Here’s what we know. He has flushed government documents. He has without clearance or authorization moved at least 15 boxes of government documents and other materials from the White House to his residence in Florida.
Those are facts. And those facts are hard, tangible, physical evidence of criminal activity.
We will learn more. We will learn the subjects and contents of those documents. We will learn whether any of those documents are classified. But a central fact—the central fact—has largely been established. Presidential documents were handled illegally.
No, this is not a “witch hunt.” No, this search was not “politically motivated.” No, it’s not a “hoax” or “fake news.” No, he is not being “persecuted,” and he is anything but a “victim.” He has not been treated “unfairly.”
And it doesn’t appear to have anything to do with “Hillary.” Agreed?
Sure, these mounds of evidence will have political value to his opponents. They should. They should disqualify him from future public service. But this search was not initiated for political reasons. It was conducted for legal reasons, and it was done by the book. It was executed because there is overwhelming probable cause that crimes have been committed. It was mandated by a legal search warrant that had to meet an extremely high and stringent legal standard, given Trump’s status as a former president.
The system worked in this instance, up to this point. We are a nation of laws, and no one is above those laws.
Though he never submitted it, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milly was right when he drafted a letter of resignation in June of 2020 that accused Trump of “doing great and irreparable harm to my country,” and that Trump had made “a concerted effort over time to politicize the United States military.” That does not describe a Commander in Chief. It accurately describes a wannabe dictator.
Here’s what struck me about Monday’s death of Olivia Newton-John. I never before fully realized the uplifting and inspiring impact she had on girls and young women, particularly at a time when the voices of girls and young women often went unheard.
Finally, I leave you on this Tuesday with a question. What kind of idiot species plays “Russian Roulette” with a nuclear power plant?