Word has started to come out that former President Donald Trump said he declassified the documents he had at Mar-A-Lago because he was afraid incoming President Joe Biden would destroy them because they were evidence of various plots against him.
Trump told several people before leaving office that he believed the documents in question would reveal “Deep State” plotting against him and that Biden might “shred” or burn the documents to destroy the evidence, according to a Rolling Stone piece dated this week.
Specifically, the documents had to do with the 2016 Russian collusion plot against him.
Trump said that he and former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows worked on declassifying the documents right up until Biden took office on Inauguration day.
“I think they thought it was something to do with the Russia, Russia, Russia hoax,” Trump also told a Newsmax host during a radio interview last week.
“They were afraid that things were in there — part of their scam material,” he added.
Former DNI chief under Trump John Ratcliffe said last week on Fox News that he didn’t believe the FBI found what they were looking for in the raid.
“I was a former federal prosecutor, United States attorney. Let me tell you what this is about. Good prosecutors with good cases play it straight. They don’t need to play games,” Ratcliffe said about Justice Department officials. “They don’t need to shop for judges, they don’t need to leak intelligence that may or may not exist.”
No nuclear secrets
The DOJ’s fight against appointing a special master to review the materials seized “tells you that the government didn’t find what they were looking for,” Ratcliffe continued.
“There weren’t nuclear secrets” at Mar-A-Lago, he pointed out, “and they’re trying to justify what they’ve done. They’re not playing it straight before the American people. I think that that’s going to play out.”
Many Republicans believe that the DOJ was looking to indict Trump ahead of the midterm elections to interfere with his influence over many voters, but an unwritten deadline of 60 days before the election has passed, and the DOJ traditionally doesn’t hand down indictments any closer to the election because of the possible appearance of attempted interference.
Then again, they really, really want to get Trump, so we will see what happens.