According to former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, the audio recording of former President Donald Trump discussing confidential information is yet another example of the lack of credibility of the federal government.
Sean Hannity, the Fox News anchor, and McEnany discussed the most recent CNN recording in which former President Donald Trump is heard shuffling papers and discussing an Iran-related Department of Defense plan.
“That’s been violated by somebody. I don’t know, why do I assume that a leak to a liberal outlet likely didn’t come from some conservative but maybe somebody close to that special counsel? Just a guess. I don’t know. What do you think, Kayleigh?” Hannity asked.
“Yeah, you know, Sean, it’s absurd, but that is a key point. I sit here and I see these things, these details of the case in a court of law by a special counsel come in, and they’re aired on CNN. We get a transcript of the tape. We get an audio recording of the tape. How does that happen? How was that not violative of the process? And at the time when — I saw today an NBC poll, in the 30 percentile is the approval rating of the DoJ and FBI, we need confidence in our government, in our institutions, and this doesn’t instill much when this is getting leaked to the likes of CNN,” McEnany said.
“I’m sorry, whataboutism is called equal justice and equal application of our laws. And considering they didn’t raid any of the four locations Joe Biden had top-secret classified documents and they certainly let Hillary off the hook and our enemies had access to a lot of that information and she deleted another 33,000 subpoenaed emails and she got away with that, too, and she got away with the dirty dossier that ended up being used for FISA application, none of which were true, I’m standing by my original monologue that said we have a corrupt government and we have a weaponized DoJ and a weaponized FBI and the American people, I think, are seeing it more and more. It’s becoming more transparent every day,” Hannity added.
The audio recording is referenced in the Department of Justice’s indictment of Trump, which also asserts that the person Trump is speaking with lacks the required security clearance for the documents.
Trump’s resounding victory in the state in 2020 may benefit him in his impending federal prosecution for improperly handling classified documents.
According to Newsmax, the majority of the jury pool will consist of counties that Trump won decisively in 2016 and 2020, which could work in his favor when the case goes to trial.
A federal judge appointed by Trump, Aileen Cannon, is also presiding over the case. In addition, she announced on Friday that the trial would take place in Fort Pierce, Florida, in the federal courtroom where she frequently seats, which is the northernmost point of the Southern District of Florida.
Dave Aronberg, the departing Florida state attorney for Palm Beach County, told the Times, “I’m not convinced this case will go to Fort Pierce.” Since Trump resides in West Palm Beach, where the confidential documents were discovered, the case may be transferred there, he continued.
However, it will be advantageous for Trump if the trial continues in Fort Pierce for the time being.
Newsmax reported: “Trump won Okeechobee County, a rural county where just more than 16,000 people voted in the 2020 election, with 71.5% of the vote, according to the county’s election tally. He took Highlands County with 66.8% in 2020. That county is a rural area where more than 52,000 people voted.”
“In Martin County, where more than 98,000 people voted, Trump won with 61.8%. In Indian River County, where more than 97,000 voted, the then-president won with 60.2% of the vote. The swing county of St. Lucie County was one in which Trump won narrowly in both 2016 and 2020. He got 50.4% of the vote in 2020 to defeat President Joe Biden,” the outlet added.