The Washington Post, that vaunted paper that unquestioningly peddled the Russian Collusion hoax, reported last night that “sources familiar with the investigation” claim the classified documents the FBI was looking for when they raided former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home were related to nuclear secrets.
Pardon me while I roll my eyes so hard that I end up looking at my brain.
If Trump walked out of the White House carrying classified nuclear secrets, why is it they didn’t get around to retrieving them for over 18 months?
You know what? Who cares?
Even entertaining the claim is stupid.
This is the Washington Post we’re talking about. Has there ever been an instance when the WaPo’s “sources” haven’t been either flat-out lying or wildly exaggerating?
Given the Post’s track record, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if the so-called classified nuclear secrets amounted to something like this:
Here’s what I think happened.
The FBI and the Justice Department, being idiots, hadn’t expected there to be such massive blowback for them serving a search warrant on the former president over something as innocuous as not abiding by the Presidential Records Act.
Caught flat-footed by something that wouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone with two working brain cells, Attorney General Merrick Garland rushed to the microphones yesterday and pretended to be indignant that anyone would dare to question the integrity of the DOJ.
That’s like Don Draper feigning righteous indignation after being accused of cheating on his wife.
The DOJ must have concluded that Garland’s defensive press statement did more harm than good, so someone there decided the solution was to call the Washington Post and “leak” that the search was related to classified nuclear secrets, knowing full well that the media would pick up the story and run with it unquestioningly.
And that is precisely what happened because that is always what happens when the DOJ or FBI selectively “leak” to the Washington Post or the New York Times.
Come to think of it, that’s precisely why the DOJ and FBI leak to the press in the first place.
As Jesse Kelly put it last night on Twitter:
“Took them more than two days to come up with a scary enough sounding justification for why they did what they did. These people are very nervous now. They really went too far this time and they know it.”
I couldn’t agree more.
And isn’t it convenient that the documents they claim justified this unprecedented search are so classified they’ll never be able to reveal them to the public to prove the search was justified?
As I said the other day, the FBI and DOJ already have a credibility problem.
Yesterday’s desperate spinning has done nothing to change that.
Instead, it only made matter worse.
It’s hard to improve the credibility of the DOJ when you go from “How dare you impugn the reputation of my department” to having someone in your department leak to the press only hours later.
Especially when the leaked claim beggars belief.
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