Days after the FBI’s search of his Mar-a-Lago home for classified documents, at least some of which reportedly relate to nuclear weapons, former President Donald Trump attempted to shift attention to former President Barack Obama. Trump’s Truth Social posts insinuated that he is being politically targeted and uniquely persecuted unlike his predecessor, but the National Archives rebutted that on Friday in a statement.
The Thursday post from the former president on his own social media platform began by asking: “What happened to the 30 million pages of documents taken from the White House to Chicago by Barack Hussein Obama?”
“He refused to give them back!” Trump claimed, before wondering whether an Obama residence would be raided sometime soon. “What is going on? This act was strongly at odds with NARA. Will they be breaking into Obama’s ‘mansion’ in Martha’s Vineyard?”
Trump allies promptly circulated the post.
On Friday, Trump posted again, this time asserting without evidence that Obama “kept” classified documents pertaining to “nuclear.”
How the National Archives Responded
The National Archives or NARA saw fit to respond directly on Friday about what happened to the “30 million pages of unclassified records” (emphasis ours).
The agency said it “assumed exclusive legal and physical custody of Obama Presidential records when President Barack Obama left office in 2017, in accordance with the Presidential Records Act (PRA).”
The statement further said that classified records from the Obama presidency are located in a NARA facility in Washington, D.C., and are not under the 44th president’s control.
“NARA moved approximately 30 million pages of unclassified records to a NARA facility in the Chicago area where they are maintained exclusively by NARA. Additionally, NARA maintains the classified Obama Presidential records in a NARA facility in the Washington, DC, area,” the statement said. “As required by the PRA, former President Obama has no control over where and how NARA stores the Presidential records of his Administration.”
What’s Happened Since
The Trump search warrant was unsealed on Friday afternoon. As legal observers promptly pointed out, the three federal statutes involved do not mention “classified” information.
“None of the statutes in play mention classified information. Two of them could apply to completely unclassified information. The Espionage Act, though, was written during WWI and pre-dated the modern classification regime,” national security lawyer Bradley P. Moss explained. “So, technically, violating 18 U.S.C. § 793 only requires that the information at issue ‘relate to the national defense,’ as opposed to actually being classified under Executive Order.”
“That said,” Moss cautioned, “I am not aware of the government ever prosecuting someone for unauthorized removal or handling of information that relates to the national defense that is not also classified.”
Read it yourself. You know it is amazing as to how stupid Trump Supporters are.... fact checking is a fantastic tool. Remember this is one of his biggest lies.... one on a grand scale... Mango caught with state secrets that he did not declassify according to proper procedure and yes there is a procedure
Just a few quick comments on the pushback from the right over the authorized, pursuant to a warrant signed by a Federal Magistrate, search of Mango's home. This pushback seems across the board from Ted Cruz to Kristi Noem of S. Dakota to Ron Desantis of Florida. They are all attacking the F.B.I. and the system itself w/o knowledge of what is contained in the affadavit for the warrant and w/o knowing what was seized. Further, they have adopted Mango's assertion that the F.B.I. planted evidence. Again, w/o any evidence of that happening. Exactly when did that hit the main stream thinking of this country?
This is how authoritarians seize power. They attack the fundamental foundation of the system. Marx said he would tear down the Russian system. In 1917 they seized power and he did. Steve Bannon asserted prior to Mango being elected that he wanted to tear down the system in the U.S., however, they didn't do that completely. Recently, he has said that if Mango is re-elected he will tear it down.
Have you considered that in all likelihood there was an individual at Mar-A-lago who saw something and informed the D.O.J. Perhaps he/ she saw classified files and knew Mango was not supposed to have them. Maybe this individual knew that the D.O.J. had subpoenaed documents last Spring and that Mango refused to comply and this person knew he refused to comply. That individual had a duty to contact the D.O.J. and that was the right thing to do. Hopefully, if they found the documents that were described they will take that person to the Federal Grand Jury as well as the documents. I hope he/she realizes that Witness Protection is in their immediate future.
I suspect that should Mango be re-elected he will end democracy in this country. He will simply declare a state of emergency that is ongoing. Much like they do in South American countries from time to time. He will end elections. He will suspend habeas corpus. He will end funding for certain government programs even if Congress has authorized them. He will end the F.B.I. He will set up his own Federal law enforcement along the lines of what he discussed with Blackwater now Xi founder, Eric Prince. There will not be judicial review and if there is he will literally send someone to put a gun to a judge or Justice's head. He will do it all in the name of stabilizing this country.
But as I have said if there is evidence of criminal conduct and there is a probability of success in court then the D.O.J. should charge Mango, and not be worried about some inbreds taking to the streets or the GOPQ. As I have said there is plenty of room in Federal Prison or the grave yard.
There’s plenty of evidence that Donald Trump wanted to be treated like a dictator, that he frequently butted heads with military leaders, and that his ignorance of history knew no bounds. It shouldn’t be that surprising, then, how the former president reached back to World War II in trying to explain the kind of absolute loyalty he expected from America’s generals.
According to an excerpt from The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021 published in The New Yorker on Monday, Trump once griped to then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly about what he perceived as disloyal generals. “You fucking generals, why can’t you be like the German generals?”
“Which generals?” Kelly responded.
“The German generals in World War II,” said Trump.
Kelly then reminded the president of the failed assassination attempts against Hitler by his subordinates. “You do know that they tried to kill Hitler three times and almost pulled it off?” Kelly said.
But Trump, of course, insisted otherwise. “No, no, no, they were totally loyal to him,” he said.
When asked to comment by the New Yorker, Trump reiterated prior complaints. “These were very untalented people and once I realized it, I did not rely on them, I relied on the real generals and admirals within the system,” he said.
Trump has pined for the kind of loyalty shown to other dictators, as well. While praising Kim Jong-un in 2018, Trump said he wanted “my people” to treat him the same way North Koreans treat that nation’s murderous head of state. “He’s the head of a country, and I mean, he’s the strong head, don’t let anyone think anything different,” Trump told Fox News. “He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.”
read the rest... but you get the point.. oh, and the Kelly was retired Marine Corp General John Kelly.. Mango's Chief of Staff
A federal judge on Monday sentenced Guy Reffitt, who brought a gun to the US Capitol during the January 6, 2021, riot and threatened House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to more than seven years in prison, the longest insurrection-related sentence to date.
Reffitt, a recruiter for a right-wing militia known as the Three Percenters, was the first Capitol rioter to go to trial rather than take a plea agreement.
"Mr. Reffitt's reluctance to admit early that his behavior is illegal is concerning," District Judge Dabney Friedrich said before handing down the 87-month sentence. "And I want to be very clear ... under no legitimate definition of the term 'patriot' (does) Mr. Reffitt's behavior on and around January 6 fit the term. It is the antithesis of the word."
Friedrich added: "The officers at the Capitol are the patriots, as well as those who fought and even died to protect our democracy, our rule of law ... those in the mob are not. Not only are they not patriots, they're a direct threat to our democracy and will be punished as such."
Reffitt was convicted by a DC jury in March of five felonies, including transporting and carrying a firearm on Capitol grounds, interfering with Capitol Police and obstructing an official proceeding. He had driven to DC with several firearms, one of which he carried with him on the steps of the Capitol during the early hours of the riot.
"I just want to see Pelosi's head hit every f**king stair on the way out. ... And (Republican leader) Mitch McConnell too," Reffitt said, according to a video recording he made of himself on January 6.
The hefty sentence, paired with the fact that every January 6 defendant to face a jury has been convicted, could deter some of the hundreds of January 6 defendants awaiting trial to instead take plea deals offered by the Justice Department.
The 87-month sentence is two years longer than any other Capitol riot prison term handed down so far.
Reffitt was adamant in earlier hearings about being the first January 6 defendant to take his case to trial. But on Monday, in plea for leniency in advance of his sentencing, he said that he was a "f***ing idiot" who was parroting "founding fathers and stupid sh*t like that" around January 6, and that he doubled down on that rhetoric to "garner money" for his family during the course of his legal battle.
"It seems like you wanted to be the big guy, the important guy, the first guy to go to trial ... the first guy up there, to revel in the press," Friedrich said to Reffitt. "You want to be an important person who makes a difference, and yet you are going about it in all the wrong ways."
"My point exactly, your honor" Reffitt said.
Reffitt's wife and two daughters were in the courtroom when the sentence was handed down. Reffitt's younger daughter, Peyton, told the judge that her father is "not a threat to my family," and that her family "turned a blind eye" to his mental health issues.
"My father's name wasn't on all the flags that were there that day, that everyone was carrying that day. He is not the leader," Peyton said through tears, at times pausing with her hand on her heart.
The mother of Ashli Babbitt, the pro-Trump rioter who was shot and killed by police on January 6, also was in the courtroom at times on Monday.
Reffitt's son Jackson, who testified against his father during the trial, was not in the courtroom. In a statement read aloud by prosecutors, Jackson said that his father "slowly lost himself over the last five years," but that "whether you view him as a father, a family member or friend, using these labels to justify anything he has done is completely wrong."
Prosecutors had sought a sentence of almost a decade longer than the most severe sentence to date by adding enhanced penalties to his sentence for terrorism. Prosecutor Jeffrey Nestler told the judge that Reffitt "wanted to physically and literally remove members of Congress from power" and that the government believes "what he was doing that day was terrorism."
"We do believe he is a domestic terrorist," Nestler said Monday.
Friedrich did not add additional penalties for terrorism, however, saying that it would create an "unwarranted disparity" between Reffitt's sentence and that of other rioters convicted of bringing weapons or threatening lawmakers.
My Take: The sentence is not long enough. Note, the judges comment that the Jan 6 insurrectionists were not patriots. lol.. no, they are fucking not. Next up.. I hope everyone set for a jury trial goes through with it.... Next
A Matt Gaetz supporter from Shalimar, Florida is currently wanted by the FBI for threatening to kill Gaetz’ opponent, Rebekah Jones, and her family in a chilling voicemail left on her cell phone last week.
“I’m going to kill you. I’m going to kill your whole family. You’re going to die motherfucker,” the caller said.
The man harassed the personal cell phone of Jones and her husband over a period of three days last week. He did not block or hide is number.
The threats came about the same time that Matt Gaetz became embroiled in yet another controversy concerning sexually inappropriate behavior, this time with comments he made at a conservative convention about women and reproductive freedom – themes evident in the wanted-man’s texts to Jones.
“Plus women don’t belong as Governors or anyone like that bc y’all have too many personalities and too emotional to handle big decisions in life!” one of the messages read.
The FBI began searching for the man in cooperation with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department Thursday, July 21, 2022. As of July 30, he is still at-large.
Jones announced the FBI search at a women’s rights rally in Tampa Saturday, where she was joined by Hillsborough County Commissioners Pat Kemp and Kimberly Overman, St. Petersburg City Council Chair Gina Driscoll, President of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Tampa Bay Alex Khalel and Soil and Water Conservation Board member Dr. Sonja Brookins.
“I’ve gotten a lot of threats,” Jones said at the rally. “That’s what happens when you take on a corrupt governor and then a corrupt congressman. But this one was serious. This one scared me.”
Jones has been the subject of a targeted harassment campaign online since May 2020, led principally by Christina Pushaw, Ron DeSantis’ Nazi-connected press secretary, who notably was hired after a court in Maryland issued a restraining on Jones’ behalf and Pushaw was later criminally charged with violating it.
More recently, Pushaw and a Democratic spoiler candidate from another part of the state have been cooperating online in a smear campaign targeting Jones, rape-shaming, slut-shaming and making sexually-charged comments about Jones online. Jones' cell phone number was recently released by the sham candidate in a court filing by the sham candidate requesting an emergency injunction to kick Jones off the ballot - a motion that was denied by the court.
The extent of their cooperation was revealed by a former data architect and cyber security specialist from Google, the details of which were just recently leaked online and can be viewed in this 176-page ethics complaint filed against her.
The failing campaign of former New York City cooperate attorney Margaret “Peggy” Schiller has been exposed as a sham campaign working on behalf of Ron DeSantis, who has been obsessed with Rebekah Jones for more than two years, and Matt Gaetz.
Jones, who is heavily favored to win both her primary election in August and the general election against Matt Gaetz in November, maintains her status as a legally protected whistleblower after exposing COVID_19 data manipulation by Ron DeSantis’ administration in 2020.
Jones gained international notoriety, won national awards, and became known as Florida’s resident COVID-19 expert and one of the most trusted sources for science information in the country.
July 30 also marked National Whistleblower Day, an event Jones was honored at in both 2021 and 2022. Jones also won “Whistleblower of the Year” for 2020, a title given this year to whistleblower Reality Winner.
Jones decided to run against Matt Gaetz in Florida’s 1st Congressional District, in the area she grew up, after learning about the FBI sex trafficking investigating Matt Gaetz is currently the target of.
Jones turned her own grandfather into the FBI in 2019 for sex trafficking in the Philippines. He was later arrested and imprisoned, where he died earlier this year.
A call for Gaetz to make a public statement condemning the threats has gone unanswered, even though Jones issued such a statement in 2021 when Matt Gaetz was receiving threats.
If you can donate send her 10.00....
For you women on here note the fugitive's comments reference women... they don't belong in government because they are to moody... this guy is a woman hater like Gaetz..... unless he wants to fuck them
Free Speech Systems LLC, the Alex Jones-owned company behind Infowars, filed for bankruptcy on Friday, according to federal court records obtained by Law&Crime. The case was filed in the Victoria Division of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.
The move was entirely predictable given that Jones filed paperwork in a Connecticut state court on Friday to sue Free Speech Systems. The crossclaim — a lawsuit between defendants named in a separate lawsuit — is legally attached to an original lawsuit filed against Jones and several associated companies over comments Jones made about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.
The Connecticut defamation lawsuit against Jones, et al., is scheduled for jury selection this coming week. Meanwhile, Jones is currently on trial in a Texas state courtroom over several similar defamation lawsuits filed against him in the Lone Star State — his own turf.
The plaintiffs in the Connecticut case immediately asked a judge to rubbish the crossclaim because, in their view, it was “yet another bad faith tactic meant to obfuscate, to delay, and to create a false issue in this record in preparation for a new abusive bankruptcy filing.”
That Friday prediction indeed came true later that day.
Free Speech Systems reported in a bankruptcy form document that “its aggregate noncontingent liquidated debts (excluding debts owed to insiders or affiliates) are less than $7,500,000, and it chooses to proceed under Subchapter V of Chapter 11.”
Chapter 11 bankruptcies are frequently dubbed “reorganization” cases. They generally allow companies to remain in control of their own operations and do not require companies to liquidate their assets.
Elsewhere, the first form document filed in the matter says Free Speech Systems anticipates having 50-99 creditors. The company says it has assets of “$10,000,001 – $50 million” but anticipates liabilities of “$50,000,00 — $100 million.” It further asserts that f]unds will be available for distribution to unsecured creditors.”
Bottom Line.. Jones and his company have already been found to have defamed the Sandy Hook Plaintiffs... at issue now is HOW MUCH he owes. You remember Jones said the Sandy hook children who were murdered NEVER EXISTED or that they were crisis actors....
Jones is just another extension of the GOPQ crazy machine but he has made Millions and millions by selling on his podcasts to the inbreds and dropouts.....
And it's not free speech.... he lied....
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