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Monday, August 15, 2022

In their new filing arguing for some continued secrecy, the Justice Department made clear the seriousness of the ongoing criminal investigation, saying it "implicates highly classified materials."

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... "There remain compelling reasons, including to protect the integrity of an ongoing law enforcement investigation that implicates national security, that support keeping the affidavit sealed," DOJ lawyers declared on Monday ...

Makes sense.

From what I've heard several describe as what is usually in an affidavit, that statement seems to be quite correct.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-15 07:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Giving away your case before it starts would be irresponsible.

And the DOJ represents the People in this matter.

Even most of their leaders who were appointed by Trump at the time, stood up for the People over Trump when told to sign the letter to the States claiming there had been corrupt elections, and they threatened to resign.

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-15 07:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

DOJ also pointed out that they need to protect witnesses who have already come forward and those who will eventually come forward.

I think it might be expensive to pay for all the security for those people when the Trumper get their names.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-15 07:51 PM | Reply

Here's a nice summary of the DOJ's argument. It includes a link to the filing. reason.com

#4 | Posted by et_al at 2022-08-16 04:22 AM | Reply

MAGAts want to "out" the cooperating witnesses so they can intimidate them.

Good job, DOJ.

#5 | Posted by anton at 2022-08-16 05:36 AM | Reply

Given the actions of the Red Hat Gang in recent days, releasing this information may well put some witness in peril. I think it nearly certain the DOJ has or shortly will say so, and that the presiding judge will use that as his/her reason to keep the affidavit under seal...

#6 | Posted by catdog at 2022-08-16 09:22 AM | Reply

They don't want to release it because it will show that only a Trump hating, Epstein defending judge would sign it. It was so broad that they can fish for anything not just "secret documents.

#7 | Posted by fishpaw at 2022-08-16 10:37 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#7 | POSTED BY FISHPAW A

Donald Trump is not a good or innocent man.

Why pretend?

#8 | Posted by Zed at 2022-08-16 10:58 AM | Reply

They don't want to release it because it will show that only a Trump hating, Epstein defending judge would sign it. It was so broad that they can fish for anything not just "secret documents.

#7 | POSTED BY FISHPAW AT 2022-08-16 10:37 AM | REPLY | FLAG:

Yeah. That's what it will show.
MAGAts are going for the OJ defense a/k/a the "Chewbacca Defense".
Good luck.

#9 | Posted by anton at 2022-08-16 11:13 AM | Reply

It was so broad that they can fish for anything not just "secret documents.
#7 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

And then they went into Maralago and found "secret documents". Kind of makes one think that the FBI knew exactly what they were doing and acted legally and by the book.

#10 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2022-08-16 02:33 PM | Reply

#10 | POSTED BY JOHNNY_HOTSAUCE AT 2022-08-16 02:33 PM | FLAG: Are you sure they found 'secret documents'? Guess those 'documents were maybe stashed in Melania's dresses, or then again, maybe some of those agents are cross-dressers [like Hoover] and wanted to fantasize how they would look in her clothing ; )

#11 | Posted by MSgt at 2022-08-16 03:08 PM | Reply

Are you sure they found 'secret documents'?

#11 | POSTED BY MSGT

I'm sure they found stolen documents.

What made them so valuable to steal?

#12 | Posted by Zed at 2022-08-16 03:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Best thing that could happen at present is to find a way to remove Trump's megaphone. He's the one that keeps stirring the pot and keeping all his base riled up. Putting him in jail would take care of that. He's done enough there is likely tons of things that could end in that result.

As far as I am concerned it can't happen soon enough.

#13 | Posted by BBQ at 2022-08-16 03:34 PM | Reply

They don't want to release it because it will show that only a Trump hating, Epstein defending judge would sign it. It was so broad that they can fish for anything not just "secret documents.

#7 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

How does one become such a shameless, ------------ sycophantic turd?

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2022-08-16 03:52 PM | Reply

They don't want to release it because it will show that only a Trump hating, Epstein defending judge would sign it. It was so broad that they can fish for anything not just "secret documents.

#7 | Posted by fishpaw

So they should release highly classified intel?

Why did trump need to steal highly classified intel, then deny he had it?

#15 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-16 04:32 PM | Reply

Are you sure they found 'secret documents'?

#11 | POSTED BY MSGT

Are you sure they didn't? Did Trumpy wave his magic declassification wand over the uhaul full of classified, secret and top secret material as it drove down the driveway of the White House?

#16 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-08-16 07:00 PM | Reply

Timeline of Trump's attempt to steal documents from the National Archive:

- Trump took highly classified material from the White House and stored it in an unsecured location at his home without telling anyone.
- When the National Archives came looking for documents, it took eight months of back-and-forth before Trump passed along 15 boxes of material.
- When the archives noted classified information among the documents returned, they took this to the DOJ for further investigation.
- Trump claimed there were no more classified documents. This included a written statement from his attorney.
- Trump put Patel and Solomon in charge of the documents"not to sort out issues, but to use them to expand the myth of Trump as victim.
- The DOJ continued to negotiate for more months to see what still remained. When they finally got a look at what Trump had in storage, it was clear that there was more classified material.
- Seeing what Trump had, the DOJ instructed him to better secure the documents while they continued to negotiate for their return.
- Rather than keeping the documents secured, security footage showed that boxes of documents were being moved in and out of the supposedly secure area.
- One of Trump's own aides tipped off the FBI that there were serious concerns about the content and handling of the documents.
- The FBI sought and executed a search warrant.

#17 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-08-17 11:30 AM | Reply

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