There is no stipulation in the Presidential Records Act that gives the National Archives the
ability or the right to seize records from a former president. That’s according to a federal court ruling ten years ago, which could have direct relevance on Joe Biden’s shocking FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago. The word “unprecedented” doesn’t even begin to describe just how awful this raid was.
Commandos storming a former political rival’s home is the sort of stuff the US government would condemn in any other country. But’s become the “new normal” under the communist regime running the Biden puppet show.
Once upon a time, the group Judicial Watch sued the National Archives to try to compel the
release of hours of audio recordings that slimy Bill Clinton made while he was in office – the so-called “sock drawer tapes” recorded by historian Taylor Branch. Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected the suit in 2012.
Jackson noted that a challenge to any presidential record-handling falls under the responsibility of the National Archives, and that ANY enforcement procedure that comes from the National Archives had to be a civil procedure and – significantly – could have no criminal penalty attached to the procedure.
In her ruling, Jackson stated, “The President is completely entrusted with the management and even the disposal of Presidential records during his time in office.”
Jackson is an Obama-appointed liberal District Court judge. She was obviously trying to help cover up any potential crimes committed by Bill Clinton that could have been exposed through the public release of the sock drawer tapes. (Clinton supposedly kept the tapes in his sock drawer while he was at the White House.)
The ruling from Jackson is significant because it’s one of the only legal precedents from a court of law. And although it was intended to cover up crimes of Bill Clinton’s, that ruling could now have a direct impact on the case of the dirty FBI perverts who rifled through Melania Trump’s underwear drawers and cracked open President Trump’s personal safe while searching his office.
The FBI seized every document at Mar-a-Lago that was created while President Trump was in office – four years’ worth of documents. They even took his own handwritten notes and personal files. Jackson ruled, however that a president – any president – has sole discretion under the Presidential Records Act to decide what files (or tapes) are personal, versus which are official records. She also asserted that a former president has the right to either declassify or destroy any records in his possession at any time.
Remember the big media freakout about Trump “flushing documents down the toilet in a panic?” That was fake news. But even if it had been true, Trump has every right to destroy public records in his possession. He can make paper airplanes out of documents and fly them into the Lake Worth Lagoon outside Mar-a-Lago if he wants to. He could make hand-rolled cigarettes with the documents and smoke them, use a stack of documents to level a piano, or swat flies with them.
They’re his! Separating personal records from presidential records is entirely at the discretion of the president. It is at a president’s “sole discretion,” according to Judge Jackson. They do have a responsibility to inform the National Archives if they decide to destroy any records, but that’s it. That’s the only requirement.
Bill Clinton decided that the sock drawer tapes were “personal records” in an ex post facto
fashion, after he left office. This was what compelled Jackson, no doubt, to rule in his favor. But now, we’re supposed to treat President Trump differently just because liberals don’t like him?
Jackson closed her ruling with this statement:
“Since the President is completely entrusted with the management and even the disposal of
Presidential records during his time in office, it would be difficult for this Court to conclude that Congress intended that he would have less authority to do what he pleases with what he considers to be his personal records.”
Trump could argue that everything in Mar-a-Lago was a “personal record” and he’d be correct under the rules of the Presidential Records Act and under the legal precedent set by Judge Jackson. But he won’t do that just yet. He’s having too much fun embarrassing his enemies.