FBI Warrant sought nuclear weapons documents at Mar-a-logo
An angry Attorney General Garland yesterday called former commander-in-chief trump’s bluff. In an unusual move, Garland asked the court to unseal the search warrant and the nature of the inventory of property(?) taken from Trump’s home. This came after heavy criticism by trump, Republicans, and also an attack on the Cincinatti FBI office. “trump himself broke news of the search, thereby shattering his own expectations of privacy, in order to orchestrate a political firestorm to discredit the investigation.” With trump’s” breaking of the news of the search, Garland was able to ask for the unsealing of the search warrant. This allows the public to view the reasons for the search warrant.
“trump” relied with inuendo and supposition casting aspersions on the Department of Justice, Garland and the Biden Administration. Rather than wait for the purpose of the search warrant to be revealed, Republican leaders and supporters leaped to the defense of trump criticizing the DOJ’ actions.
The presence of US nuclear weapon documentation was thought to be in trump’s residence. This may be what prompted the quick search warrant. If this is the issue, one would wonder why would trump be in possession of any Secret, Top Secret, etc. documentation?
A chemist who worked on nuclear weapons at the Los Alamos national laboratory and blogs at Nuclear Diner, Cheryl Rofer said there were varying classification levels applying to different kinds of documentation. None of which should be in the closet of a former president.
Rofer, wrote on Twitter.
“Information about the design of nuclear weapons called Restricted Data is ‘born classified’. It is assumed to be classified unless declassified. She added: “There’s no reason for a president to have nuclear weapons design information that I can see.”
Garland is pushing back on Republicans noise over the unprecedented search warrant at a former President’s home. “Lawmakers, media pundits and Trump supporters have unleashed unhinged claims that the US is now nothing more than a police state, with a Gestapo-like secret police, and has descended into tyranny.”
I guess we will see what happens now. I doubt Garland would entrap himself. He must by now have knowledge of what trump was in possession of and how critical it was.
More to come for sure.
“FBI searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home for classified nuclear weapons documents – report” | Donald Trump | The Guardian, Julian Borger
“Report that FBI sought nuclear documents sharpens Trump showdown with Justice Department” (msn.com) CNN, Stephen Collinson
Hopefully, if it is about purloining nuclear weapons secrets, the FBI will at least be able to determine what was taken. Ideally, Trump would be prosecuted and barred from holding future office, but this is probably expecting too much.
IOW, if the FBI didn’t find the documents that were inventoried, those documents are elsewhere (if not put down a toilet). Let’s hope for the latter.
It is important to understand how such documents ended up in boxes in the White House. Seems to me that was the most serious breach here. Bad practice having them sit around in Mar-a lago, but the loss of control was prior. Who packed the boxes? Who handled the documents in the White House that they ended up in files that were even available to GSA packing crews, if they did the packing? True design documents never should have been in the White House. Why were they there? Did Trump request to see them? The description seems to be of documents that would much more typically remain in the Department of Energy facility and have White House staff (Trump on down) view them in their secure facility. If the story was about maybe NSC briefing material in which important nuclear weapons intelligence might be found, it would make a more sense as those would be natural Presidential documents that would have high security classifications. It should be not difficult to understand the chain of custody of these documents right to them getting unloaded at Mar-a-lago.