When a man who’s in a position to know as much about Democratic smears of Donald Trump as Marc Elias offers an opinion about the FBI’s decision to raid the former president’s home, it’s worth taking a moment to listen.
And when he published the idea in a Twitter post virtually while the news was still breaking across the country, it’s even more worth taking a look at.
Because a guy who was general counsel of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, and a partner in the law firm that facilitated the whole “Russia collusion” hoax that bedeviled years of the Trump presidency, just might know a thing or two about the potential political motive behind the raid.
In two Twitter posts starting about 8 p.m. Monday, Elias made it clear that he thought the operation — which was announced by Trump only an hour earlier — was about one thing only: Stopping Trump from mounting a presidential bid in 2024.
Yes, I recognize the legal challenge that application of this law to a president would garner (since qualifications are set in Constitution). But the idea that a candidate would have to litigate this is during a campaign is in my view a “blockbuster in American politics.”
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) August 9, 2022
“The media is missing the really, really big reason why the raid today is a potential blockbuster in American politics,” Elias wrote in the first tweet, including an image of the U.S. Code dealing with the handling of public records.
With legacy media outlets like NBC reporting that the raid was linked to allegations that Trump had taken classified materials from the White House to Mar-a-Lago after his presidency ended, Elias highlighted one of the punishments for such an action.
Besides potential fines and imprisonment, anyone found guilty of such an offense “shall forefeet his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States,” the code states.
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