From the moment the media began reporting on the FBI raid of President Donald Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago, the Biden administration’s consistent claims of the sitting president’s ignorance and deliberate detachment from the Trump investigation have rang somewhat hollow to many.
On Monday, a ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon halting the Justice Department review of the documents and effects seized from Mar-a-Lago has confirmed what many of us already suspected.
Not only were they aware of the investigation, but the DOJ was actually acting on orders from the Biden White House.
Even if President Joe Biden himself contends that he had no prior knowledge of the raid, Judge Cannon found conclusively “[o]n May 10, 2022, NARA informed Plaintiff that it would proceed,” the “plaintiff” being former President Trump, “with ‘provid[ing] the FBI access to the records in question, as requested by the incumbent President, beginning as early as Thursday, May 12, 2022.’”
Prior to the release of the Labor Day ruling from Judge Cannon, several notable figures, such as Benny Johnson of Newsmax, Sean Hannity of Fox and Just The News’ John Solomon, have pointed to a letter the National Archives sent to former President Donald Trump’s legal counsel Evan Corcoran as the proverbial smoking gun, only to have PolitiFactand Facebook flag them as “false news and misinformation.”
What gets many conservatives wrapped around the axle here by left-leaning fact-checkers is the assertion that “Biden lied” when he said, “I didn’t have any advance notice,” replying to reporters on Aug. 25. “None. Zero. Not one single bit.”
It all comes down to plausible deniability.
Biden didn’t need to receive “advance notice” nor did he need to be “briefed” as press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters during a briefing.