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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.”

Nuclear Weapon Documents Among Records Sought by FBI in Raid of Trump’s House

Attorney General Merrick Garland. (Photo: DOJ)

By Steve Neavling

FBI agents who searched the home of former President Donald Trump this week were looking for records relating to nuclear weapons, among other information.

Citing people familiar with the investigation, The Washington Post reports that nuclear weapons documents were believed to be among the records sought by agents.

The report came just hours after Attorney General Merrick Garland told reporters that he had personally authorized the request for a search warrant and had asked a Florida court to unseal the warrant.

Trump followed up by saying he not only supports the request but is “encouraging the immediate release of those documents” related to what he dubbed the “unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in.”

“Release the documents now!” Trump said. 

The search was connected to an investigation into whether Trump illegally removed records from the White House when he left office. 

Metallurgy Company in U.S. Accused of Illegally Exporting Cobalt-Nickel Powder to Iran

iran-mapBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The CEO of a metallurgy company in New York is accused of illegally exporting to Iran a powder that could be used to produce nuclear-tipped rockets, the Daily Beast reports. 

The FBI arrested 44-year-old Erdal Kuyumcu of Woodside, New York, of Global Metallurgy, on charges of exporting a half-ton of the cobalt-nickel powder on

The charges come after Tehran agreed to suspend its nuclear program.

The Daily Beast points out that the powdered metal does have “perfectly legitimate applications in industries unrelated to nuclear weapons.”

Nevertheless, the U.S. is concerned about any material that could be used for an atomic-capable rocket.

The Justice Department alleges that Kuyumcu shipped the power to Iran twice without the necessary approval from the U.S.

“To conceal the true destination of the goods from the U.S. supplier, Kuyumcu and a co-conspirator arranged for the items to be shipped first to Turkey and subsequently to Iran,” the Justice Department stated in a release.

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