Trump Will Get The Special Master He Requested
And This Means The FBI Can't Use Any Mar-A-Lago Raid Materials Until The Special Master's Done
On August 8, the FBI launched a surprise raid on the home of President Donald J. Trump and his family.
Over the course of the next three weeks, a deluge of supposedly unauthorized leaks were made from inside the DOJ & the FBI to various mainstream media news outlets.
Like an ever-changing kaleidoscope, the reasons for the raid and what the raid team was looking for began changing almost daily.
So much of the early leaks about the raid turned out to be wrong as to be comical. It was first leaked that the investigation of Trump was being run out of the FBI’s Miami office…until it was later ‘clarified’ that the probe was actually being run by the Washington DC office.
The DOJ insisted in writing in it’s court filings that while Donald J. Trump may think that the US Constitution gave him full declassification authority while he was President, the people currently running the Department of Justice don’t agree, and therefore some of the documents in his possession at Mar-A-Lago were actually still classified. And even with his highest level security clearance, Trump was not allowed to have these documents in his possession.
Leaks were also used to float the narrative that the FBI is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, having tried to hide evidence related to an ongoing federal investigation.
Thus far in less than a month, the list of leaked reasons for the raid include but are not limited to:
Seizure of RussiaGate documents to prevent Trump from giving them to Durham or using them in his civil case against former FBI/DOJ personnel
Evidence related to the January 6 “insurrection” that Trump supposedly led/inspired
Iran Deal-related documents
Hunter Biden-related documents
Trump supposedly attempting to interfere in a federal investigation and engaging in obstruction of justice by hiding evidence from federal agents
And then the federal courts got involved when Trump filed a suit on August 22nd in the Florida district court having jurisdiction over the Mar-A-Lago resort. In expanding on his suit, Trump filed to have a Special Master appointed to review the FBI & DOJ’s handling of the raid, and to go over what was seized from his property.
At first the Democrats and news media had a good laugh about Trump’s filing, posting stories like this one in which they opined that the suit was already backfiring on him, it wasn’t going anywhere, it was absurd, it was frivolous, a waste of the court’s time, etc. etc.
And then over the course of the past two weeks… federal court Judge Aileen Cannon of the Southern District of Florida handed Trump a series of wins, first ordering the search warrant and property lists unsealed, then demanding the DOJ replace the incredibly vague property list with a more detailed list [which she then made public - which revealed just how much of a farce most of the raid was], and then forced the agency to unseal the affidavit, albeit with redactions. Cannon then ruled to grant Trump’s Special Master request.
And this means the FBI can’t make use of any of the materials it seized from Mar-A-Lago until the Special Master’s review is completed. And this could take months. Maybe even a year. So if the plan was to rush an indictment of Trump before the fast-approaching mid-term elections, an indictment based on documents found in the raid, that plan just got derailed.
So then the narrative in the fake news instantly switched to “Trump successfully went Judge Shopping In Florida!” And a deluge of outrage is now being directed at the judge.
While the FBI and the DOJ might have not objected to requests from the Court to unseal the search warrant and an extremely vague version of the property list - as making those public would help them establish a narrative that Trump must be hiding something - they loudly objected to having to unseal the affidavit, provide a more detailed property list and to Trump’s request for a Special Master review.
And after each objection and hearing them out and letting them make their case, Judge Cannon overruled them.
Of course, Trump actually winning and having his requests granted right after the Fake News had confidently assured it’s dwindling audience this wouldn’t happen and his frivolous and completely baseless suit would soon be dismissed has led to stories like this one. And this one. And even this one. All the ‘legal experts’ in the Fake News agree! Judge Cannon is some kind of partisan lunatic!
Andrew Weissmann comically took to Twitter to demand that Judge Cannon appoint none other than Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart as the Special Master.
So many strange twists and turns have occurred in the ongoing Mar-A-Lago raid scandal that it’s hard to keep up.
Here’s the Cliff’s Notes:
The FBI Special Agent In Charge who was leading this DOJ investigation of Trump suddenly retired as it was announced he’s under investigation by the Office of the Special Counsel. Timothy Thibault appears to have become the new fixer since Peter Strzok was fired from the agency; that is, the guy who ends up handling every politically sensitive investigation at the FBI. Besides the Trump investigation, Thibault was also leading/in the middle of the Hunter Biden laptop investigations and the 2020 election fraud investigations.
Thibault and his lawyers quickly asserted he was not fired or reassigned; why, this was simply a long-planned retirement! He was just passing up the change to take down a former President to spend more time with his family.
Whistleblowers from the DOJ/FBI have begun talking to Congressional committees according to Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson
Merrick Garland rushed to warn DOJ/FBI personnel not to talk to Congress, in direct violation of every federal whistleblower protection statute on the books
Trump Isn’t The Real Target
A truly epic bait-and-switch rug pull is about to happen. Trump is going to suddenly be replaced as the real target of the criminal investigation by another former President or high ranking official from a previous administration.
And when the real target has the indictments unsealed and is arrested, there’s going to be no way no how the mainstream press is going to be able to ignore, downplay or minimize the perp walk. Not after this clever build up.
Place your bets now on who you think the real target is!
Of course, if this actually happens, I’d be told “Meh. Even if this happened, the mainstream media would refuse to report on it. They would bury it.”
That would depend on how the news media is set up for the bait-and-switch.
Like say, a very well-publicized full scale raid/assault on Trump’s home and weeks of breathless media reporting that **AT LAST WE HAVE TRUMP NOW!!!** and getting themselves all hot and bothered and hyperventilating over an expected Trump indictment that they believe is coming any minute now.
Former Trump Attorney General William Barr is very helpfully making the TV news rounds these days flacking relentlessly for the idea that Trump - though he appears to be winning with all these court rulings - is actually losing and the walls are closing in on him. Barr sniffs for the cameras that this ‘Special Master’ ruling by Judge Cannon is ‘deeply flawed’ and is going to be reversed, and hey, even if granted, isn’t going to help Trump much if at all.
And all the right people are buying in and eating it all up.
They’re **never** gonna see this coming.
And you can quote me on that.
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