Republican Governor Criticizes Trump Over Classified Records Retention, Urges DOJ to Finish Investigation

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    Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) says it’s time for the Justice Department to conclude its months-long investigation into the classified documents Donald Trump reportedly took from the White House after leaving office. During an appearance with CNN Tonight, the Republican governor criticized Trump for holding the records at Mar-a-Lago, which eventually spurred the recent FBI raid, saying the move was “not appropriate.”

    Mediaite reports:

    Well, in the short term, you could almost give the attorney general the title of honorary campaign manager and fundraiser for Donald Trump. Clearly, that has resorted to his benefit in the short term.

    I think it’s important we keep the public interest in mind. The public interest is making sure that classified information, sensitive public documents, are returned to archives, to their protected environment. It’s not appropriate for these documents to be running loose at Mar-a-Lago. That’s not appropriate. That has to be returned and secure.

    And then this whole thing needs to be wrapped up. Unless there’s something that is totally oblivious to the facts that we know now, this is not something that I see leading to indictments. I don’t see that. It needs to be wrapped up. And I hope that can be accomplished in the future so we can get on with the business of the country and get the documents restored. And I think that was the motivation of the Department of Justice. But who knows whenever they have not spoken clearly about it?

    On Monday, Trump’s legal team filed a motion seeking an order to appoint a special master to review the records obtained during the search. If granted, the motion would block the further review of seized materials until a special master is appointed and will require the Justice Department to provide a more detailed receipt for property and the prompt return of any item seized that was not within the scope of the search warrant.

    “ALL documents have been previously declassified,” Trump said in a statement. “We are demanding the appointment of a SPECIAL MASTER to oversee the handling of the materials taken in the raid. We are further demanding that the DOJ be forced to turn over a REAL, without ‘plants,’ inventory of my property that was taken and disclose where that property is now located.”

    “The wrongful, overbroad warrant was signed by a Magistrate Judge who recused himself just two months ago, from a MAJOR civil suit that I filed, because of his bias and animus toward me,” he continued. “This Mar-a-Lago Break-In, Search, and Seizure was illegal and unconstitutional, and we are taking all actions necessary to get the documents back, which we would have given to them without the necessity of the despicable raid of my home, so that I can give them to the National Archives until they are required for the future Donald J. Trump Presidential Library and Museum.”

    Last month, Gov. Hutchinson stirred the pot by officially declaring he would not support Trump’s next campaign, despite having voted for him in the past telling CBS Mornings that he believed the president’s actions regarding Jan. 6th constituted a “threat to democracy.”

    “As you can see from the testimony on Jan. 6, then and subsequent to the election where he was challenging the legality of it, the lawful transfer of [power] — yes, that was a threat to our democracy. That was a threat to our institutions of government,” the governor said. “And that’s not the behavior we want to see in a responsible president.”

    “I would not be supporting him for 2024″ he continued. “He acted irresponsibly. During that time, he was a risk to the nation, absolutely.” 

    Hutchinson, a known critic of the former president, has also floated the possibility of running for president in 2024, possibly teeing up an intense battle between the two Republicans. The Arkansas governor is likely to be succeeded by former Trump White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

    9 COMMENTS

    1. Who cares, the jerk rino has always hated President Trump, and probably believes the libtards are doing jes a wunniful job of destroying this once-great country……………

    2. Asa was never much more than a typical Rino. He is leaving office & will be replaced by a real Conservative who has Trumps 6.

    3. The threat to democracy is not what Trump said or did the threat is the fraud election. I know he wants us all to believe it was a honest election and thus by us saying it was not honest he thinks we are undermining the integrity of elections. It is just the opposite. We want integrity and the last election had none !!! If we do not correct the wrongs of the last election then we will never have the integrity that he seeks and we all want

    4. Sadly Trumps suing the DOJ is most likely too late, they’ve already copied what they wanted to see . They will most likely give him back his papers, less the classified ones, of course. They really need to make that warrant open so the people can see just what they claimed they were looking for, and what they took that wasn’t on the warrant. We actually need to see the security film, hopefully with audio, so we can actually hear what the agents were saying about what they were there to get.This whole thing just doesn’t pass the smell test. This type action on the part of the government we have now is just the beginning of what we will very well see more of in the future, only on us common citizens. We really need to purge all these left wing liberal democrats from our government while we still have the chance to do it.

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