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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz's Republican primary opponent Mark Lombardo suggested in a new attack ad that the incumbent congressman is the possible informant involved in the FBI's raid on former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.



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There have been reports Gaetz is cooperating with prosecutors.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2022-08-18 08:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's always nice when cynical paranoia turns on one of these people and starts eating them.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2022-08-18 08:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Zed, very interesting. reports, or speculation?

I cant find anything on it. Thanks.

#3 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2022-08-18 08:58 AM | Reply

The thing about trading reality for the cult of personality is that once the followers are persuaded that facts no longer matter then they are going to be more likely to believe in the most conspiratorial, paranoid even, idea. It no longer matters if Gaetz is cooperating or not, the idea has been suggested and therefore it becomes the "truth" to the cult members.

#4 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2022-08-18 09:35 AM | Reply


One of the lines in the movie "Dave" is, "Once you start talking about a scandal, it hard to talk about anything else."

Your post reminded me of that.

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2022-08-18 09:47 AM | Reply

"There have been reports Gaetz is cooperating with prosecutors."

LOL, that's the gamble you make when you surround yourself with morally and legally compromised people. The law may find leverage to turn them against you. I hope the possibility raises Trumps blood pressure a few points.

#6 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2022-08-18 09:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Who was it, Donald?"

"Who gave you up to the feds?"

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-08-18 12:10 PM | Reply

Speaking of MAL...

Trump Associate's Stated Plan to Publicly Release "Declassified" Documents

...As this article was going to press, ABC News published a report that weeks before the Mar-a-Lago search, former President Donald Trump's associate Kash Patel "vowed to retrieve classified documents from the National Archives and publish them on his website."

If that scheme involved Trump himself and the Mar-a-Lago documents, it could have significant legal implications for the Justice Department's ongoing criminal investigation. Any plan to release the documents could potentially trigger specific elements of the Espionage Act and other criminal statutes designed with the core purpose of preventing unlawful dissemination of classified and other sensitive government documents. As I discuss below, credible evidence of such a plan also would likely factor into the Justice Department's decision on whether to bring criminal charges.

The ABC News report is based on an interview Patel gave in June. However, Just Security has collected six other interviews and statements in which Patel discussed and elaborated on this plan. The excerpts of each of those are appended below.

The June interview may be among the most innocuous. It suggested Patel would go to the National Archives to obtain the documents. Likewise, in another interview on July 4, Patel suggested his plan was to pressure the Archives to release materials in their possession. Less innocuous and far more incriminating, however, are other interviews in which Patel more explicitly discussed an effort to release documents housed at Mar-a-Lago....

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-18 12:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


The curious timing of Trump naming two allies to access his records

...On June 19, former president Donald Trump sent a letter to the National Archives. The subject was not his ongoing dispute with the agency over material he'd removed from the White House and brought to his Mar-a-Lago resort. Instead, he was naming two individuals -- former Trump administration official Kash P. Patel and conservative writer John Solomon -- as "representatives for access to Presidential records of my administration."

In light of what we've learned in the week since FBI agents searched Mar-a-Lago and removed dozens of boxes of material, the timing of that appointment is interesting.

A full timeline of what unfolded before the FBI search is below, but June was a significant month for the government's effort to retrieve the material.

By then, the Archives had already referred the issue to the Justice Department and a grand jury had issued a subpoena for the recovery of material. On June 3, a senior official from the department visited Mar-a-Lago along with several FBI agents, reviewing the storage room where much of the material seized last week would be recovered. They would soon ask that the room "be secured" " suggesting that it may not have been secured previously " and the material within it not be moved. A few days later, the New York Times reported over the weekend, a lawyer for Trump signed a document indicating that no further classified material remained at Mar-a-Lago.

On June 22, the Justice Department subpoenaed security footage from Mar-a-Lago, including near the storage room. Trump's team turned it over.

"According to a person briefed on the matter, the footage showed that, after one instance in which Justice Department officials were in contact with Mr. Trump's team, boxes were moved in and out of the room," the Times reported.

In the midst of all of this and three days before that subpoena, Patel and Solomon were tapped as authorized consumers of Trump's records. In explaining the decision to Politico, Solomon indicated that the intent was that he write a history of the Russia investigation " one that a Trump spokesperson justifiably expected to be favorable in a statement to the outlet.

After it was reported that the material Trump turned over in January included classified material, Patel spoke with Breitbart to offer a defense that's cropped up a lot in the interim: Trump had actually declassified all of it in advance....

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-18 12:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It WOULD be funny if it is the perv Gaetz.

#10 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2022-08-18 04:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Still wondering why Gaetz isn't in prison right now.

#11 | Posted by chuffy at 2022-08-19 03:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Gaetz has sex with underage girls and traffics them so his buddies can join in on the action.

Republicans don't care.

Gaetz possible Trump informant?

He's dead to the cult.

The man should be in prison.

#12 | Posted by ClownShack at 2022-08-19 05:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Still wondering why Gaetz isn't in prison right now.

#11 | Posted by chuffy

Still wondering why Trump has 10 counts of obstruction of justice from russiagate sitting on Garland's doorstep.

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-19 05:26 PM | Reply

Still wondering why Gaetz isn't in prison right now.

Likely because prosecutors don't have anything to charge him with, CNN commentary can't be submitted as evidence, and internet sleuths like yourself have failed to produce a case.

But that won't stop the Clownpox from screaming that he's guilty.

#14 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2022-08-20 01:37 AM | Reply

Zed, very interesting. reports, or speculation?
I cant find anything on it. Thanks.


Zed hasn't found anything either, he just says ---- that comes to mind.

Right now, he can't find the remote.

#15 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2022-08-20 01:40 AM | Reply

Zed just wildly labels anything he disagrees with as Hitler - fascist, etc.

It's so over-the-top that it's kinda funny and every once in a blue moon Zed will display a bit of humor. Most of the time he's that "cop" in "Pulp Fiction."

#16 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-08-20 01:47 AM | Reply

there's a cop in pulp fiction?

#17 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2022-08-20 02:08 AM | Reply

"there's a cop in pulp fiction?

#17 | POSTED BY ALEXANDRITE AT 2022-08-20 02:08 AM"

Were you born on a moon?

Zed was a cop in Pulp Fiction.

"Zed's dead, baby, Zed's dead."

He spent the rest of his short-ass life in agonizing pain - with a pair of plyers and a blow-torch.

#18 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-08-20 02:14 AM | Reply

so zeds a rapist?

you are drunk.

#19 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2022-08-20 02:17 AM | Reply

Alexandrite - I don't think DR - Zed is a rapist.

Pulp Fiction Zed was absolutely a rapist.

#20 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-08-20 02:25 AM | Reply

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