In the wake of the Aug. 8 raid of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home, much ado was given to the independent nature of the FBI as the Justice Department distanced itself from the unprecedented act only to have Attorney General Merrick Garland later declare he “personally approved” the search.
Similarly, President Joe Biden’s administration has leveled that the White House had no prior knowledge. However, John Solomon, journalist and founder of Just The News, brought receipts to show “they were deeply involved.”
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Monday on his program, “Just the News, Not Noise,” the outlet’s editor-in-chief began by presenting, “new evidence.”
“Just the News has obtained correspondence between various parties during the lead-up to the raid showing that the Biden White House, that’s right, Joe Biden’s White House, the one that said they had nothing to do with this, they were deeply involved in the early instigation of the criminal probe against President Trump including clearing the way for President Trump’s claim of executive privilege to be eviscerated,” Solomon stated.
Included in his argument was a letter from acting National Archivist Debra Steidel Wall of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) sent May 10 to Trump’s lawyer Evan Corcoran. In that letter, Wall disclosed her communication with then-White House Deputy Counsel Jonathan Su and the coordination that was taking place between the FBI, DOJ and National Archives in April.
“On April 11, 2022, the White House Counsel’s Office—affirming a request from the Department of Justice supported by an FBI letterhead memorandum–formally transmitted a request that NARA provide the FBI access to the 15 boxes for its review within seven days, with the possibility that the FBI might request copies of specific documents following its review of the boxes,” Wall reportedly wrote.
“The Counsel to the President has informed me that, in light of the particular circumstances presented here,” she stated, “President Biden defers to my determination, in consultation with the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, regarding whether or not I should uphold the former President’s purported ‘protective assertion of executive privilege’…I have therefore decided not to honor the former President’s ‘protective’ claim of privilege.”
Wall even attempted to cite precedent to support this decision, noting, “The Supreme Court’s decision in Nixon v. Administrator of General Services, 433 U.S. 425 (1977), strongly suggests that a former President may not successfully assert executive privilege ‘against the very Executive Branch in whose name the privilege is invoked.'”
Solomon pointed out that, “That ruling, however, was issued under an earlier predecessor law for presidential records and in the immediate aftermath of one of America’s worst presidential scandals.”
The archivist continued, “In its initial review of materials within those boxes, NARA identified items marked as classified national security information, up to the level of Top Secret and including Sensitive Compartmented Information and Special Access Program materials. NARA informed the Department of Justice about that discovery, which prompted the Department to ask the President to request that NARA provide the FBI with access to the boxes at issue so that the FBI and others in the Intelligence Community could examine them.”
The details provided in the letter fly in the face of previous claims from the administration and corporate media allies that “They were blindsided” as CNN’s Dana Bash had put it, and “They found out when we all did.”
Calling BS: Biden White House reportedly ‘blindsided’ by raid on Mar-a-Lago, learned from Twitter https://t.co/pTgk0UlS98
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As Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) reacted to Solomon when he called in to the program, “That is amazing news if that’s the case.”
The congressman went on to say, “Well, I guess it doesn’t surprise me at all. I mean, remember, we had heard, it’d been reported that the attorney general had deliberated for weeks. So, during that time, if he’s deliberating on what to do and whether they’re actually going to have the raid on President Trump’s home, it seems likely to me that he talked to the White House because remember, this is the same Justice Department and same White House who coordinated with the…National School Boards Association before they in fact initiated the letter as the pretext for the Biden administration taking the action against moms and dads.
Legal scholar and former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz had a different reaction. “I was very surprised,” he told Just the News after he was asked to review the documents. “The current president should not be able to waive the executive privilege of a predecessor, without the consent of the former president. Otherwise, [privilege] means nothing. What president will ever discuss anything in private if he knows the man who beat him can and will disclose it.”
“The best thinking is that an incumbent president cannot waive the right of the previous president,” Dershowitz went on. “It would make a mockery of the whole notion of privilege.”
But it is suspected that a mockery of justice is exactly what’s at play as Trump’s lawyers, Corcoran included, filed a motion in court Monday requesting a third-party special master be assigned to provide judicial oversight and review the documents seized by the FBI in alleged violation of the president’s Fourth Amendment rights.
“Law enforcement,” they wrote, “is a shield that protects Americans. It cannot be used as a weapon for political purposes.”
Solomon summarized the chain of events from the White House’s “instigation” by stating, “Within a couple of weeks of Wall’s letter to Corcoran, the DOJ sent a grand jury subpoena to Trump’s team demanding the return of any remaining national security documents, which precipitated a voluntary visit by the FBI to Mar-a-Lago on June 3, when agents picked a small amount of materials Trump’s lawyers said were responsive to the subpoena.”
“Two months later,” he concluded, “the FBI escalated again, seeking a search warrant to raid the Trump estate on Aug. 8.”
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