Nothing To See Here. Move Along!

WaPo reports that the FBI found … oh, here it is in their own words—

That review has not found any apparent business advantage to the types of classified information in Trump’s possession, these people said. FBI interviews with witnesses so far, they said, also do not point to any nefarious effort by Trump to leverage, sell or use the government secrets. Instead, the former president seemed motivated by a more basic desire not to give up what he believed was his property, these people said.

The people familiar with the matter cautioned that the investigation is ongoing, that no final determinations have been made, and that it is possible additional information could emerge that changes investigators’ understanding of Trump’s motivations. But they said the evidence collected over a period of months indicates the primary explanation for potentially criminal conduct was Trump’s ego and intransigence.

Funny how that leaked the week after the midterm elections.

On the Bus? Or Under It?

Just the News is reporting that former Washington Field Office Special Agent in Charge Tim Thibault was escorted out of FBI headquarters on Friday.

There have been reports of whistleblower allegations that Thibault showed political bias in his handling of politically sensitive investigations. He is supposed to have hidden the partisan nature of evidence from FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland to secure their approval to open an investigation into former President Donald Trump. That investigation culminated in the FBI’s raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate earlier this month.

Uh, huh.

Gentle Reader, do you believe that Wray and Garland weren’t aware of the political sensitivity of a criminal investigation of former president?

Me neither.

BTW, Senator Grassley’s office confirms Thibault has been removed from his post and reassigned to an unspecified position.

UPDATE—The NY Post reports that Thibault has resigned from the FBI.


The Twenty-Four Hour Rule

I have found it is usually best to wait for a full day to pass before offering any non-obvious comments or attempted analysis about events such as the FBI raid on Mar-a-Largo. Indeed, it may be wise to keep my powder dry until reliable evidence is available, and that may take a while.

UPDATE—The search warrant authorizing the raid is sealed.