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In discussion with legal analyst Elie Honig, CNN's Jim Acosta couldn't help but quote late actor John Belushi as Joliet Jake Blues in "The Blues Brothers," when he begs Carrie Fisher not to kill him. Acosta noted it is remarkably similar to former President Donald Trump's comments over the past several days that keep evolving.
"Oh, please don't kill us! Please, please don't kill us. You know I love you, baby. I wouldn't leave you! It wasn't my fault! ... I ran out of gas! I got a flat tire! I didn’t have change for cab fare! I lost my tux at the cleaners! I locked my keys in the car! An old friend came in from out of town! Someone stole my car! There was an earthquake! A terrible flood! Locusts! IT WASN’T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!"
"We've heard multiple excuses," said Acosta. "First, it was the FBI planted evidence. Then Trump claimed it was all declassified. That they didn't need to seize anything. They could have had it anytime they wanted. I think today he is saying some of the stuff is privileged, attorney/client material."
So, Honig walked through some of the excuses and struck them down, one by one.
"The declassification argument: it is possible President Trump declassified some of the documents before he left the White House. You would expect there would be some record, some evidence, some paper trail or witness to support it. All we've seen is statements, yes, we declassified. It remains to be seen. Also, important to note, of the three laws that DOJ listed on their search warrant documents that justified the search, none have anything to do with whether these documents were adequately classified or declassified."
The next idea from Trump is that the FBI simply could have asked for the documents and that they didn't need a search warrant.
"They did ask. The National Archives asked and only got some of the documents. DOJ asked. They tried to subpoena. That's the easy way. They still didn't get all the documents. That defense holds no water," explained Honig.
Trump even alleged at one point that Mar-a-Lago was broken into and compared the search warrant to the DNC break-in at the Watergate.
"This was not a break-in. We've seen the paperwork," he continued. "DOJ did the same paperwork I've done many times and a judge signed off this is a lawfully authorized search warrant. It should not be called a break-in."
"I can't believe that he got that one wrong, Elie," Acosta cut in. "Can you break down the Espionage Act for us? What are we talking about here? Some people may not understand what the possibilities are with that."
"The Espionage Act sounds dramatic and there are portions that bring to mind cinematic cloak and dagger type of things," said the former prosecutor. "The limited subsection that's alleged in the papers relates to mishandling of defense information. It essentially makes it a crime to mishandle, to take, and to transmit national security information if you know or have a reason to know that dissemination of that information could be harmful to U.S. national security interests. It's not nearly James Bond stuff but it's still vital, how we store and protect our national secrets."
See the full conversation below:
In a sit down with Rudy Giuliani in an empty restaurant, a Newsmax host asked if he thought the American government would ever kill him.
The host recalled the comments from Giuliani that the FBI search warrant to retrieve classified documents from Mar-a-Lago was the kind of thing that happened in third-world countries with unstable governments.
"All the time. They kill them. They arrest them. They put their families in jail," Giuliani began.
"Should Donald Trump be in any fear of the deep state maybe killing him," asked John Tabacco.
"I do," said Giuliani. "In many different ways, I do. The amount of hatred generated toward him is the kind of hatred we worry about that would set off a sick person. I mean, if there is anything to the fact that, that hatred can set off sick people. There's no one where more hatred has been generated by the mainstream media — who do they hate more than Donald Trump. They display it at, uh, Emmy awards, they display it at — everywhere."
Former President Barack Obama was the first presidential candidate in history to be given Secret Service protection before he was declared the nominee because there were so many threats on his life. He was assigned protection in May of 2007. He declared his intention to run four months prior. It wasn't until June 3, 2008, he won enough states to become the nominee.
That never happened with Donald Trump in 2016, however. See the Giuliani video below or at this link.
Rudy being Rudy..... again youtu.be
Andrew Yang backpedals on Mar-a-Lago search tweets as CNN's Jim Acosta tries to get a straight answer
This week after the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago for classified information, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang went on the attack against Attorney General Merrick Garland, purporting that the execution of a search warrant was politically motivated and attacking President Joe Biden.
\u201cIt seems like this was authorized by a local judge and a particular FBI office without buy-in or notification of higher levels of government. But literally no one will believe that or make a distinction. It\u2019s probably bureaucratic but it seems political.\u201d— Andrew Yang\ud83e\udde2\u2b06\ufe0f\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Andrew Yang\ud83e\udde2\u2b06\ufe0f\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1660049627
\u201c\u201cIf they raided his home just to find classified documents he took from The White House,\u201d one legal expert noted, \u201che will be re-elected president in 2024, hands down. It will prove to be the greatest law enforcement mistake in history.\u201d https://t.co/xMznFPn0UG\u201d— Andrew Yang\ud83e\udde2\u2b06\ufe0f\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Andrew Yang\ud83e\udde2\u2b06\ufe0f\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1660049627
As more information has become known, Yang has been forced to walk back some of the attacks. Speaking to CNN's Jim Acosta on Sunday, Yang was backpedaling even more. When asked about it, he pivoted to the horrific attacks being seen on FBI agents and their families.
"But are you saying that -- I don't think you answered my question," Acosta came back. "Are you saying the attorney general had political motivations with this search at Mar-a-Lago?"
"Oh, I trust that all of the DOJ employees, and particularly the FBI agents, are faithful public servants discharging their duty," Yang said, still refusing to answer. "And it hurts us all that people are singling out individuals in the way that Donie [O'Sullivan' described. It's really awful."
So, Acosta asked again.
"Right. But going back to your tweet that you posted in response to this, you seemed to be suggesting that it was okay for the former president to be bringing top-secret documents to Mar-a-Lago. Is that what you're saying?"
Yang insisted that it wasn't acceptable and then blamed the reports, implying that his opinion changed after further information became revealed and after Garland made a public statement. That didn't stop Acosta, however.
"Right, and Donie was laying out the shifting explanations for why Trump had these documents at Mar-a-Lago," the host said. "We can put that graphic up on screen again. Talking about everything from, well, the documents were declassified in advance. Today Trump is saying they fall under attorney/client privilege. And some of the people who work for Trump, and Trump even himself, have suggested that these documents were planted. Do you buy any of the explanations coming from Trump and his team?"
Yang conceded that the rapidly evolving excuses and explanations continue to be inconsistent. He blamed the collective denialism of the electorate, however.
"But the tough reality we're in, Jim, which you and I both know is there are now maybe 100 or 1,000 different versions of reality that are being accepted by Americans of different ideological backgrounds. And it's going to be very, very difficult," said Yang.
Acosta came back again.
"Forgive me for trying to pin you down, Andrew. Are you okay with Trump taking top-secret documents to Mar-a-Lago? Let's put it that way," he asked.
Yang finally made it clear that he wasn't.
Watch the exchange below
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