The materials seized

You don’t get to “argue” that a law is not a law. At least, you do if you’re a lawyer and in the appropriate court, but you don’t get to if you’re just some asshole who wants to get away with stuff.

The senior federal judge tasked with reviewing the materials seized by the FBI from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate sharply questioned the former president’s attorneys Tuesday during their first hearing in his courtroom.

Judge Raymond Dearie repeatedly challenged Trump’s lawyers for refusing to back up the former president’s claim that he declassified the highly sensitive national security-related records discovered in his residence.

Trump has argued that the 11,000 documents taken from Mar-a-Lago by the FBI pursuant to a search warrant last month were rightfully in his possession, including about 100 bearing classification markings that suggest they contain some of the nation’s most closely guarded intelligence.

But there’s a law that says those documents are government property, not his personal property. We don’t get to steal people’s cars and then “argue” that they’re rightfully in our possession. That’s not arguing, it’s bullshitting.

I’m doubtless wrong about that legally speaking; I’m just ranting. Sometimes one has to rant.

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