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Espionage and Trump part 7: The Snitch

The Snitch; Who Is It?

The Guardian: Suspicions about an FBI informant initially centered on Nicholas Luna, the longtime Trump body-man who stepped back from his duties, and Molly Michael, the former Trump Oval Office Ops chief, who remains on payroll but is due to soon depart.

where we're at is that there are people betting online about who is talking to the FBI about Trump:

Is Barrack flipping? Flynn-backed plan to transfer nuclear tech to Saudis may have broken laws, say whistleblowers Investigators fear President Trump is still considering the plan, which was pushed by Flynn and Trump friend Tom Barrack.

Likely. He's been indicted & trial set for Sept. Barrack connects to Deripaska (houses were raided), Putin & Blavatnik & thereby Mitch, Graham & others. Barrack demanded docs for his trial & #DOJ couldn't find them in Archives, so searched MAL?

Is Ivanka Trump going nuclear on her dad?

Milk. Bagged salad. Giving Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt. These are all things which don’t tend to age particularly well. See, for an example of that last item, a segment from Fox News on Thursday where Dana Perino, the former George W Bush White House press secretary, was up in arms over the FBI raiding Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property. “Short of the nuclear codes being written on these documents, locked behind closed doors, I don’t understand how a document could warrant this kind of … warrant,” Perino scoffed. A commentator on CNN expressed the same opinion: “Anything short of finding the nuclear codes at Mar-a-Lago is going to hugely backfire on the Biden administration.”

As I’m sure I don’t need to tell you, it appears that FBI agents were looking for secret documents about nuclear weapons when they searched Mar-a-Lago on Monday. There were always suspicions that Trump might try to smuggle some silver out of the White House when he left – maybe pilfer a piece of art or two – but I’m not sure anybody was quite expecting that he would take classified nuclear documents to his beach house. Trump, by the way, is denying the claims, which were first reported by the Washington Post. “Nuclear weapons is a hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia was a hoax,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform on Friday.

Details of the Mar-a-Lago raid are still emerging and, as it stands, there are still a lot more questions than answers. One of the biggest questions being: who snitched? Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen reckons it was definitely a member of the former president’s circle. Speaking to Insider on Thursday, Cohen said that he “would not be surprised to find out [the informant] is Jared or one of his children … Who else would know about the existence of a safe and the specific contents kept inside?”

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump certainly make the most sense when it comes to possible informants. The couple controversially had top-secret security clearance when they were advising Trump in the White House and were very close to the former president’s affairs. The PR-savvy pair have also been distancing themselves from Trump ever since he left the White House. Ivanka Trump has very publicly rejected his big lie that the election was stolen, telling the congressional panel investigating the insurrection at the US Capitol on 6 January 2021 that she doesn’t believe her father’s false claims. Most recently the tabloids have been full of anonymous reports about how Ivanka Trump is trying to stop Trump from running for a second term. Javanka are very clearly out to protect themselves, even if it means handing dear old dad into the feds.

We may never know who turned on Trump, of course. The only thing we can say for sure at this point is that Trump has had a remarkably bad week. Being suspected of stealing nuclear documents would be bad enough by itself, but the former president is facing legal trouble from a number of different directions. After being raided by the FBI on Monday, Trump travelled to New York on Wednesday to be deposed in the state attorney general’s investigation into his business dealings. Can he come back from all of this? Tune into next week’s episode of You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, to see!

  • The FBI recovered 11 boxes of classified documents during the Mar-a-Lago raid, court documents say.

  • Sources told The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek that someone told the feds about the materials and where to look.

  • Mary Trump, a vocal critic of her uncle, said she thinks Jared Kushner may have been the informant.

Mary Trump said she thinks the person who may have given the FBI information about documents held at Mar-a-Lago by her uncle, former President Donald Trump, could be Jared Kushner.

She made the comments during a radio interview on Friday with The Dean Obeidallah Show. The host asked her who she thinks could be the "Mar-a-Lago mole" after reports said the FBI was tipped off by an informant close to the former president.

"We need to start with who would have access to this stuff. I don't think Mark Meadows would have access to it," Mary Trump began, dismissing the former chief of staff.

"I think we need to look very hard at why Jared got $2 billion," she said, referring to an investment into Kushner's private equity firm by a fund led by Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. "We need to look very hard at why he has been so quiet for so many months now."

"And we need to think about who could also be implicated in this that would need as big a play as turning Donald in in order to get out of trouble, or at least to mitigate the trouble they're in," she continued. "It sounds like somebody in Jared's position. I'm not saying it's Jared, but it could be."

Mary Trump, who has been a consistent and vocal critic of her uncle, wasn't the first person to point the finger at Kushner.

Michael Cohen, Trump's former attorney and fixer, told Insider's Natalie Musumeci on Thursday he too thought Kushner could be the FBI informant.

"It's definitely a member of his inner circle," Cohen said, adding he "would not be surprised to find out it is Jared or one of his children."

"Who else would know about the existence of a safe and the specific contents kept inside?" Cohen, who has also become a vocal Trump critic, said.

The FBI on Monday conducted the unprecedented raid on Mar-a-Lago. Court documents unsealed Friday showed the search was part of an investigation into potential violations of three laws related to handling government documents, including part of the Espionage Act. The documents also showed FBI agents recovered 11 boxes of classified materials.

Speculation about an informant followed reports earlier this week in The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek, which both cited unnamed sources.

Newsweek reported two government officials with knowledge of the raid said a person informed law enforcement there were certain documents at Mar-a-Lago. The sources also said the person knew where on the sprawling property the documents were being stored.

The Journal later corroborated the information, reporting that sources familiar with the situation said someone told investigators there were more classified materials at Mar-a-Lago than the 15 boxes Trump had turned over earlier this year.

Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, served as a senior adviser to his father-in-law. He and his wife, who also served as a senior adviser to her father, have largely remained out of the public eye since departing the White House last year.

Kushner wrote in his forthcoming memoir, titled "Breaking History: A White House Memoir," that he was ready for the end of Trump's presidency.

"It's been a wild five years, but in thirty days, we'll have a lot less responsibility and we will get our lives back," Kushner told Ivanka, according to the memoir, which was obtained by Insider.

Read the original article on Business Insider

I love that Mary Trump thinks this and I love that Donald is going to read that Mary Trump thinks this

And I love that Jared is going to think that Donald is going to think this. Makes my day… somewhat less disgusting reading about Jared reading Daily Nat’l Security Briefings

Mary Trump: 'You have to look seriously at Jared Kushner' as an FBI informant

During an appearance on MSNBC on Sunday afternoon, Donald Trump's niece, Mary Trump, claimed there are a multitude of reasons to believe that Jared Kushner is the FBI informant working with the Justice Department before the Mar-a-Lago search -- possibly to avoid a criminal investigation of his own.

Agreeing with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen that there is something suspicious about the fact there is no hint that the DOJ is scrutinizing Kushner's $2 billion business deal with the Saudis, the ex-president's niece said that should raise red flags for her uncle.

"We need to look at the potential pool of people which would be very, very small that would benefit from -- potentially benefit from -- the documents that Donald allegedly stole," she suggested. "You have to look seriously at Jared Kushner in that instance because, first of all, he was not supposed to get security clearance and that decision by top security professionals was overridden."

"He recently got $2 billion from the Saudi government to fund this hedge fund company he started," she continued. "Nobody has been asking tough questions about why wasn't he supposed to get a security clearance? Why was that overridden? Also, why haven't we heard anything from this guy for months now?"

"So let me just take what you've said and put it back this way," host Witt interjected. "Would it mean that by cooperating with the government Jared Kushner or someone in his world would then be immune or at least escape, you know, further investigation, any prosecution if he did anything wrong, maybe, if he did something wrong?"

"Yeah, two things: first of all we know how this works," Trump replied. "We know they always want to get the bigger fish. So, if somebody like Jared is in a position to see that he might be in a lot of trouble, there's really only one person who has more power, more interest than he does in these documents, right?"

"The other thing we need to remember about Donald's relationship with his children and probably with his son-in-law," she continued. "It's entirely conditional and transactional. The point at which one party begins to realize that there is nothing in it for him or her anymore is the point at which they part ways."

Jared is up to his eyeballs in crimes and after his daddy went to prison he does seem the type to flip for a deal.

The Guardian: The lack of insight into what DOJ intends to do about Trump’s unauthorized retention of government documents has deeply frustrated the Trump legal team and aides alike in a week of perilous moments for the former president.

The Guardian: The existence of potential witnesses who could yet cooperate against Trump – seemingly people with intimate knowledge of his activities – rattled close advisors once more Monday, further deepening distrust inside his political circle.


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