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Archive for September 7th, 2022

FBI Found Document on Foreign Nation’s Nuclear Capabilities at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Mar-a-Lago (Facebook photo)

By Steve Neavling

Among the documents seized by the FBI from former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home was a document detailing a foreign government’s military defenses, including its nuclear capabilities, The Washington Post reports.

The document, which was found during an FBI search of Trump’s house on Aug. 8, was “so closely guarded that many senior national security officials are kept in the dark about them,” according to The Washington Post

The only officials with authority to know the details of the special-access programs were the president, some members of his Cabinet or a near-Cabinet-level official, unnamed officials said. 

The newspaper didn’t identify the foreign government. 

Trump’s lawyer Christopher Kise criticized the leaks, saying they “continue with no respect for the process nor any regard for the real truth.” 

But Kise didn’t deny the report. 

“Moreover, the damage to public confidence in the integrity of the system simply cannot be underestimated,” Kise said. “The responsible course of action here would be for someone — anyone — in the Government to exercise leadership and control. The Court has provided a sensible path forward which does not include the selective leak of unverifiable and misleading information. There is no reason to deviate from that path if the goal is, as it should be, to find a rational solution to document storage issues which have needlessly spiraled out of control.”

In a 54-page court filing last week, federal prosecutors said the raid on Trump’s house in Florida came after he and his advisers refused to turn over highly classified documents.

Meanwhile, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon granted Trump’s request for a special master to review documents seized from Mar-a-Lago, a decision that will temporarily prevent federal prosecutors from using the documents in their investigation. 

In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, former Attorney General William Barr slammed the judge’s decision to appoint a special master.

“The opinion, I think, was wrong, and I think the government should appeal it. It’s deeply flawed in a number of ways,” Barr said.

“I don’t think the appointment of a special master is going to hold up, but even if it does, I don’t see it fundamentally changing the trajectory. In other words, I don’t think it changes the ball game so much as maybe we’ll have a rain delay for a couple of innings.”

Central Figure in Navy Bribery Scandal Flees House Arrest, U.S. Marshals Say

Leonard Glenn Francis via U.S. Marshals

By Steve Neavling

Less than three weeks before his sentencing date, the central figure in one of the biggest scandals in U.S. naval history cut off his ankle monitor while under house arrest and fled, the U.S. Marshals Service said Tuesday. 

Leonard Glenn Francis, who is known as Fat Leonard, cut off his GPS anklet on Sunday morning and fled his home in San Diego. 

“Members of the San Diego Fugitive Task Force went to Francis’ residence, in an attempt to locate him,” the U.S. Marshals said in a news release. “After announcing themselves, task force officers made entry into the residence through an unlocked door. After a thorough check of the residence, officers were unable to locate Francis. Officers were able to locate the GPS ankle monitor that had been cut off.”

Sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 22 after Francis was found guilty in 2015 of bribing officers with gifts and millions of dollars in cash in exchange for information about the movement of naval ships. 

More than 30 naval officers have been charged in connection with the case. 

“In his plea agreement, Francis conceded that over the course of the conspiracy, he and [his contracting company] gave public officials millions of dollars in things of value, including over $500,000 in cash; hundreds of thousands of dollars in the services of prostitutes and associated expenses; hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel expenses, including airfare, often first or business class, luxurious hotel stays, incidentals and spa treatments; hundreds of thousands of dollars in lavish meals, top-shelf alcohol and wine and entertainment; and hundreds of thousands of dollars in luxury gifts, including designer handbags and leather goods, watches, fountain pens, fine wine, champagne, Scotch, designer furniture, consumer electronics, ornamental swords and hand-made ship models,” the Justice Department said in a news release.