VIDEO: What We Know About the 11 Classified Documents Seized From Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Home

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This is a pretty comprehensive account of what’s known so far about the results of the FBI’s search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

A federal magistrate unsealed the search and seizure warrant of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. FBI agents removed 11 sets of classified documents and 27 boxes from the Florida residence. The court filing shows investigators have probable cause related to three federal laws including violations of the Espionage Act. NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell and Ken Dilanian have more details.» Subscribe to NBC News: nbcnews.to
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I Would Prefer Not To  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:16:35pm

Hello people.

I produced and am hosting another show in NYC. Monday, Aug 15th 7PM

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Ming5000  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:20:01pm

More reason for MAGA to sweat.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:21:27pm
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I Would Prefer Not To  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:21:51pm

re: #2 Ming5000

More reason for MAGA to sweat.

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I’m guessing Jarad has his dirty prints over most of this. Maybe he’s the fall guy.

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Charles Johnson  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:22:16pm
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Ming5000  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:27:54pm

re: #4 I Would Prefer Not To

I imagine a few of the documents have several individual’s prints. I can see them cackling as they pass the loot around.

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retired cynic  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:30:46pm

It turns out that Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo and sci-fi writer John Scalzi were in the same High School class back in 1987, and they combined to create a meme of sorts. Marshall wrote in regard to TFG action: “‘ascertain the stupidest possible scenario that can be reconciled with the available facts’ and that answer is likely correct” and Scalzi dubbed it ‘Trump’s Razor’.
talkingpointsmemo.com

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Charles Johnson  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:38:59pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:43:56pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:48:27pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:49:21pm
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:50:48pm

Several times before before I have brought up Trump’s connection to Vince and Linda McMahon. Now questions are being raise (in light of the Vince sex-for-hush-money scandal that made him resign from his own company) whether the cast the McMahon’s sent to Trump was properly accounted:

Analysis: There’s a possible connection between the Trump Foundation and Vince McMahon’s newly-revealed unrecorded payments

[…] According to IRS filings, WWE spent a total of exactly $5 million in contributions to the Donald J. Trump Foundation in the same two years, 2007 and 2009. The records indicate the contributions came from WWE, and use its headquarters address, with no specific person named; the latest years-old comments from WWE’s media relations attributed the donations to Vince McMahon and his wife Linda McMahon, personally.

[…]

Tuesday was WWE’s stated target date for publishing reissued financial statements and its second-quarter earnings, but instead, the company wrote the report was being delayed.

[…]

The unrecorded expenses WWE states it needs to catch up on have grown to $19.6 million.

[…]

Despite the IRS filings listing WWE as the contributors to the Foundation in those years, a WWE spokesperson in October 2012 said the money came directly from Vince McMahon, as opposed to the company, or both Vince and Linda. The WWE comment was made weeks before the election in which Linda was running for U.S. Senate for the second time.

Later, in 2016, a WWE spokesperson denied the Foundation contributions served as Trump’s appearance fees and that “WWE paid Donald Trump appearance fees separately.” But this time WWE said both McMahons personally made the contributions to the Foundation. “Vince and Linda McMahon made personal donations to Donald Trump’s foundation,” the spokesperson told the Huffington Post at the time.

[…]

As for the possible motivation for compensating Trump through his Foundation for performing on WWE television, doing so may have allowed Trump to avoid paying taxes, something he’s made an effort to do in other cases. Likewise, claiming a large charitable donation to the Trump Foundation might have eased the McMahons’ personal tax burden in those years. Whether any of that is legal is another question.

[…]

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Crush White Nationalism  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:51:40pm

It’s over.

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Charles Johnson  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:52:47pm
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Backwoods_Sleuth  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:54:06pm

niterz, lizardz!

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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Aug 12, 2022 • 5:54:51pm

re: #12 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

In summary, that $5M really was payment for Trump’s performance. It really should have been declared as income by Trump. Instead the money went to Trump’s shady Foundation, and Linda and Vince McMahon helped Trump by saying the $5M were personal donations from them.

These people do those kinds of things all the time.

That is how they escape income taxes.

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Charles Johnson  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:07:52pm
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gocart mozart  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:23:57pm
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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:23:59pm
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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:24:42pm
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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:25:53pm

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Amory Blaine  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:29:01pm

As a chronically depressed lifelong “leftist”, I feel utter confusion over the quick, successive wins of the Democratic party. I have never seen it IN MY LIFETIME.

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First As Tragedy, Then As Farce  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:29:34pm

I still say Trump runs in 2024, and it’s better than 50/50 that he gets elected.

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:31:16pm

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Amory Blaine  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:31:52pm

re: #13 Crush White Nationalism

It’s over.

Let’s give him a hand!

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Florida Panhandler  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:32:20pm

re: #22 Amory Blaine

As a chronically depressed lifelong “leftist”, I feel utter confusion over the quick, successive wins of the Democratic party. I have never seen it IN MY LIFETIME.

And yet, the utter zeal in which the Republican Party and all its miscreants have bent over backwards the past 24 hours to prop up a traitor, yes a TRAITOR to the United States of America, who has directly aided and abetted the prospects of direct enemy nations to obtain vital classified nuclear weapons documents, has left me now the most depressed I’ve ever been about the future of this country.

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Charles Johnson  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:33:06pm
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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:33:11pm
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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:34:58pm

re: #27 Charles Johnson

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Nixon: “Well, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal”

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A Cranky One  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:36:52pm

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:38:22pm

I’m dyin’ over here

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A hollow voice says: Abort SCOTUS  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:48:13pm

re: #31 Dangerman

I’m dyin’ over here

tfg hires only the best lawyers.

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retired cynic  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:50:02pm

CL’d: re: #410 retired cynic

A Surprising Photo Captures an Osprey Gently Gliding Along the Water’s Surface
thisiscolossal.com

Amazing photo!

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austin_blue  Aug 12, 2022 • 6:55:45pm

re: #10 Backwoods_Sleuth

Come to Texas. Our AG, Ken Paxton, has been under indictment since his inauguration.

Total MAGAt, of course.

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Crush White Nationalism  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:00:01pm

Good things keep happening.

Southern Baptists say denomination faces DOJ investigation (AP News)

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austin_blue  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:01:58pm

re: #22 Amory Blaine

As a chronically depressed lifelong “leftist”, I feel utter confusion over the quick, successive wins of the Democratic party. I have never seen it IN MY LIFETIME.

Kind of glorious, isn’t it?

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sagehen  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:10:15pm

I was going to watch Bill Maher tonight, I thought this week’s news might make it a good one, but…. Ross Douthat is the interview guest, and Piers Morgan is one of the panelists. So I guess I have to find something else to watch.

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austin_blue  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:12:00pm

re: #23 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

I still say Trump runs in 2024, and it’s better than 50/50 that he gets elected.

I think it’s even odds that TFG is a suicide, or convicted by 2024 and unable to run, or dead by a massive cardiac or cerebral event

In any case, I’m good with that.

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austin_blue  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:29:28pm

re: #37 sagehen

I was going to watch Bill Maher tonight, I thought this week’s news might make it a good one, but…. Ross Douthat is the interview guest, and Piers Morgan is one of the panelists. So I guess I have to find something else to watch.

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:31:34pm

So the Rs cancelled their “revolt” / tantrum

how feckless and disorganized do you have to be to botch a plan that amounts to “don’t show up for work today” ?

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wrenchwench  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:33:51pm

Sometimes you should just let go.

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Dangerman  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:35:28pm
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wrenchwench  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:40:24pm
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Varek Raith  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:42:50pm

re: #43 wrenchwench

HOT NUCLEAR SECRETS IN YOUR AREA

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A Cranky One  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:44:43pm

After spending countless hours at work staring at computer monitors, I find myself adverse to that activity now that I’ve retired.

As a beacon of intellectual integrity I’ve determined that my phone is different and so it’s okay to use.

So I seldom write comments, because doing so on a phone really sucks.

I repeat. It SUCKS.

- end of rant

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A Cranky One  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:46:10pm

re: #44 Varek Raith

HOT NUCLEAR SECRETS IN YOUR AREA

Nuclear secret trucks on every corner.

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Crush White Nationalism  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:52:38pm

re: #45 A Cranky One

After spending countless hours at work staring at computer monitors, I find myself adverse to that activity now that I’ve retired.

As a beacon of intellectual integrity I’ve determined that my phone is different and so it’s okay to use.

So I seldom write comments, because doing so on a phone really sucks.

I repeat. It SUCKS.

- end of rant

You can use any Bluetooth keyboard with a phone. Before I started working from home, I carried a folding keyboard with me so I could write on a phone or tablet.

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Hecuba's daughter  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:55:44pm

Has someone mentioned this? According to Lawrence, the latest excuse from the Trump team is that when he was in the WH working on classified documents, he would often take them out of the room to read in the private residence and it was his practice to automatically declassify them as part of this process. They are desperate — hoping something will stick. The base will believe anything and I suspect most GOP legislators will support any argument that Trump team will settle on.

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jaunte  Aug 12, 2022 • 7:59:04pm

re: #48 Hecuba’s daughter

As I understand it, there is no legal way to automatically declassify that doesn’t require a record of the step.

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jaunte  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:00:56pm
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jaunte  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:02:07pm
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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:02:27pm

Woman posts approvingly of a RoP poster, guy jumps in to man-splain that it is not “canon”:

To which I reply:

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Varek Raith  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:05:00pm

re: #52 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Youtube Video

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Hecuba's daughter  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:06:16pm

re: #49 jaunte

As I understand it, there is no legal way to automatically declassify that doesn’t require a record of the step.

Clearly a rationale created from whole cloth since Monday. Trump doesn’t read and the only things he did in the residence were watching TV and tweeting.

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austin_blue  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:10:42pm

re: #46 A Cranky One

Nuclear secret trucks on every corner.

Hi! I’d like two bean, bacon, and cheese breakfast tacos and the schematic design of the W-69 warhead, some salsa verde, and the design specs for the timed detonators of the shaped charges on the W-69

$2.99 for the tacos and the salsa and $2.99 billion for the nuke design?? Fantastic! Do you take Bitcoin?

Okay, then, let’s touch phones and we’re done!

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William Lewis  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:14:51pm

re: #52 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Woman posts approvingly of a RoP poster, guy jumps in to man-splain that it is not “canon”:

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A Cranky One  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:16:35pm

re: #47 Crush White Nationalism

You can use any Bluetooth keyboard with a phone. Before I started working from home, I carried a folding keyboard with me so I could write on a phone or tablet.

But then my rationalization that a phone is different than a PC is shattered.

How mean.

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sagehen  Aug 12, 2022 • 8:19:19pm

re: #52 Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus

Woman posts approvingly of a RoP poster, guy jumps in to man-splain that it is not “canon”:

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so… it’s “canon” that RoP cannot pass the Bechdel Test?

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The GOP is a racist terrorist organization  Aug 12, 2022 • 9:34:49pm

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