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Crime Donald Trump Espionage

‘Multiple’ Secret Service Agents Will Testify Before Grand Jury In Classified Documents Probe

As the investigation of failed former president Donald Trump’s mishandling of classified documents continues to gain steam, Fox News is reporting that “multiple” Secret Service agents assigned to protect the ex-president will testify this week before a grand jury impaneled by Special Counsel Jack Smith.

According to Fox’s Bret Baier, “FOX News is told multiple U.S. Secret Service agents connected to Former President Donald Trump have been subpoenaed & are expected to testify before the D.C. grand jury likely on Friday. The grand jury appearances are related to the Special Counsel Jack Smith probe into the handling of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.”

Testimony from members of Trump’s security detail is seen as essential to the case being built against him by the Justice Department because as a former president, Trump is constantly surrounded by Secret Service protection.

The Fox report is the latest bad news for Trump, who will surrender in Manhattan on Tuesday after being indicted by a New York grand jury on 34 counts related to hush money he allegedly paid hush money to Stormy Daniels and then falsified business records to hide the deed.

Additionally, the Justice Department also believes it has all the evidence it needs to prove Trump obstructed justice in the matter of the top-secret documents he hoarded at his Florida resort. Text messages from an aide to the former president reportedly indicate that he did indeed move boxes of documents to hide them from the FBI.

 

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GOP Gun Crime Gun Nuts Joe Biden WTF?!

Greene Demands President Biden Give Up Secret Service Protection After Nashville School Shooting

It’s another dark day in the United States, with yet another mass shooting at a school, leaving six dead.

CNN reports from the scene in Nashville:

At least three students and three adults are dead following a shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee, police said Monday.

“We now know that there are three students who were fatally wounded as well as three adults inside the school. We are working to identify those victims. Including the shooter, a total of seven persons were killed as a result of this morning’s incident at the school,” Don Aaron of the Metro Nashville Police Department said.

Five of the six shooting victims were transported, Aaron said. All those who were shot are dead, he added.

“Three students who were shot are deceased. Three staff members who were shot are deceased,” Aaron told reporters.

After the shooting, President Joe Biden remarked, “We have to do more to stop gun violence. It’s ripping our communities apart. It’s ripping at the very soul of the nation. We have to do more to protect our schools so they aren’t turned into prisons.”

But according to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), blame for the shooting lies with the president and he should give up his Secret Service protection immediately.

On Twitter, Greene posted this hateful screed:

“My prayers are with the victims and families at the Covenant School in Nashville. Another absolutely horrific needless tragedy. Children and school staff should always be protected the same way politicians, money, precious stones, and gold are protected, but even more so, by good guys with guns. Thank God for good guys with guns and thank God a good guy with a gun killed the evil mentally deranged shooter today. Joe Biden’s gun free school zones have endangered children at schools leaving them as innocent targets of sick horrible disturbed people ever since he worked as a Senator to pass this foolish law. What a fool. What a failure. Gun grabbers like Joe Biden and Democrats should give up their Secret Service protection and put themselves on the same level as our unprotected innocent precious children at school. School shootings should NEVER happen and will end immediately when our nations children are defended the same way Joe Biden is by good guys with guns!!! End this now.”

Of course, the president hasn’t grabbed anyone’s guns and doesn’t want to, either. What he wants is sensible gun reform laws and a ban on assault weapons. We had an assault weapons ban for 10 years, from 1994 to 2004, and the republic didn’t come crashing down during that time.

Greene’s tweet was met with resistance from others on Twitter.

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Congress GOP Joe Biden

Secret Service On The Verge Of Betraying Biden To House GOP Investigators: Report

The U.S. Secret Service is supposed to protect the president and members of his family, but it now appears the agency is about to sell President Joe Biden down the proverbial river by turning over information to Republican investigators in the House of Representatives about who has visited Biden at his home in Delaware since he took office.

Fox News reports that the Secret Service is making it clear they will indeed turn over any information to House investigators who want to hold hearings on classified documents found at the president’s home.

The U.S. Secret Service is prepared to offer names of individuals who visited President Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware, home if requested by Congress, Fox News has learned.

The White House continues to insist that there exists no formal visitor log for the personal residence where two troves of classified documents were found. 

While the White House has not kept a formal list, the Secret Service does collect information on guests with regular access to the home. 

This comes shortly after U.S. Secret Service chief of communications Anthony Guglielmi told reporters:

“The Secret Service does not maintain visitor logs at the private residences of protectees. While the Secret Service does generate law enforcement and criminal justice information records for various individuals who may come into contact with Secret Service protected sites, we are not able to comment further as this speaks to the means and methods of our protective operations.”

But a source has informed Fox that the Secret Service is ready to provide available background information on guests who have visited Biden’s home.

In late December, there were reports that Biden didn’t feel safe to speak freely around members of his Secret Service detail, with the Independent noting:

President Joe Biden was so disturbed by the Secret Service’s handling of text messages sought by the House January 6 select committee that he stopped speaking candidly in the presence of special agents assigned to his protection detail, a new book on the Biden White House has revealed.

In The Fight of His Life: Inside Joe Biden’s White House, author Chris Whipple writes that Mr Biden’s discomfort with the post-Trump era agency began early on in his presidency, when it became clear that “some of” the agents charged with protecting him from assassination were strong supporters of the man he defeated in the 2020 election, former president Donald Trump.

Indeed, the Secret Service was only too happy to “accidentally” delete thousands of text messages sent by agents on the day of the Capitol insurrection, but now they sound eager to provide House Republicans with whatever information they want.

Maybe it’s time for President Biden to demand that the Secret Service be completely overhauled and depoliticized. If it isn’t, no Democratic president will ever feel safe.

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Capitol Insurrection January 6

Deleted Secret Service Texts May Contain Information On Suspected DC Pipe Bomber

Though the story didn’t get nearly as much attention as what transpired on January 6, 2021, a day before the Capitol insurrection which left five people dead, the night before, on January 5, a pipe bomb was planted outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The same person who planted that bomb then proceeded to the Republican National Headquarters and placed one there, too, ABC News notes:

Wearing a sweatshirt with the hood pulled up, a pair of Air Max Speed Turf shoes with a yellow Nike logo, a backpack and gloves, the suspect walked through alleyways and equipped with what investigators say were two pipe bombs.

“They would have exploded. They could have exploded,” Steven D’Antuono, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office told ABC News Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas Tuesday. “They are viable devices that could have gone off and exploded, causing a lot of serious injury or death.”

Oddly, the U.S. Secret Service missed the device when they did a routine sweep of the area in anticipation of Vice President Kamala Harris visiting the DNC headquarters. How did they manage to bungle that when their main job is protecting the president and vice president?

Now, of course, the Secret Service is alleging they cannot locate thousands of text messages sent by agents on both Jan. 5 and 6, which is causing plenty of speculation that the missing texts might just be related to the bomb investigation and/or possible suspects.

Were those pipe bombs missed because someone had targeted Harris? There’s all sorts of knowledgeable people asking that question today.

This entire thing stinks to high heaven and suggests that the Secret Service may be compromised. It’s time to put the agency under the microscope and investigate them until we get to the bottom of this.

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Capitol Insurrection January 6

The J6 Committee Can Recover The Information In Those Deleted Secret Service Text Messages – Here’s How

Now that the U.S. Secret Service has told the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol that they are unable to retrieve any text messages sent by agents on Jan. 5 or 6, many are wondering if the House panel will ever be able to obtain any insight into what took place within the Trump inner circle on the day of the riots.

The Washington Post reported earlier this week:

The U.S. Secret Service has determined it has no new texts to provide Congress relevant to its Jan. 6 investigation, and that any other texts its agents exchanged around the time of the 2021 attack on the Capitol were purged, according to a senior official briefed on the matter.

Also, the National Archives on Tuesday sought more information on “the potential unauthorized deletion” of agency text messages. The U.S. government’s chief record-keeper asked the Secret Service to report back to the Archives within 30 days about the deletion of any records, including describing what was purged and the circumstances of how the documentation was lost.

But according to former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner, even though the texts may have been deleted, there’s still a way to get the information contained in them.

Appearing on MSNBC Wednesday evening, Kirschner told host Joy Reid:

“One way you can try to recreate what those text messages said is to put everybody under subpoena. Place them under oath and ask them, for example, when you were in the basement of the Capitol in the loading dock trying to urge the vice president to get into the car and he said what Representative (Jamie) Raskin said were the six most chilling words, ‘I’m not getting in the car,’ what did you communicate to your fellow Secret Service agents? I mean, put them under oath and sweat them.”

Kirschner added that there’s already enough evidence for federal prosecutors to begin investigating what became of the Secret Service texts:

“You know, look, at this point, Joy, let’s call it what it is. They were asked to preserve texts and they deleted them. That, to me, feels like what we call adequate predication, a fancy term for enough evidence to open a criminal probe. If the Secret Service did nothing wrong, then they should welcome an FBI investigation into something that really looks nefarious?”