Right now, every affiliation with the FBI, from special agent to paralegal to DOJ intern, is becoming increasingly dangerous. Now Trump is threatening to release the FBI search video, which would put the lives of the 30 specialists in a far more dangerous position without giving Trump a decisive advantage.
Some of Trump’s allies are opposed to the idea.
From yesterday’s report from CNN:
Some allies of former President Donald Trump are urging him to release surveillance footage of FBI agents executing a search warrant at his Mar-a-Lago residence, a suggestion that has drawn mixed reactions in his orbit, CNN has learned. The CCTV footage has been preserved so accurately that the former president’s staff are not sure he saw it in full himself, said a person close to Trump.
A person familiar with the talks said there had been discussions about showing the August footage in campaign-style ads and believed the footage could bolster Trump’s claims of political persecution. A second person close to Trump warned that releasing the footage could backfire by giving people a visual understanding of the sheer volume of material federal agents have seized from his oceanfront residence, including classified materials.
Just as Trump’s request that the affidavit that formed the basis of the search warrant, a request that would never be granted, be made primarily as a threat to past and future witnesses, this threat to release the video would threaten anyone allow certain MAGA to identify the agents involved in the search. Imagine the danger posed by people, the MAGAs, literally talking about civil war because of the search warrant and what they are capable of as a “small step” towards that war.
Yet some of Trump’s allies say, “Hold on, it’ll show how much stuff you had left,” indicating those “boxes” weren’t small.
Others in Trump’s orbit have warned of the potential risks for the former president if he releases the tapes. A second person close to Trump warned that releasing the footage could backfire by giving people a visual understanding of the sheer volume of material federal agents have seized from his oceanfront residence, including classified materials.” says the report.
It’s one thing to read a series of numbers on an inventory list and another to see law enforcement officials actually carry more than a dozen boxes out of President Trump’s home, even though they know they likely contain sensitive documents. I don’t see how that’s supposed to help him,” said this person, who spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity to speak frankly.”
When forced to make a prediction, Trump probably wants to hurt the FBI and keep the money flowing more than he cares about the sheer amount of stuff he had. He says he’s entitled to it, so why should volume matter? On the other hand, once released, it cannot be taken back if it doesn’t work. It’s going to be a tough call.
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