Marble Halls & Silver Screens With Sarah Lee Ep. 134: The 'MAL Raid, Elvis, and Transing of Joan of Arc' Edition

To call it a raid, or to not call it a raid. That is the question.

Nine hours and an alleged healthy rifle through Melania’s closet and raid seems like the appropriate word for what the FBI did at Mar-A-Lago last week, ostensibly searching for something that the tinfoil hatters on the left have insisted was related to nuclear secrets Trump was certainly going to sell to our enemies.


The truth, however, could be a bit less secret if some of the reporting from Just The News and podcasting from former Trump insiders like Kash Patel bears out. Some of the discussion from those outlets contend that FBI may have wanted documents related to the debunked and scandalous Russia collusion investigation the agency certainly played a less than impressive part in because those documents might a) strengthen the public’s disgust with the agency’s behavior, and b) might actually pose a security risk because they may not have been redacted appropriately.

Here’s John Solomon on the matter from just before Trump’s home was descended upon by the federal police force.

The previously untold story of how highly anticipated declassified material never became public is contained in a memo obtained by Just the News from the National Archives that was written by then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows just hours before Trump left office on noon of Jan. 20, 2021.

Meadows’ memo confirmed prior reporting by Just the News that Trump on Jan. 19, 2021 declassified a binder of hundreds of pages of sensitive FBI documents that show how the bureau used informants and FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign and misled both a federal court and Congress about flaws in the evidence they offered to get approval for the investigation.

The declassified documents included transcripts of intercepts made by the FBI of Trump aides, a declassified copy of the final FISA warrant approved by an intelligence court, and the tasking orders and debriefings of the two main confidential human sources, Christopher Steele and Stefan Halper, the bureau used to investigate whether Trump had colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election.

In the end, multiple investigations found there was no such collusion and that the FBI violated rules and misled the FISA court in an effort to keep the probe going.


The story basically outlines how Trump declared these documents declassified, the DOJ had concerns about redactions, Meadows relented and allowed DOJ to redact them, and the DOJ never did. And certainly never made the alleged documents in question public. So these documents could be (or not — We haven’t seen the affadavit) what the FBI was looking for.

What an absolutely disappointing end to the Russia collusion affair. The politics have been interesting to watch, but the American people have never been served nor protected by this ridiculous drama. Such a shame.

I talk about all that on the show today, as well as offer thoughts on the downright entertaining “Elvis” (trailer below). And of course I wasn’t letting the story of the alleged creative geniuses among us turning Joan of Arc into a narcissistic, naval-gazing, confused non-binary. go without a laugh. The silliness of it all.

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