Joe Biden has direct knowledge of illegal Trump raid

White House Deputy Counsel Jonathan Su was instructed to involve the authorities in National Archives requests…

Biden linked to illegal Mar-a-Lago raid
Biden linked to illegal Mar-a-Lago raid

According to Just the News & John Solomon, “Long before it professed no prior knowledge of the raid on Donald Trump’s estate, the Biden White House worked directly with the Justice Department and National Archives to instigate the criminal probe into alleged mishandling of documents, allowing the FBI to review evidence retrieved from Mar-a-Lago this spring and eliminating the 45th president’s claims to executive privilege.

According to contemporaneous government documents reviewed by Just the News, memos show then-White House Deputy Counsel Jonathan Su was engaged in conversations with the FBI, DOJ and National Archives as early as April, shortly after 15 boxes of classified and other materials were voluntarily returned to the federal historical agency from Trump’s Florida home.

Just the News, reported… in May, Su conveyed to the Archives that President Joe Biden would not object to waiving his predecessor’s claims to executive privilege, a decision that opened the door for DOJ to get a grand jury to issue a subpoena compelling Trump to turn over any remaining materials he possessed from his presidency.

The machinations are summarized in several memos and emails exchanged between the various agencies in spring 2022, months before the FBI took the added unprecedented step of raiding Trump’s Florida compound with a court-issued search warrant.

The most complete summary was contained in a lengthy letter dated May 10 that acting National Archivist Debra Steidel Wall sent Trump’s lawyers summarizing the White House’s involvement.

“On April 11, 2022, the White House Counsel’s Office — affirming a request from the Department of Justice supported by an FBI letterhead memorandum — formally transmitted a request that NARA provide the FBI access to the 15 boxes for its review within seven days, with the possibility that the FBI might request copies of specific documents following its review of the boxes,” Wall wrote Trump defense attorney Evan Corcoran.

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Biden linked to illegal Mar-a-Lago raid

That letter revealed Biden empowered the National Archives and Records Administration to waive any claims to executive privilege that Trump might assert to block DOJ from gaining access to the documents.

“The Counsel to the President has informed me that, in light of the particular circumstances presented here, President Biden defers to my determination, in consultation with the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, regarding whether or not I should uphold the former President’s purported ‘protective assertion of executive privilege,'” Wall wrote. “… I have therefore decided not to honor the former President’s ‘protective’ claim of privilege.”

The memos provide the most definitive evidence to date of the current White House’s effort to facilitate a criminal probe of the man Joe Biden beat in the 2020 election and may face again as a challenger in 2024. That involvement included eliminating one of the legal defenses Trump might use to fight the FBI over access to his documents.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee and the committee’s likely chairman if the GOP win control of Congress in November, called the Biden White House’s involvement and privilege waiver “amazing news” with implications for past and future presidents.

“Look, the left, they’ve been out to get President Trump because President Trump’s a threat to the clique, to the swamp, to the bureaucracy, to the deep state,” Jordan told the “Just the News, Not Noise” television show Tuesday night. “Whatever term you want to use. And they all know it.

“That’s why they were out to get him before he was in office, and they set up the whole Russia collusion hoax. It’s why they tried to get him while he was in office. And of course, obviously they continue to do so now that he’s left. It’s just never going to end.”

Successor president can’t waive executive privilege for a predecessor; it’s illegal

Biden willing to “screw” every president from now on, just to “get” Trump

Biden linked to illegal Mar-a-Lago raid
Biden linked to illegal Mar-a-Lago raid

Alan Dershowitz, the famed Harvard law professor emeritus and lifelong Democrat, reviewed some of the correspondence at Just the News’ request. He said the Biden White House’s eagerness to waive Trump’s claims of privilege could have future implications for generations of presidents to come.

“I was very surprised,” Dershowitz said after reading the text of Wall’s letter. “The current president should not be able to waive the executive privilege of a predecessor, without the consent of the former president. Otherwise, [privilege] means nothing. What president will ever discuss anything in private if he knows the man who beat him can and will disclose it.”

While some courts have upheld the notion of a successor president waiving privilege for a predecessor, Dershowitz said the matter remains to be decided definitively by the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The best thinking is that an incumbent president cannot waive the right of the previous president,” he said in a phone interview with Just the News. “It would make a mockery of the whole notion of privilege.”

In her letter, Wall told Corcoran the Biden administration believes a Watergate era ruling suggested Biden had the authority to waive Trump’s privileges.

“The Supreme Court’s decision in Nixon v. Administrator of General Services, 433 U.S. 425 (1977), strongly suggests that a former President may not successfully assert executive privilege ‘against the very Executive Branch in whose name the privilege is invoked,'” she wrote. That ruling, however, was issued under an earlier predecessor law for presidential records and in the immediate aftermath of one of America’s worst presidential scandals.

National Archives (NARA) vs General Services Administration

The correspondence reviewed by Just the News also provides a contemporaneous window into what the National Archives (NARA) found when it first got boxes of documents returned from Trump’s compound in February 2022. Those boxes had been packed up by the General Services Administration as Trump was leaving the White House on Jan. 20, 2021.

“In its initial review of materials within those boxes, NARA identified items marked as classified national security information, up to the level of Top Secret and including Sensitive Compartmented Information and Special Access Program materials,” Wall wrote. “NARA informed the Department of Justice about that discovery, which prompted the Department to ask the President to request that NARA provide the FBI with access to the boxes at issue so that the FBI and others in the Intelligence Community could examine them.”

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Corcoran had a phone conversation with Biden’s underhanded soldier, Su

The correspondence and emails show Corcoran had a phone conversation with Su about privilege claims in the spring, with Trump’s lawyers raising concerns that some of the materials were subject to Trump’s claims of executive privilege.

But a dozen days later, Wall informed Corcoran that she had the blessing of Biden to overrule those privilege claims and share all materials requested by the DOJ and FBI.

“The White House Counsel’s Office acquiesced in an extension of the production date to April 29, and so advised NARA,” she wrote. “In accord with that agreement, we had not yet provided the FBI with access to the records when we received your letter on April 29, and we have continued to refrain from providing such access to date.

“It has now been four weeks since we first informed you of our intent to provide the FBI access to the boxes so that it and others in the Intelligence Community can conduct their reviews. Notwithstanding the urgency conveyed by the Department of Justice and the reasonable extension afforded to the former President, your April 29 letter asks for additional time for you to review the materials in the boxes.

Within a couple of weeks of Wall’s letter to Corocoran, the DOJ sent a grand jury subpoena to Trump’s team demanding the return of any remaining national security documents, which precipitated a voluntary visit by the FBI to Mar-a-Lago on June 3, when agents picked a small amount of materials Trump’s lawyers said were responsive to the subpoena

Two months later, the FBI escalated again, seeking a search warrant to raid the Trump estate on Aug. 8.

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Johnathan Su
Johnathan Su – Biden linked to illegal Mar-a-Lago raid

Jonathan Su, Deputy Office Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office and a former Special Counsel to the President, advises clients on government, Congressional, and internal investigations as well as related litigation.

Mr. Su advises corporations, boards of directors, and individuals on investigations conducted by the Department of Justice (DOJ), US Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other federal agencies. Mr. Su also conducts internal investigations regarding a wide range of alleged misconduct, including corruption, financial irregularities, and sexual misconduct.

Johnathan Su - Biden linked to illegal Mar-a-Lago raid
Johnathan Su – Biden linked to illegal Mar-a-Lago raid

As part of his work, Mr. Su helps navigate often intense government and media scrutiny so that clients can maintain their business operations. In so doing, he draws on significant experience both in private practice representing leading corporations and individuals, as well as his prior work at the highest levels of the Executive Branch and as a federal white collar crime prosecutor.

In his prior role as Special Counsel to President Barack Obama, Mr. Su advised the President and senior White House and Executive Branch officials on a wide range of matters, including Congressional investigations, risk management, nominations and personnel issues, litigation matters involving the White House, and matters relating to the DOJ. He also advised the President on executive clemency matters. Mr. Su’s responsibilities at the White House Counsel’s Office included engaging with senior officials of several cabinet agencies, including the Departments of Justice, the Treasury, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, and several offices within the Executive Office of the President.

Johnathan Su - Biden linked to illegal Mar-a-Lago raid
Johnathan Su – Biden linked to illegal Mar-a-Lago raid

Prior to joining the White House, Mr. Su served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Maryland where he conducted 12 jury trials to verdict. Among his most significant matters, Mr. Su led a team of FBI and IRS agents in securing convictions (through jury trials and guilty pleas) of the leaders of a US$78 million Ponzi scheme affecting more than 1,000 victims in the East Coast and California (United States v. Andrew Williams, et al). Mr. Su also led the Maryland component of a joint Maryland / District of Columbia federal prosecution of the largest embezzlement (US$49 million) in the history of the District of Columbia government (United States v. Harriette Walters, et al). In 2011, then-United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein awarded Mr. Su the US Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Prosecution of Fraud.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Su served as a law clerk to both Judge Julian Abele Cook, Jr. of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and Judge Ronald M. Gould of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Su currently serves as Chair of Latham’s Global Pro Bono Committee, through which the firm has provided more than 3.5 million hours of free legal services valued at more than US$1.6 billion since 2000.

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Here is a closer look at Su’s problematic clients:

  • Serial child molester George Nader: One of Su’s most horrifying clients disclosed in his PFD is the serial child molester George Nader. In 2019, Su represented Nader against federal charges of child pornography and transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.  In 2020, Nader pled guilty to both possessing child pornography and bringing a 14-year-old boy to the United States for sex. When Su represented him in the 2019 charges for child pornography and trafficking, it was in the context of Nader’s long history of convictions and arrests for child pornography stretching back to 1991. Nader was an international power broker charged with conspiring to funnel more than $3 million in illegal campaign contributions to both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and his work as an intermediary for the United Arab Emirates in setting up meetings between the Trump Administration and Russian officials was a central piece of the Mueller investigation. It’s important to note that BigLaw firms like Latham & Watkins have personal discretion in the clients they do and do not choose to take on, and charge their clients for thousands, if not millions of dollars. As we have argued elsewhere, a public defender, court appointed defender, or attorney intervening on behalf of a seemingly odious and indigent client to ensure their Constitutional right to counsel is materially different. Su likely had competition to take on such an affluent client, and Nader paid Su for significant billable hours.
  • Republican Senator Richard Burr: In 2020, Su represented Republican Senator Richard Burr on charges of insider trading and benefiting off the economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In one of the most heinous examples of coronavirus profiteering, Burr dumped $1.7 million in stocks on February 13th, 2020, immediately before the coronavirus market crash and without warning the public about the potential consequences of the pandemic (he did, however, warn donors and “well-connected constituents” behind closed doors). The FBI’s investigation, which turned up a similar insider trading incident from 2018, revealed the extent to which Burr, as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, profited off his career as a “public servant.”
  • Pharmaceutical company Mylan: Clients who profit off health crises is a theme in Su’s PFD. Su provided legal services to Mylan, an embattled and scandal-ridden pharmaceutical company that merged with Pfizer in 2020. In 2016, Mylan was named in a DOJ antitrust investigation into price collusion between generic pharmaceutical companies, and two of their top executives were investigated for a “sinister” price-fixing conspiracy. Mylan used their monopoly on epinephrine injectors to surge the price of their product, the EpiPen, by up to 400% of the original cost., This lead to an entirely predictable shortage of the life-saving devices. As we’ve seen recently in pushback to Biden’s potential FDA Commissioner pick from across the Democratic Party, there is momentum to keep pharmaceutical companies’ interests out of the executive branch.
  • Live Nation: Su also received compensation for legal services from Live Nation, the entertainment company best known for selling tickets for live entertainment that has created a de facto ticket monopoly. In 2020, Live Nation and Ticketmaster were sued for violating antitrust laws and illegally inflating the price of tickets for consumers.
  • Fontem US: Su represented Fontem US, a vaping company owned by the tobacco firm Imperial Brands. Fontem US faced criticism for their flavored vape products, which allegedly enticed youth tobacco usage. In 2020, the FDA released new guidelines prohibiting their flavors for vaping cartridge systems.
  • The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan: Su received compensation for legal services for the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Justice. Su’s firm, Latham & Watkins, facilitated foreign lobbying for Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Justice in 2018 and 2019, and Su was a registered foreign lobbyist in 2019.
  • “Confidential Clients”: Su received income over $5,000 from 32 confidential clients for legal services, limiting the amount we know about his potential conflicts of interest. Based on the sources of income he did disclose, this lack of transparency is deeply alarming.

Jonathan Su’s financial disclosure shows that he placed a higher value on profit than ethics in his work. Despite how worrisome these clients are, Su has 32 undisclosed clients. Given the clients he is comfortable revealing, one wonders what clients demand secrecy.