Nearly two weeks ago the FBI served a search warrant on the Palm Beach resort that Donald Trump calls home. What he deliberately mischaracterizes as a “raid” of Mar-a-Lago was a legal operation intended to retrieve national security documents that Trump had swiped from the White House as he was being booted out the door.
In the days following the FBI’s visit, Trump and his protectors in politics and the press unfurled a litany of the lamest lies and excuses for his having violated the law and placing the country in peril. Even his own attorneys were proffering contradictory explanations for Trump’s crimes.
Having failed utterly to present a version of events that approaches reality, Trump is now resorting to a tactic that he has used frequently in the past. He is threatening (pretending) to file a lawsuit to avenge the affront that he feels he has been victim to. Or is he? The statement Trump posted on his floundering Twitter ripoff, TRUTH Social, is a typically confused word salad that barely qualifies as coherent. He wrote that…
“A major motion pertaining to the Fourth Amendment will soon be filed concerning the illegal Break-In of my home, Mar-a-Lago, right before the ever important Mid-Term Elections. My rights, together with the rights of all Americans, have been violated at a level rarely seen before in our Country. Remember, they even spied on my campaign. The greatest Witch Hunt in USA history has been going on for six years, with no consequences to the scammers. It should not be allowed to continue!”
What Trump means by “a major motion” is anyone’s guess. Is it a motion in a proceeding that is already in progress? Is he announcing a new lawsuit? If so, against whom?
Trump’s whining about the FBI’s action being an “illegal Break-In” is preposterous. As is his reference to the Fourth Amendment. One of his incompetent lawyers probably read him part of the Amendment and Trump ran with it. The Fourth Amendment states that…
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue…”
Which is where Trump likely interrupted and demanded that his mangled interpretation of “justice” be sought as he made a “major motion” with his tiny hands to dispatch his lawyers on this fool’s mission. Had he listened to the rest of the Amendment, he would have heard that “no warrants shall issue…”
“…but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Each and every one of those stipulations was met by the FBI in order to get a judge to signoff on the search warrant. Right-wing Republicans like to deceitfully edit the Bill of Rights to make it conform to their warped worldview. That’s why they only recognize the last half of the Second Amendment that says that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed,” while ignoring the first half that species the requirement that it be within “A well regulated Militia”
Trump’s statement also employs his psychotic suggestion that whatever offense he thinks is directed at him, is actually an offense on all Americans. He would be correct if he just added to his argument “all Americans who break the law.” Instead, he tacked on his tedious whimpering about “Witch Hunts” and the long ago debunked lie about spying on his campaign.
It’s astonishing that Trump’s cult followers haven’t gotten tired of his wretched and repetitious rants. He, and they, are stuck in a pathetic replaying of the same ponderous pleadings in a perpetual loop. And they are always about how he is such a victim of nefarious foes that, despite his superior intelligence and strength, he is always losing to. Which is one of the many reasons that he would make a really awful superhero.
UPDATE: It appears that what Trump might be referring to is a motion for the court to appoint a “special master” to review the materials retrieved by the FBI. That is hardly a “major” motion since the FBI is already employing a “filter team” for such reviews, which is essentially the same thing.
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