General Merrick Garland revealed during a brief Thursday speech that he personally approved the search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, and that the DOJ has asked a federal court to unseal the document.

“Just now, the Justice Department has filed a motion in the Southern District of Florida to unseal a search warrant and property receipt relating to a court approved search that the FBI conducted earlier this week,” Garland said.

Trump allies have suggested that the warrant was politically motivated, while Trump himself said on Truth Social on Wednesday that the FBI may have planted evidence.

The search is connected to an investigation on whether Trump unlawfully retained presidential records – including classified materials, following his departure from office in January 2021.

According to US Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez from the Southern District of Florida, “The public’s clear and powerful interest in understanding what occurred under these circumstances weighs heavily in favor of unsealing” the warrant.

Jay I. Bratt, the Justice Department’s chief for Counterintelligence and Export Control Section National Security Division, co-signed the document.

According to the four-page motion, a judge signed and approved of the search warrant on Aug. 5, the Friday before the search was executed. The Justice Department also seeks to reveal the property receipt listing the seized items and filed today with the court.

Shortly after the government’s filing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart set a speedy pace to determine whether Trump opposes unsealing. -Law & Crime

On or before 3:00 p.m. Eastern time on August 12, 2022, the United States shall file a certificate of conferral advising whether former President Trump opposes the Government’s motion to unseal,” Reinhart wrote.

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US Attorney General Merrick Garland will make a statement to the media at 2:30 pm ET on Thursday, following the FBI’s Monday raid on Mar-a-Lago.

Garland has found himself in the crosshairs of conservatives, who claim that the establishment has once again ‘weaponized’ the DOJ against Donald Trump.

Sen. Rand Paul and other conservatives have called for an investigation.

“And if it warrants it, there’s going to have to be a look at whether or not the attorney general has misused his office for political purposes. Have they gone after a political opponent? I mean, this is beyond the pale,” he told Fox News on Wednesady. “No one would have ever imagined before that we would be using or one political party would be using the FBI to attack their political opponents.”

This post was originally published at Zero Hedge

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Poll: Only 37% Of Democrats Want Biden To Run In 2024

Americans have had enough

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Close to two thirds of Democrats don’t want to see a second Joe Biden term, a massive decline of 15 percent in just three months, according to a new poll.

The survey by Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that just 37 percent of Democrats want Biden to run again, a figure that is down from 52 percent since the midterms.

Among Democrats under the age of 45 just 23 percent want another Biden term.

In total, 78 percent of voters don’t want Biden in office beyond 2024, with many citing his old age and deteriorating mental health.

An NBC News poll registered similar results, noting that only a third of voters are comfortable with Biden running again:

Meanwhile, a Washington Post/ABC News poll found that almost two thirds believe Biden has accomplished “little or nothing” so far:

A CNN poll found that a record number of voters say they are worse off under Biden:

A CBS News/YouGov poll found that 61 percent think the state of the economy is “bad,” with 76 percent calling for lowering runaway inflation:

As we highlighted a week ago, a recent Harvard/ Harris survey revealed that six in ten Americans have reservations over Joe Biden’s mentally capacity to run again in 2024, with 65 percent agreeing that at 80-years-old, Biden is “too old” to continue as President.

Enough is enough.

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    Videos: GOP Senators Slam “Paralyzed” Biden For “Telegraphing Weakness” To China

    “It’s not just the balloon. It’s the message… we can do whatever we want, and America can’t stop us.”

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    Republican Senators Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz all blasted the Biden administration Sunday over its weakness in responding to China’s brazen efforts to encroach into U.S. airspace.

    “I think the only reason they shot [the balloon] down is because it made it into the news, and they felt it forced to as a matter of politics rather than national security,” Cruz told CBS News, adding “That’s a bad message for the Chinese government to hear.”

    Cruz accused Biden of having “telegraphed weakness”:

    Senator Cotton slammed Biden for being “paralyzed for entire week by a balloon,” noting that “What began as spy balloon has become a trial balloon, testing President Biden’s strength and resolve. And unfortunately, the president failed that test. And that’s dangerous for the American people.”

    Cotton further criticised “the president’s reluctance to take any action that will be viewed as provocative or confrontational towards the Chinese communists,” adding “I would say what’s provocative and confrontation is sending spy balloon all across America.”

    Senator Rubio declared “I think what’s embedded here is a clear message,” adding “The Chinese knew that this was going to be spotted. They knew that we were going to have to react to it. They flew it over military installations and sensitive sites across — right across the middle. I mean, look at the flight path of this thing. It’s a diagonal shot right through the middle of the continental United States.”

    “And the message embedded in this to the world is, we can fly a balloon over airspace of the United States of America, and you won’t be able to do anything about it to stop us,” Rubio further urged, noting “They calculated this carefully.”

    Earlier, Senator Rand Paul slammed Biden’s “dithering” and “ineptitude” over the balloon:

    Meanwhile, the leftist media has amplified claims by Biden officials that several of the same Chinese balloons flew over the U.S. under Donald Trump’s presidency.

    Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe dismissed the reports Sunday.

    “Do you remember during the Trump administration, when photographers on the ground and commercial airline pilots were talking about a spy balloon over the United States that people could look up and see even with the naked eye, and that a media that hated Donald Trump wasn’t reporting?” Ratcliffe noted during a Fox News interview, adding “I don’t remember that either, because it didn’t happen.”

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    Video: Rand Paul Slams “Very Very Weak” Biden For “Dithering For Days” Over Chinese Balloon

    Senator warns “ineptitude” of administration is a major threat to national security

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    Senator Rand Paul tore into the Biden administration Sunday for “dithering for days” over the Chinese balloon and allowing it float the entire width of the country before shooting it down.

    Appearing on Fox News, Paul urged that “This looks very, very weak in the eyes of our enemy, and I think it was a huge mistake.”

    “We need a commander in chief and a national defense who is able to respond within seconds to minutes to penetration of our airspace,” Paul further asserted.

    “This is probing our defenses even if there was no surveillance on board. They’ve gotten a great deal of information as to how sluggish the Biden administration is in their response,” the Senator added.

    Paul continued, “I think more damaging than any surveillance is assessing our response. Since we’ve entered into a nuclear age, there are responses that have to occur in seconds to minutes, and the fact that this administration would dither for days over a balloon I think gives pause to us about how well we’re protected and whether or not they have the ability to make decisions that would have to be made in seconds or minutes.”

    “Moving forward, what they [the Biden administration] need to do is they need to demand a full apology and explanation. If it was supposedly civilian, they should feed us all the data they took in and show us what the balloon was absorbing,” Paul further noted, calling for the Chinese ambassador to be grilled by the State Department.

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    Paul stated that the balloon could have been dealt with days earlier over a remote area such as Alaska.

    The same point was made earlier by Retired four-star Army General Jack Keane, who said “Remember, this was approaching the United States over water. It was approaching the Aleutian Islands over water. And we had plenty of opportunity to take it down then. And that’s when it should have happened.”

    “We had to be tracking it from mainland China across the Pacific Ocean, and we had plenty of warning to put together an operation that we are conducting now on the east coast that should have been done there,” Keane added.

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    Biden has claimed that he ordered the balloon to be downed “days ago” but that the Pentagon waited til it had flown over the country.

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