FBI RAIDS MAR-A-LAGO! - The Tuesday AM Quickie 8/9/22

"They even broke into my safe!" Instantly iconic line, everything about this rules,  just got back from seeing Rage Against the Machine so let's not bandy words up here ok goodbye. - Jack

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FBI Raids Mar-A-Lago!

What is happening! It's all happening! If this were 2012 and Reddit memes ruled the world I would be posting that Ron Paul gif where he waves his hands and it says "It's happening" while like a laser show plays in the background. It's happening!

On Monday evening, Donald Trump himself reported that the FBI was in the process of raiding his personal residence at Mar-A-Lago. This is obviously a massive event worthy of detailed explanatory coverage but also hahahahahaha sorry it's just so funny.

"These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents."

Yes. Yes!!! Hell yes!!!

"Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries. Sadly, America has now become one of those Countries, corrupt at a level not seen before. They even broke into my safe!"

They even broke into his safe!!! I'm sorry. Ok. Look, the full statement is just so perfectly full of Trump-voice at its best that you should go read it. Trump broke the news that he got raided himself!

But let's give some actual context. The Times reports that the FBI's search appears to have focused on documents that Trump took with him when he left the White House, many of them classified. This is the key detail:

Mr. Trump delayed returning 15 boxes of material requested by officials with the National Archives for many months, only doing so when there became a threat of action to retrieve them. The case was referred to the Justice Department by the archives early this year.

So basically Trump has a bunch of stuff that the DOJ really, really wants to see. And he apparently doesn't want the DOJ to see it. We'll see what that means when the dust settles a little.

A few other details: Trump wasn't there at the time; CNN reports he was in New York. Eric Trump claimed that "30" FBI agents participated in the raid. The right wing, of course, is already weaponizing this (read: crying about it extremely loudly).

I'm still not sure I'd put actual money on Trump being convicted of any crimes, but man, it sure doesn't look good for him. At the very least, the stacking legal cases might provide some small deterrent for his 2024 presidential campaign. Also, in case you're not caught up yet, they're incredibly funny. The safe!!


Ahmaud Arbery's Killers Get Life In Prison

Ahmaud Arbery's killers didn't get anything their lawyers asked for. Instead, they got some form of justice. Per the Times, "U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood said she had “neither the authority nor the inclination” to send the three white men to federal prison in lieu of the Georgia prison system," which is notoriously brutal. The two men, Travis McMichael and his father Gregory, who actively killed Mr. Arbery, both received life sentences. Their neighbor William Bryan, who chased Arbery but did not shoot him, got 35 years. Bryan is 52, meaning that a 35-year sentence is effectively life as well. I wouldn't wish the horrors of the U.S. carceral state on anyone, but if these men were expecting preferential treatment, they didn't get it. And if that system is capable of delivering justice, they'll certainly find out.

GOP Blocks Price Cap for Insulin

Diabetics in America truly cannot catch a break. And that's almost entirely due to the predatory practices enabled by one of our major political parties. On Monday, the Senate voted to pass a sweeping healthcare and climate bill that we discussed yesterday, but one detail slipped under my radar. In the bill, GOP Senators used a parliamentary trick to strip the price cap for insulin away from private insurance customers. The bill still includes a cap of $35 per month for Medicare recipients, which is progress, but that's not the vast majority of Americans – if you're on a private plan, there's no cap. Brutal.

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That's how many years worth of Alex Jones' text messages were just turned over to the January 6 commission. Interested to see where they go with those!


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"What is the difference between this and Watergate, where operatives broke into the Democrat National Committee? Here, in reverse, Democrats broke into the home of the 45th President of the United States."

– Donald Trump, using a metaphor that really isn't going to work out for him well.

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