Kash Patel, the former chief of staff to Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, reacted Wednesday during “The Benny Show” with Benny Johnson to pictures showing papers that appeared to be marked “top secret,” lying on the carpet of President Donald Trump’s Florida mansion during the August 8 FBI raid.
The photographs were released in a 36-page court filing outlining the agency’s opposition to Trump’s request for a special master in the investigation. DOJ officials implied in their filing that they uncovered evidence of a plot to obstruct the probe into the discovery of presidential and government records and argued that Trump’s team was moving around and hiding classified documents they had been searching for.
Patel, however, believed that the photos were falsified.
“It is staged,” Patel told Johnson of the FBI Trump raid photo release. “I wasn’t there. I don’t know if that’s how they found them, but I doubt it.”
“And those red and yellow things that you see on the floor are cover sheets. Those aren’t classified,” he explained of the circulating picture. “They’re saying they’re supposed to be used when you identify classified documents, but there’s nothing on those cover sheets, or any of the underlying documents — that have white pieces of paper on them — that the FBI are showing President Trump never declassified them.”
“So it’s incumbent upon the government, who are bringing or looking to bring criminal charges and the burden of proof … to show that. What they are doing is trying this case in the court of public opinion, because what they’re doing … is mak[ing] sure Donald Trump never runs again, now be it through federal conviction that precludes him or so much dirt in the media that people get turned off, and all I see is this raid continuing to backfire,” Patel predicted.
“Because it’s not being run by law enforcement; it’s being run by government gangsters like [FBI Director] Chris Wray and [Attorney General] Merrick Garland. And it all goes back to Russiagate,” he said. “Chris Wray should have been fired and never appointed five years ago when Devin [Nunes] and I asked him to get to the bottom of Russiagate.”
“Let them continue making mistakes,” Patel concluded, “Their own documents will expose their corruption.”
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