Don’t Mess with the DOJ

Besides the basic info on my twitter profile, I let folks know my view that “Dems Need to Be More Aggressive.” I still think that the Biden administration and the DNC need to be more partisan in promoting their programs and fighting right-wing disinformation. For example, the Biden administration and DNC have been pushing the theme of “not a single Republican voted for” key Biden administration bills from the American Recovery Act in 2021 to the recent Inflation Reduction Act. But that’s very generic and consequently unsatisfactory. The Biden people need to name names of Republicans who vote against popular bills.

There was no lack of Biden administration aggression yesterday though.

Early yesterday evening, Trump filed a lawsuit seeking several things:

  1. A Special Master to review documents for executive privilege and attorney client privilege;
  2. A detailed inventory of items seized during the search.
  3. Return of any information taken from Trump’s property that went beyond the scope of the search warrant.

As with anything linked to Trump and the law, he’s advancing audacious legal claims in search of sympathetic right-wing judges while also trying to politicize his dispute with the Department of Justice and the FBI.

That’s what Trump did with the Mueller investigation and it worked for him.

What Trump and the Republicans are finding out though is that the Democrats have caught up with the politicizing game and both the Jan. 6 Committee and Department of Justice have been engaged in selective leaking of “shocking new evidence.”

And this time, the hammer came down quickly.

Trump filed his suit in the early evening and it was still pretty early in the evening that the New York Times published a report (with Maggie Haberman as lead author) that the FBI had discovered 300 classified documents among the materials that Trump had originally taken from the White House to Mar-a-Lago.

In total, the government has recovered more than 300 documents with classified markings from Mr. Trump since he left office, the people said: that first batch of documents returned in January, another set provided by Mr. Trump’s aides to the Justice Department in June and the material seized by the F.B.I. in the search this month.

Here’s Eric Swalwell (D-CA) learning about the New York Times report report while being interviewed on MSNBC.

The reporting of Haberman, et al, was based on information from “multiple people briefed on the matter.” I’m not sure whether the information on Trump holding classified documents was a leak or not and I’m not sure who would have been the informants if there was a leak.

And I’m not sure it matters either.

The main fact is that filed a publicity seeking law suit yesterday afternoon but his lawsuit was swamped a couple hours later by a major story about him stealing classified documents that was based on information from people connected to the investigation.

And there’s been no defense from Trump, his legal team, or Fox News.

The only noticeable thing I’ve seen today is Lindsey Graham bleating that “Trump is too old to go to jail.”

Don’t Mess with the DOJ!

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