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Trump doesn't deny taking classified nuclear documents from the White House while baselessly accusing Obama of the same thing
Obama "kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified," Trump falsely claimed. "How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!"Instead, he again attacked former President Barack Obama, falsely accusing him of illegally keeping classified documents.
Is the news really all bad for
Well, mostly. But there are two key reasons why the Mar-a-Lago mess might wind up boosting him politically.
First the bad news. The former president has moved from saying he was cooperating with investigators to not disputing that he didn’t return all the subpoenaed documents; from calling the Washington Post story that nuclear secrets are involved a hoax to not denying it to saying Barack Obama did something similar (which the National Archives knocked down, since it controls all presidential records).
Throw in Trump’s claim that he declassified any documents he took to Florida (John Bolton and others say they never heard of such a process), and that the FBI "stole" his passports (which the government has denied), and there’s a lot of backtracking going on. It was a very quick trip from "never happened" to "so what."
The far right is calling for civil war after the FBI raid on Trump's home. Experts say that fight wouldn't look like the last one.
"People's sense of the civil and civic ways of resolving disputes" is "out the window," Fiona Hill told Insider, warning of the potential for "civil conflict."Just a small crowd of supporters had gathered as of 2 p.m. Several people who said they were part of Club 45 — an independent Trump-supporting organization — said more people would assemble from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., after people were done working for the day. Traffic was becoming more backed up by 3 p.m. By 5 p.m., about 60 people had gathered on the bridge.
And his key ally, Rudy Giuliani, has just been notified he’s a target in thethat also is focusing on Trump. The former U.S. attorney, who testifies today, knows he’s in trouble.
I know that everyone doesn’t follow the confusing details, and that Trump’s antagonists in the media and politics have been down this road many times, rooting for this or that development or witness that send Trump off to prison. As just one example, Allen Weisselberg, former CFO of the Trump Organization, was going to turn on his ex-boss, except that he didn’t flip and media reports say he’ll plead guilty but not cooperate with the Trump investigation.
A group that wants to eliminate nuclear weapons says the FBI's seizure of documents at Mar-a-Lago highlights vulnerabilities in global security: 'We really have no idea what was going on inside Trump's head'
On Monday, federal agents found 11 sets of classified documents after searching former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence.Alicia Sanders-Zakre, a policy research coordinator with The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), said the organization is concerned that the presence of potentially sensitive material could be exposed to those who normally wouldn't have access to this kind of documentation.
As for the potential benefits of the search, the first is that Merrick Garland’s four days of silence fueled the backlash that turned Trump into a martyr. With the Republican base angry about the tactic, the 45th president seems more of a shoo-in for the GOP nomination, as he continues to describe the "raid" and "break-in" which was actually legal under the court-approved warrant.
Garland, according to media reports, agonized for weeks over greenlighting the search. The attorney general should have known that he let his adversary control the narrative by staying mum, but unlike Trump, he’s not a street fighter.
A delegation of US lawmakers visits Taiwan, less than 2 weeks after Pelosi's visit
The de-facto US embassy in Taiwan said the delegation will meet with officials in Taiwan to discuss US-Taiwan relations and regional security.His political team is even getting ready for a spring reelection announcement, according to the Washington Post.
The second reason is that it’s entirely possible that Garland doesn’t gather enough evidence to bring a criminal case. No way he brings an indictment just about record-keeping; it has toor compromised nuclear secrets. We have no way of knowing, but if no charges are filed, Trump will brand the whole thing just another hoax.
Now here’s a final twist. The former president told Fox News Digital the other day that America’s temperature "has to be brought down…
"The country is in a very dangerous position. There is tremendous anger, like I’ve never seen before… If there is anything we can do to help, I, and my people, would certainly be willing to do that."
I see two possibilities here. One is that with a growing level of threats and violent incidents, such as the killing of an armed assailant at theand a man who killed himself after ramming into a barrier at the Capitol, Trump’s advisers convinced him that he’d better say something.
If that’s the case, Trump will likely do what he did after Charlottesville – after reading a toned-down statement at his team’s urging, the president quickly reverted to his "very fine people" stance the next time he saw the press.
The president of Ukraine's Athletics Federation, who is fighting in the war, says he feels 'great' dropping bombs on Russian soldiers
Yevhen Pronin is part of a drone team known as the "Tactical Busters" which has a Russian bounty on its head because of its success. "If we do not kill them, they can kill our children, they can kill us," he told The Times of England.
It’s also possible that Trump is worried about being blamed if more violence breaks out–and wants to be able to point to this statement, even as he returns to his ramped-up rhetoric about being persecuted as if this were a Third World country.
One thing is clear: the media are loving this return to a Trump-dominated world.
When President Biden signed major legislation last week, the cable news networks went to such breaking news as "Donald Trump pleads the Fifth" almost as soon as Biden stopped speaking.
When the president yesterday signed the party-linebill, MSNBC and Fox actually did additional segments on the law, each with administration guests, but CNN quickly pivoted to the Trump melodrama. And while Fox stuck with the impact of the reconciliation law, MSNBC, within 20 minutes, went "back to our regularly scheduled programming": Trump.
Donald Trump and Mark Meadows' last-minute plan to declassify an FBI file and tip off a conservative journalist: NYT .
Donald Trump and Mark Meadows rushed to get a series of redactions approved and an FBI file declassified in the last days of the presidency, per a report.According to The Times, former chief of staff Mark Meadows had Trump's blessing to seek out the declassification of the binder containing unreleased information about the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane investigation.