The clock is ticking on Donald Trump. The former President is facing down a barrage of legal troubles, from accusations of election interference, incitement, sedition and espionage - not all provable, but all shocking when centered on a man who was once Commander in Chief.
Trump's first criminal indictment may be just around the corner after a late-night filing from the Department of Justice (DOJ) that showed image proof that Trump's team lied in a legal filing earlier this year.
DoJ Images Showed that Trump Team Lied About Turning Over All Documents
The DOJ filed a jaw-dropping report late Tuesday alleging that documents were "likely concealed and removed" from a room in Mar-a-Lago in an effort to obstruct an investigation by the FBI into Trump's mishandling of classified information.
CNN writes, "More than 320 classified documents have now been recovered from Mar-a-Lago, the Justice Department said, including more than 100 in the FBI search earlier this month.
Tuesday's filing represents the Justice Department's strongest case to date that Trump concealed classified material he was keeping at Mar-a-Lago in an attempt to obstruct the FBI's investigation into the potential mishandling of classified material."
The shocking revelation comes as the DOJ moves to oppose Trump's attempts to appoint a "special master" to oversee document processing in the case of those removed from Mar-a-Lago.
The DOJ filings explain that Trump has been pushing an incomplete picture to the public, and clearly lays out how the former POTUS failed to return at least 100 classified documents after his lawyers swore that he had complied with a request to do so earlier this year. CNN adds, "A picture on the final page of the filing showing classified documents arrayed on the floor of Trump's office -- full of highly classified markings like 'HCS,' meaning human intelligence sources -- hammered home how sensitive the material Trump had taken was.
At issue is Trump's compliance with a grand jury subpoena, issued in May, demanding that he turn over classified documents from Mar-a-Lago. Prosecutors said Tuesday that some documents were likely removed from a storage room before Trump's lawyers examined the area, while they were trying to comply with the subpoena. The timeline is essential, because Trump's lawyers later told investigators that they searched the storage area and that all classified documents were accounted for."
When the FBI initially searched for documents in June, Trump's lawyer limited their search. It's likely that an informant provided them with the information they needed to execute the now-infamous search warrant, which led them to discovering the rest of the hidden documents, which Trump claims he has the right to take - but the DOJ says belongs to the National Archives or other government agencies, not any individual person.
Many Legal Experts Believe Trump Indictment is Coming
Trump's allies scrambled to come up with a good explanation in the wake of the images which clearly show that Trump did in fact not turn over all the documents he legally swore to have done - finding it harder and harder to defend the former President as the nation descends farther down the rabbit hole.
Trump took to Truth Social earlier this morning to blast off a few posts, including, "Terrible the way the FBI, during the Raid of Mar-a-Lago, threw documents haphazardly all over the floor (perhaps pretending it was me that did it!), and then started taking pictures of them for the public to see. Thought they wanted them kept Secret? Lucky I Declassified!" and "So now the con man Special Agent of the FBI has announced, right after getting caught RIGGING the 2020 Presidential Election (and many other things!), and getting blasted by his 'bosses,' that it would be a wonderful time for him to 'retire.' What damage he has done to our nation. Look at us, we have become strictly Third World!"
But no amount of anger or righteous indignation on the part of supporters will stop the Department of Justice's investigation, which rolls on. And indictments could be close now that the DOJ is likely wrapping up their review of the documents. Even before the public became aware of the documents being stored at Mar-a-Lago, other investigations were beginning to heat up. In Georgia, an investigation into Trump's efforts at election interference are being bolstered by his social media rampage yesterday that once again reinforced his assertion that he should be retroactively declared winner of the 2020 election, despite a preponderance of evidence that there was no fraud.
And even Trump's Truth Social is having trouble. Google just announced that they would not allow the social media app on their Android App store, because it does not meet their moderation standards. Apple may soon join them in banning the FPOTUS's app.
All in all, Trump's August keeps getting worse.