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Donald Trump's mood has shifted as his legal liability keeps looking worse as more information comes out about why the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago.
On Saturday, The Washington Post published online a lengthy deep-dive on the events leading up to the search warrant and the resulting fallout. The story had correspondents Josh Dawsey, Rosalind S. Helderman, Jacqueline Alemany and Devlin Barrett on the byline.
The four reported, "Trump and his close allies quickly became transfixed by the events unfolding in Palm Beach, people familiar with the day said. Some monitored the agents via CCTV security cameras as they searched Trump’s office and personal quarters and a first-floor storage facility, another of his lawyers, Christina Bobb, told Fox News. Distracted, Trump kept jumping on the phone, Fischetti said, trying to figure out why the agents, casually dressed in khakis and polo shirts to cause less of a scene, were roaming the seaside facility he had tried to brand 'the winter White House,' which was mostly closed for the summer."
Trump initially thought the Espionage Act investigation would help him.
"Immediately after the search, Trump seemed to believe the FBI had played into his hands. Instead of exhibiting any concern, two people who spoke to him Monday evening both reported that Trump was 'upbeat,' convinced the Justice Department had overreached and would cause Republicans to rally to his cause and help him regain the presidency in 2024," the newspaper reported. "By Friday, however, the unsealed court records showed agents had seized 11 sets of classified documents, among other things. Republicans’ howls of protest became somewhat more muted, and people around Trump said his buoyant mood at times turned dark."
Donald Trump continues to employ a spaghetti legal defense as he figuratively throws things against the wall to see if anything will stick, after the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago earlier this week.
Trump has tried to claim that the documents in question were declassified. But there is no evidence of that, and legal experts say it is irrelevant under the criminal statues cited in the search warrant application and the FBI revealed classified information was obtained.
He has tried to claim the Department of Justice could have had the documents at any time, but the documents were reportedly subpoenaed and were apparently not turned over if the FBI found them at Mar-a-Lago on Monday.
And Trump falsely claimed Obama took classified documents to Chicago, which was debunked by the National Archives and Records Administration.
On Saturday, after bragging about setting fundraising records, Trump threw out a new defense.
"The 'White House' just announced that it had no knowledge of the early morning raid on Mar-a-Lago, or the break in of Melania’s closets, my safe’s, or the secured and locked storage area where unclassified documents were safely held, and which the FBI knew of, was shown, and made recommendations that another lock be added (which they cracked, but not with the safecracker that they brought with them!)," Trump posted to Truth Social, even though the White House said on Monday they learned of the search warrant from Twitter.
"Does anybody really believe that the White House didn’t know about this? Witch hunt!" Trump claimed, as he did during both of his impeachment trials.
Donald Trump's most passionate supporters are living in "different realities" as cult-like delusions like QAnon and election denialism rot the brains of everyone involved, according to The Daily Show's Jordan Klepper.
Klepper was interviewed by CNN's Jim Acosta after his most recent report on Trump supporters at a rally in Wisconsin.
Acosta played a clip of a Trump supporter claiming that the 2006 Robin Williams movie "Man of the Year" proves election fraud. The movie is not a documentary, but a comedy. IMDB describes the premise as "a comedian who hosts a news satire program decides to run for president, and a computerized voting machine malfunction gets him elected."
Another Trump supporter said 9/11 was an inside job and claimed John F. Kennedy, Jr. was still alive and would expose "globalists."
Klepper described what he thought he would learn from covering the rally. "I have to wonder whether you rank some of these conspiracy theories... like this was the best, this was the second best. I suppose it would happen by the day that you would do this sort of ranking. But, i mean, it's just remarkable what folks come up with."
"I will say, for this piece we went out talking about issues for the midterms, we thought we were going to get reactions on the overturning of the Roe vs. Wade and people were jumping down our throats talking about JFK, Jr., — not just one person, multiple people, everyone we came up to," Klepper said.
"It is shocking to us, this cult of MAGA-ism is melting brains, full stop," he explained." "And you talk to people and you realize when you normalize the idea that a dead dictator is affecting our elections, people's brains get thirsty, they start looking for other ideas, and suddenly they resurrect the dead child of a former president and so suddenly you're amidst these say seances of political ideas coming out of sheer boredom."
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