Of all the crimes that Donald Trump is alleged to have committed during his reign of treasonous terror as commander-in-chief, obstruction of justice may just be the one that does him in.
The Department of Justice’s Tuesday night filing suggests indictments for obstruction of justice and causing false statements to investigators could be on the horizon.
In a 36-page response to Trump’s demanding the confidential government documents are returned and a special master be appointed to review what the former president claims are “privileged” records.
Prosecutors for the DOJ assert that Trump was “likely taking efforts to obstruct justice,” Vox reports:
“The government also developed evidence that government records were likely concealed and removed from the Storage Room and that efforts were likely taken to obstruct the government’s investigation.”
Over 100 documents deemed to be classified were retrieved including three located in Trump’s desk at his Mar-a-Lago office.
Some of the information was among the highest level of classification requiring Justice Department and FBI officials to get extra clearance just to review them.
In June, attorneys for the former President claimed that all relevant documents had been returned—clearly a lie.
The DOJ believes Trump and his aides may have tried to hide evidence prior to the August 8th search.
This signals not only intent, but prior knowledge of the warrant’s intended execution. According to Vox:
“Trump’s lawyers claimed to the DOJ there were no other classified documents at Mar-a-Lago in June. After handing over what they claimed were the remaining classified documents in a sealed legal envelope, a Trump lawyer ‘represented that there were no other records stored in any private office space or other location at the Premises and that all available boxes were searched.’ That envelope contained ’38 unique documents bearing classification markings including . . . 17 documents marked as TOP SECRET.'”
Trump and his attorneys have moved the goalposts multiple times after the search.
Claims the FBI planted the materials were quickly debunked and the narrative soon switched to false claims that they were “declassified” prior to Trump leaving office.
When that didn’t work the talking point just became, “give them back, they’re mine.”
After five years of watching the rule of law go unenforced and unheeded, obstruction of justice charges appear to be the clearest path to justice for Americans enraged by Trump’s impunity from the consequences of his actions.
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