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Friday, August 12, 2022

In pursuing the unprecedented search of Donald Trump's residence on Monday, the FBI was seeking to retrieve Top Secret and "compartmented" documents dealing with intelligence "sources and methods," two federal government sources tell Newsweek -documents with the potential to reveal U.S. intelligence sources, including human sources on the American government payroll.



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"Compartmented" is a specific term meaning "classified information concerning or derived from intelligence sources, methods, or analytical processes, which is required to be handled within formal access control systems established by the Director of National Intelligence." It includes a variety of different access categories"for example, human, intercept, satellite sources"each of which limits how many people can know the nature of the compartment. One of the government sources says that "special access program" information was involved in the Mar-a-Lago case, a further category of information limited to an even smaller group of people.

This greatly complicates any public discussion of the documents or any substantiation of Trump's potential violation of U.S. law. Intelligence sources familiar with the classification system and the investigation say that neither the search warrant nor the inventory, if unsealed, will likely answer most people's questions about whether the search was necessary.

The former president does not have authority to declassify such documents, intelligence sources say, because they are classified under statute rather than by executive order. Trump's possession of those documents and the fact that he was secreting them away came to light in the course of a multi-month federal government investigation that focused on the status of presidential records taken from the White House.

So be ready once today's unsealing happens because little if any will directly address the classified information the FBI took from MAL on Monday.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-08-12 12:28 PM | Reply

So President Donald J TRUMP was selling out American spies.

He deserves the gas chamber. (Hanging a man of his size is impractical.)

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-08-12 12:38 PM | Reply

@#2 ... So President Donald J TRUMP was selling out American spies....

... or possibly planning to.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-12 12:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Putting 2 and 2 together, it seems quite logical that the documents Trump might have possessed contained information about active intelligence sources on the US payroll who may be spies within other nation's nuclear programs.

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-08-12 12:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"active intelligence sources on the US payroll"

They knew the risks when they signed up.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-08-12 01:14 PM | Reply

The Saudi's and Russians called and left a message for the GOP

They want their money back

#6 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2022-08-12 02:05 PM | Reply

Trump apparently leaked the warrant to Breitbart. The DOJ had sought to redact or shield the names of agents involved. Trump took no caution. The Breitbart article has names of agents, which obviously puts a target on their back. Reprehensible. Trump needs to be stopped. Enough.

This screenshot ... is from the DOJ filing asking the Court to unseal the warrant. The footnote indicates that the DOJ had redacted or shielded the names of the agents involved. Breitbart has included names of agents in its article about the warrant and inventory.

Don Lewis

Doubling down on stochastic terrorism yet again.

#7 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-08-12 03:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

DOJ investigates potential violation of at least 3 separate criminal statutes

...ABC News has obtained what appears to be the search warrant executed at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago property.

The warrant has not yet been posted on the docket. ABC News is not yet publishing the warrant and property receipt.

The filing, which includes two attachments ("Attachment A" and "Attachment B") indicates that the Justice Department, in its search of the Mar-a-Lago estate, is investigating potential violation of at least three separate criminal statutes, including a statute under the Espionage Act.

Attachment B states that the property to be seized by agents includes "all physical documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime or other items illegally possessed" in violation of 18 USC 793, a statute under the Espionage Act involving the gathering, transmitting or loss of defense information; 18 USC 2071, which involves any federal government employee who, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies or destroys public records; and 18 USC 1519, obstruction of justice....

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-12 03:42 PM | Reply

FBI collected multiple sets of classified documents from Trump's Mar-a-Lago home

...A federal judge in Florida has unsealed the documents related to an FBI search of former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago home that took place earlier this week.

The documents include both the search warrant and the property receipt, which outlines what was taken by authorities. They outline that agents recovered top secret and classified documents in Monday's search.

Read the full warrant and property receipt below, or click here[1]....

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#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-12 03:57 PM | Reply

imo, this could get very interesting very quickly.

The previous recent cases against fmr Pres Trump have been tried in the political arena, e.g., the impeachments, where fmr Pres Trump's remarks and comments for the case were not under oath but on social media.

However, for this case, fmr Pres Trump will be tried in the Justice Department's Court of Law. Fmr Pres Trump (going back to private citizen Trump, e.g., vs Mr Tim O'Brien[1]) does not seem to have a good track record when he has to testify, and his case judged, in a Court of Law.


#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-12 04:15 PM | Reply

Where is that gallows that the Jan6 bunch erected?

#11 | Posted by TenMile at 2022-08-12 04:20 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Gosh I'm proud of Mr. Garland and DOJ/FBI...

He doesnt say much, but when he speaks, he's sure is pithy.

#12 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2022-08-12 04:58 PM | Reply

Garland was the Lead Investigator for the OK City Bombing.... I had forgotten about that.

#13 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-12 05:02 PM | Reply


You're going to need a bigger gallows.

#14 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-08-12 05:42 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

It doesn't matter what Trump gets accused of,
the MAGAT's still love about idolatry......

#15 | Posted by saginawmi at 2022-08-13 09:53 AM | Reply


I respectfully disagree. A 350 lb sack of lying ---- dropping about 2 feet would produce 780 ft/lbs of force.
There are plenty of 1,000 lb rope products in the 5/8" to 3/4" diameters. A steel I-beam structure would be sufficient from which to suspend the rope. Any Boy Scout with the Knot Tying or Pioneering merit badges can tie a proper knot.

#16 | Posted by El_Buscador at 2022-08-13 08:20 PM | Reply

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