Never Trumper Karl Rove, the former Deputy Chief Of Staff for former President George W. Bush, another Never Trumper, has been a deceitful political consultant and pundit for years, and he is not wasting an opportunity to slam President Donald J. Trump over the raid on Trump’s family home in Florida, recently telling the media that he knows who the leaker at Mar-a-Lago was.
Rove appeared on Fox News, looking desperate to start some rumors and damage Trump with his style of fake news and gossip.
“The Secret Service – and this is just my own personal conjecture, no information other than simply knowing the Secret Service is there – they have no statutory responsibility over classified material,” he said on the Fox News show “America Reports” hosted by John Roberts on Friday.
Rove was talking about the alleged purpose for the raid, saying:
“Why he was holding on to these materials when he had no legal authority to do so under the Presidential Records Act is beyond me.”
“The Presidential Records Act is clear,” Rove said on Fox News.
“A president does not have the right to leave the White House and pick and choose what documents he wants to take with him,” he continued. “He can ask for copies, but those are the property of the American people, and since 1978 no president has left with sort of picking and choosing their own documents.”
“But they are sworn federal law officers. They are law enforcement, and they have a responsibility to report a crime, and particularly after a letter is sent from one of the president’s lawyers saying we don’t have any more classified material,” he said.
“If somebody sent a letter and said we don’t have classified material, and somebody in the Secret Service said I have seen classified material still in the walls of Mar-a-Lago and had a responsibility to report that through the chain of command or maybe directly to the counterintelligence division,” the former presidential advisor said.
“They would have somebody who had said, in essence. you have been misled, whether it was a deliberate lie or a lie based in ignorance, somebody told you there’s no more classified material here, there is classified material here.,” he said.
Karl Rove says he believes the informant against Trump was a Secret Service Agent: “They are sworn Fed law enforcement officers, and they have a responsibility to report a crime.” pic.twitter.com/co7WkUkgJS
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He was not the first person to suggest who the leaker is.
“Mary Trump, Donald Trump’s far-left niece who has been smearing him in the media for years, suggested his son-in-law Jared Kushner could be the mole in the Trump camp who tipped off the FBI about confidential documents that were being held at Mar-a-Lago,” Carmine Sabia reported for Conservative Brief.
The raid was approved by Attorney General Merrick Garland, but it’s believed a confidential source first gave information to federal authorities.
“During an interview with liberal host Dean Obeidallah, she speculated that Jared Kushner, the husband of Ivanka Trump, was the confidential source that tipped off the FBI to what confidential documents were being held at Mar-a-Lago and where they were located.
Mary Trump was asked who the informer could be and said it was “tough to choose,” but pointed to Kushner,” Sabia wrote.
“I think we need to look very hard at why Jared got $2 billion. We need to look very hard at why he has been so quiet for so many months now. And we need to think about who, if it, who could also be implicated in this that would need as big a play as turning Donald in, in order to get out of trouble, or at least to mitigate the trouble they’re in,” Mary Trump said.
“It sounds like somebody in Jared’s position. I’m not saying it’s Jared, but it could be,” she added.
Mick Mulvaney, who served as acting chief of staff during Trump’s presidency, offered an idea last week on who he believes tipped off the FBI prior to the raid.
During an interview on CNN, Mulvaney said he believes someone within Trump’s circle could be the mole.
Below is a transcript of the exchange with CNN’s Brianna Keilar:
KEILAR: “How close do you think that person in Trump’s orbit would have to be to know the details about where the documents were?”
MULVANEY: “Really close. That’s a good question. Really close. I didn’t know there was a safe at Mar-a-Lago and I was the chief of staff for 15 months. So, this would be someone handling things on day to day, who knew where documents were, so it would be somebody very close inside the president, my guess is there is probably six or eight people who had that kind of information. I don’t know the people on the inside circle these days so I can’t give any names of folks who come to mind, but your instinct I think is a good one, is that if you know where the safe is, and you know the documents are in ten boxes in the basement, you are pretty close to the president.”
The FBI’s raid was allegedly tied to boxes of classified information that Trump’s team had supposedly taken to his Florida estate.