Earlier today, Chase Woodruff of Colorado Newsline pointed out via Twitter that it has been three weeks since Republican Senate candidate Joe O’Dea said this about the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago:
“The American people deserve to know what’s going on here. [The] DOJ should put all their cards on the table. If the facts and the law support the action, so be it. If this is about election year politics, that will be equally clear.”
Woodruff was making the point that O’Dea should be asked about this comment in light of all of the new information that has since emerged about former President Donald Trump’s apparent efforts to hide his illegal possession of some of the most sensitive pieces of classified information in the United States. It’s a fair question, to be sure.
But then we saw this clip from Jewish Insider in which O’Dea makes even more outlandish assertions. According to Marc Rod of Jewish Insider, O’Dea made the following statement ON MONDAY:
Despite his criticisms of the former president, O’Dea described the recent FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago as a “political stunt” that is “undermining” Americans’ faith in the federal bureaucracy. But, he continued, if Trump kept documents he “shouldn’t have, that shouldn’t have gone on either.”
“The American people really want to know what’s going on,” O’Dea said. “If it was something wrong, he should be held accountable. If it’s just another political stunt by the Biden administration, which is what it looks like, that should come out as well.” [Pols emphasis]
If you wanted to be very generous, you could call O’Dea’s original comments “unfortunate.” But saying it twice, the second time as recently as Monday, means that THIS IS WHAT JOE O’DEA ACTUALLY BELIEVES.
And that, friends, disqualifies him from elected office.
>> O’Dea described the recent FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago as a “political stunt” that is “undermining” Americans’ faith in the federal bureaucracy.
>> “The American people really want to know what’s going on,” O’Dea said
Ok… pick one.
No way he can pick one! He's gotta try to make himself somewhat palatable to the whackadoos in the GOP while at the same time distancing himself from the same bugfuck nutjobs.
Political stunt? Is Fat Donnie from Queens, now a civilian, running for office this cycle?
Meet the next attorney that’s going to need an attorney 🤣
Lucian K. Truscott IV has a newsletter: tonight, he included [my emphasis]:
I guess that up to 5 years in prison is the mark of a good stunt?
There's so much crime happening all the time around the Trumps it's difficult to keep up. Seriously.
You sign a document specifically stating your client doesn't have certain top-secret material, then the DOJ finds that same top-secret material. You can't get any more completely busted than that.
There are some weaselly phrases in the letter that MAY shield the attorney who signed the letter. Judge for yourself: Trump subpoena … Case 9 : 22- cv- 81294- AMC Document 48-1 Entered on FLSD Docket 08/30/2022 Page 16 of 18
A “political stunt”??????
What sort of “stunt” would that be?
Looking forward to finding out how the courts will respond to “Trump attorney Christina Bobb signed an statement declaring that a “diligent search” showed no such documents remained.”
NY Times’s subhead was:
Another "not ready for prime time" statement from O'Dea. He's trying to pull moderate wool over the eyes of the impressionable, but is this really the kind of statement you want from a person who would be voting in an impeachment trial in the Senate?
Where does Joe O’Dea stand on Western water issues? He doesn’t say diddly-squat on his campaign website, that I could see. Inquiring minds want to know.
Inquiring minds probably are going to get pablum statements about how the fossil fuel industries are gloriously fighting to preserve water for future fracking jobs. O'Dea is just another standard MAGA man trying to flimflam his way into power. You'll get nothing explicit in terms of policy or solutions.
Bennett needs to be all over this. Clear, concise, and forthright: we know that (a) mishandling top secret & classified documents is against the law, and (b) Trump was given multiple opportunities to provide documents to the US Gov & did not comply.
Is O’Dea saying it’s a political stunt to prevent people from breaking the law? Or does he mean that ex-President’s can break the law?
Here in Colorado we like politicians who don’t make excuses for others who fail to abide by the laws of the U.S. government that are in place to protect our Country and the safety of the people who have given oaths to protect it. Unlike Joe O’Dea, I don’t hear Michael Bennett making excuses for people who fail to respect the laws of the United States.
Docs in a Box. From Emptywheel.