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Friday, August 12, 2022

Prominent legal experts speculate that former President Donald Trump may be suspected of violating a range of laws, including the Espionage Act, by taking classified documents from the White House and keeping them improperly at his Mar-a-Lago resort residence in Florida.

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Some legal experts have posited that Trump may have been in violation of the Espionage Act. The law was first enacted by Congress in 1917, during World War I.

While the name of the law implies that it specifically targets spies, the statute is broader and applies to the mishandling of sensitive national security information as well. Part of it states:

"Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer - Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both."

Donald's in deep, deep doo-doo.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-08-12 12:34 PM | Reply

@#1

If the documents that were retrieved during the search are actually at the level that they have been argued to be, then this is going to become a very significant character-building experience for fmr Pres Trump.


#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-12 12:39 PM | Reply

"The walls are closing in."

#3 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-08-12 12:48 PM | Reply

Imagine that. A Russian asset violating the Espionage Act.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2022-08-12 01:39 PM | Reply

Now we know why Kim, Vlad and the Saudi's are so hostile to Brandon and democrats

They never got the national security secrets they paid Trump and the GOP for and are pissed the American people voted in Brandon

#5 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2022-08-12 01:56 PM | Reply

Oh, by the way, the search warrant confirms that Trump is under investigation for violating multiple federal security statutes, including the Espionage Act.

You're welcome.

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-08-12 04:02 PM | Reply

The search warrant for Trump's residence cited three criminal laws, all from Title 18 of the United States Code. Section 793, better known as the Espionage Act, which covers the unlawful retention of defense-related information that could harm the United States or aid a foreign adversary; Section 1519, which covers destroying or concealing documents to obstruct government investigations or administrative proceedings; and Section 2071, which covers the unlawful removal of government records.

www.msnbc.com

#7 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-08-12 04:04 PM | Reply

It might not be trying to stage a violent coup, but espionage is a start. This actually gives me some hope.

#8 | Posted by Enlightened at 2022-08-12 04:46 PM | Reply

What we haven't seen is the Avadavat with Probable Cause that convinced Trump appointees Wray and the Judge to sign off on the search warrant.

That should be interesting reading....

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-12 04:50 PM | Reply

Hair Fuhrer is going to be going through some things.

#10 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2022-08-12 04:50 PM | Reply

affidavit lol! thanks speilcheker.

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-12 04:51 PM | Reply

I could be executed on Fifth Avenue and not lose a single vote!
--Orange-tinted criminal caught in a trap

#12 | Posted by catdog at 2022-08-12 04:55 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

@#11

Avadavat - a very small weaverbird (Estrilda amandava) native to southeast Asia but often kept as a cage bird
www.merriam-webster.com


:)

#13 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-12 05:01 PM | Reply

10 years in prison for each violation...the 753 is the big one, though.

Not to mention the felony violations of the Records Act - about which, declassification does not apply because he had info on nukes on the carpet of Mar a Lago.

The treason caucus sure are scrambling to circle the wagons, though...who snitched?

#14 | Posted by chuffy at 2022-08-12 05:01 PM | Reply

Republican Super-Patriots must be outraged!

#15 | Posted by anton at 2022-08-12 05:07 PM | Reply

One question that I've been pondering for a couple hours...

There's also Bedminster, NJ and Trump Tower in Manhattan, for starters.

Are there other Trump properties where sensitive documents might have been stashed by fmr Pres Trump? Or did he put all his eggs in one unlocked MAL basket, so to speak?

#16 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-12 05:08 PM | Reply

I wonder how much of the info Putin got copies of.

#17 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2022-08-12 05:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So... it turns out that even the Pres can't declassify nuclear program documents.

There goes another Trumper claim

#18 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-12 05:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

While I support trump being held accountable for ALL his crimes, this one feels like small potatos compared to trying to overthrow the government.

Why is garland willing to be so aggressive on this, while being so passive about the fascist coup attempt?

#19 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-12 05:13 PM | Reply

- so passive

Running the largest investigation in FBI history doesn't seem so passive.

Also, there's the fact that any info gained on that investigation in this search is fair game.

#20 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-12 05:16 PM | Reply

"I have the right to do anything I want as president."

Donald Trump

#21 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2022-08-12 05:20 PM | Reply

 

@#19 ... Why is garland willing to be so aggressive on this, while being so passive about the fascist coup attempt? ...

My guess would be that we have not a clue how extensive the DoJ January 6 investigation is and without such a clue, one is unable to properly ascertain the "aggressiveness" of what the DoJ is doing regarding January 6.


#22 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-12 05:28 PM | Reply

The FBI will be fingerprinting those docs... for tiny little finger prints

#23 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-12 05:28 PM | Reply

I completely forgot they can execute people for violating the Espionage act.

#24 | Posted by Tor at 2022-08-12 05:29 PM | Reply

Why is garland willing to be so aggressive on this, while being so passive about the fascist coup attempt?

#19 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

I get the feeling that Garland just wanted the documents back. But since Trump refused to cooperate, he may end up getting charged as collateral damage.

#25 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2022-08-12 05:31 PM | Reply

Michael Beschloss
@BeschlossDC

The Rosenbergs were convicted for giving U.S. nuclear secrets to Moscow, and were executed June 1953:

twitter.com

#26 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-12 05:32 PM | Reply

Calm down.

No one is executing Trump.

#27 | Posted by ClownShack at 2022-08-12 05:33 PM | Reply

We can dream!

#28 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-12 05:35 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Will his followers chant "this trail is a second crucifixion of Christ"?

They did it for Manson.

#29 | Posted by Tor at 2022-08-12 05:45 PM | Reply

While I support trump being held accountable for ALL his crimes, this one feels like small potatos compared to trying to overthrow the government.

If you think about it, it's a LOT harder to prosecute for intent, conspiracy, etc.. - yes, the J6 coup attempt is a much bigger crime, but there is a LOT of gray area and wiggle room for a legal squirmer like Orange Furious to escape prosecution...this issue is black and white, cut and dried, wrapped up with a bow on top. No gray area, no room to claim privilege, no lack of clarity...no wiggle room.

Dude STILL hasn't: relased his taxes, been prosecuted for tax fraud, been prosecuted for obstruction of justice in the Mueller Report, been prosecuted for intimidation, been prosecuted for witness tampering, been prosecuted for...

Plus, if this thing sticks, he's ineligible to run for public office again, so all those other investigations are pardon proof (at least by T****)

#30 | Posted by chuffy at 2022-08-12 05:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

No one is executing Trump.

#27 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK

No one should care if his body dies. His soul has been dead for a very long time.

#31 | Posted by Zed at 2022-08-12 05:48 PM | Reply

small potatos?

stealing nuclear secrets is small potatos?

#32 | Posted by Tor at 2022-08-12 05:56 PM | Reply

Plus, if this thing sticks, he's ineligible to run for public office again, so all those other investigations are pardon proof (at least by T****)

#30 | Posted by chuffy

Please. The next republican president is going to pardon everything trump ever did and anyone associated with him.

The pardon power needs to be erased. It's nothing but an invitation to incredible corruption and crime.

#33 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-12 05:58 PM | Reply

The FBI will be lifting fingerprints off the documents Trump stole.

And there's a cooperating witness who alerted the authorities. Someone in his close circle. He/She probably had other details. Perhaps about who may have been "invited" to view them, or which state actors they've been shared with.

#34 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-08-12 06:08 PM | Reply

It's been explained by a former CIA officer that items on the inventory listed as "Miscellaneous Secret Documents" or "Miscellaneous Top Secret Documents" is actually dozens to hundreds of secret to top secret documents per entry.

#35 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-08-12 06:15 PM | Reply

@#17 ... I wonder how much of the info Putin got copies of. ...

That, plus I wonder if the DoJ got a whiff of fmr Pres Trump (or maybe Mr Kushner?) making overtures to foreign governments regarding the docs, and that is why they decided to move so decisively?

Saudi Arabia's crown prince reportedly bragged about having Jared Kushner 'in his pocket' after being told classified information meant for Trump (May 2018)
www.businessinsider.com

#36 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-12 07:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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