Of Course Trump Was Hoarding MORE Classified Documents

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It was a day of swirling news reports, sketchy sourcing, and tea-leaf reading about the latest developments in the criminal probe of Donald Trump for improperly retaining classified and other government records.

Let’s focus on the top line news: The former president had at least two more classified documents in his possession that had not previously been turned over to investigators!

They were reportedly “found” by a third-party contractor hired by Trump to look for additional government documents in his possession. The newly found documents were at at a storage facility in West Palm Beach. To be clear, this search doesn’t appear to reflect a decision by Trump to finally come clean, but was ordered by the chief federal judge in DC who oversees the grand jury investigating the matter.

This comes after:

  • The federal grand jury subpoenaed Trump for any and all classified records
  • The FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago
  • Extensive efforts by the National Archives to retrieve documents from Trump
  • Months of wrangling in court over what documents Trump had and whether he was entitled to them.

In true Trump fashion, this shocking news was hardly surprising.

If you’re catching up, the bigs were in the loop to one degree or another on what seems like self-serving leaks from the Trump Team: WaPo, NYT, WSJ and CNN.

That Was A Weird Day

Want to go deeper on this?

Trump Photographed With QAnon Figure At Mar-a-Lago

The former president posed for a photo with Liz Crokin, a prominent QAnon and Pizzagate conspiracy theorist, at a Mar-a-Lago event earlier this week.

Blood In The Water?

“Normal” Republicans are seizing on the moment of Trump’s apparent weakness to try to hasten his departure from the scene. Here’s Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) doing his best to dance on Trump’s grave:

I know a lot of people in our party love the former president. But he’s, if you will, the kiss of death for somebody who wants to win a general election. And at some point, we’ve got to move on and look for new leaders that will lead us to win.

These kinds of comments will lead to lots of stories like this:

There’s not much evidence that the Trumpist fever is finally breaking, but power is a mysterious thing and it can evaporate quickly. So while a cowed and powerless Trump seems unlikely, repeated electoral defeats, endless legal turmoil, and the stink of loserdom are some of the ingredients of irrelevance. We may not know it happened except in retrospect.

On the other hand, the man has a point:

It’s About Damn Time

Congressional Democrats are ramping up an investigation into the nexus of Jared Kushner’s family business dealings and his overseas diplomacy while a senior White House official.

Insurrectioning Is Hard

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) tweeted – then quickly deleted – his support for Trump’s call to terminate the Constitution.

No Segue Needed

07 December 2022, Hessen, Frankfurt/Main: During a raid against so-called “Reich citizens”, a masked police officer leads Heinrich XIII Prince Reuss (r) to a police vehicle after searching a house. (Photo by Boris Roessler/picture alliance via Getty Images)

The best part of the German coup plot is its ringleader was a 71-year-old minor aristocrat with monarchist fever dreams of restoring the Second Reich:

The prince, whose professional website calls him Heinrich XIII Prinz Reuss and says he offers “Coordination of Business interest,” worked as a high-end real-estate broker. He was arrested in Frankfurt, where he has both an apartment and offices in the exclusive West End neighborhood.

This is glorious: A German newspaper dubbed him the “Putsch Prince.”

As for his family legacy, please let this be 100% true:

All of the male children born into the family are called Heinrich, and given a numerical suffix: and when the family reached a hundred, they started numbering again. It is understood the family has long since distanced itself from Heinrich XIII. 

The clownishness, the cosplay, the self-absorption, the mix of the absurd and the dangerous, the tentacles into military and law enforcement circles: Right-wing coup plotters are as ridiculous everywhere as they are in America?

There’s Always The Grift

State Rep. Joe Harding (R-FL), who sponsored the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” law, was indicted on federal fraud charges.

What Went Down At SCOTUS

TPM’s Kate Riga recaps the Supreme Court oral arguments on the independent state legislature theory:

Coda To Rudy’s Ukrainian Hijinks

A pro-Russian Ukrainian official who fed Rudy Giuliani dirt before the 2020 election is now facing federal money laundering and bank fraud charges in Brooklyn.

NYT Reporters and Editors Strike

With talks on a new contract dragging on, the union representing reporters and editors at the New York Times is staging a one-day strike today.

New IG Report On Whitey Bulger’s Prison Death

SAN FRANCISCO – NOVEMBER 16: Boston gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, Jr. poses for a mugshot on his arrival at the Federal Penitentiary at Alcatraz on November 16, 1959 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

When notorious mobster and longtime fugitive Whitey Bulger was killed in 2018 at a federal prison in West Virginia within 12 hours of his arrival from another Bureau of Prisons facility, the suspicion that the fix was in was very strong.

But a new DOJ inspector general’s report finds that while the BOP failures were extensive no BOP employees “acted with a malicious intent or an improper purpose.”

Three fellow inmates were charged earlier this year in Bulger’s death.

Sean Spicer Is Still Sean Spicer

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