Is Thomas J. Fitton an Amerian Traitor?
In the end, when seeking advice on how to handle the National Archives and Records Administration's demands for the return of the records, former President Trump ignored the White House's and his lawyers' recommendations and instead sought the advice of a right-wing activist with no legal background.
While running for President of the United States, Donald J. Trump insisted he would only include the "best people" in his administration. Over his four years in office, however, he went through many inept, incompetent, and crooked appointees.
As Trump lost his re-election bid and turned to the "Big Lie" in the run-up to the January 6, 2021 insurgency, he hired and relied on a team of advisors and lawyers who told him what he wanted to hear rather than what was legal or in the best interests of the American people.
Until the search warrant signed by a Federal Judge applied for by the Department of Justice early this month, we now know Trump was still following the advice of a clown car of advisors, including Tom Fitton, the president of conservative activist group Judicial Watch, argued to Trump that the White House files belonged to him and that he should not have let the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) "strong-arm" him into returning the documents, according to a CNN report that cited three anonymous sources.
Trump's lawyers, leading up to the 100% legal search of his Mar-a-Lago resort, were repeatedly telling him that he had to return all the missing White House documents he may have taken with him. He had in his possession that National Archives and Records Administration wanted to be returned.
Instead of not following his lawyer's advice, Trump appears to have decided to follow Tom Fitton's (an American conservative activist and the president of Judicial Watch) advice and lie to his lawyers. Fitton is prominent for criticizing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian interference. During his presidential campaign, the former president insisted that his administration would only include the "best people." He appointed a swarm of inexperienced, inept, and unscrupulous bureaucrats during his four years in office.
Trump's lawyers frequently told him in the run-up to the 100% legal search of his Mar-a-Lago property that he had to return all missing White House records he may have brought with him or had in his control that the National Archives and Records Administration wanted returned.
According to CNN that citing a source close to Trump…
"The moment Tom got in the boss' ear, it was downhill from there."
Fitton, who has no law degree or license to practice law, persuaded Trump that a 2012 case involving Judicial Watch failed to get recordings from former President Bill Clinton's time in office because the recordings they sought belonged to the former president, not the US government.
Ultimately, Federal Judge Jackson determined that the tapes belonged to Mr. Clinton, despite the conversations covering a wide variety of presidential issues. The court decided that the National Archives and Records Administration lacked authority to "seize custody of them" because Mr. Clinton had declared the tapes to be part of his personal records under the Presidential Records Act. According to over 18 senior members of Trump's national security staff and lawyers, Trump never attempted to designate the tapes as part of his personal records and now appears to be attempting to do so retrospectively. If such is the case, Trump has aggravated his offenses by putting his lawyers, who made written and verbal misrepresentations to government investigators attempting to retrieve the information, in his hands.
Fitton, a right-wing zealot, apparently didn't bother to explain to Trump if he had declared them part of his personal records. The fact that the NARA did not claim that the tapes should have been considered classified, secret, or top secret gave Clinton's decleration of the recordings as personal while Trump just had a moving van loaded with such sensitive documents.
Fitton's advice to the president led to multiple miss representations by him and his lawyers, exposing him to a criminal indictment under the Espionage Act of 1917 prohibited obtaining information, recording pictures, or copying descriptions of any information relating to the national defense with intent or reason to believe that the information may be used for the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation.
Given the assertion and the evidence available that many of these documents taken by Trump contained some of America's most sensitive secrets, including human resources and techniques used by various intelligence services that could lead to the deaths, it is certainly fair to ask if Thomas J. Fitton a right-wing activist or is he an Amerian Traitor?
The answer to the question may come down to one question. By urging former President Trump to keep the records, did Thomas J. Fitton become an accomplice to the laws violated by Trump in his taking and hiding the records he illegally took with him?
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