Late Monday, news broke that the FBI had raided Mar-a-Lago, the Florida home of former President Donald Trump sometimes referred to as “The Southern White House”.
The officers arrived with rented box trucks, military-style weaponry, and a cadre of agents, allegedly on the hunt for files that Trump took with him when he left office, and that the National Archives were interested in getting back.
On its face, the imagery and the offense didn’t seem to line up for many pundits, and a number of theories began to arise regarding what the true motivation was for the raid.
One suggestion was that the Biden administration was looking to disqualify Trump from ever running for office again.
The FBI search of the Florida resort was related to Trump’s handling of presidential records, including classified documents, after leaving office, sources told CNN. The search warrant was connected to the National Archives, a senior government official told NBC News.Trending:
Such reporting had Marc Elias, the top lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign who has drawn scrutiny for his role in pushing Trump-Russia collusion claims, pointing to U.S. Code Title 18, Section 2071. “The media is missing the really, really big reason why the raid today is a potential blockbuster in American politics,” Elias said in a tweet.
Here’s where it gets wild:
The first subsection says: “Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”
While a state-sponsored siege of a likely 2024 opponent’s home is certainly reason enough to suggest some malarkey on the part of the Biden administration, this latest suggestion belies a seriously corrupt potential motive for the move.