According to the Former Presidents Act, the Federal General Services Administration allocates funds for post-presidential offices, including funds for personnel compensation. There are numerous reasons, including security concerns, why certain former presidents choose to conduct their post-presidential activities in seclusion.
Liberals are going insane over the fact that former President Donald Trump has a post-presidential office but has chosen not to publicize it.
The left-leaning NBC wrote an in-depth article about it, and in the process, they naturally lost their collective minds.
The article begins:
“Donald Trump likes to put his name on everything — except his taxpayer-funded, post-presidential office here on North Flagler Drive.”
Trump’s website doesn’t list the address, which is about a 10-minute drive from his Mar-a-Lago club. The nameplate on the hallway wall is blank. There is no seal, official or unofficial, on the frosted-glass door. And the name Trump — a brand the former president estimates to be worth billions of dollars — is nowhere to be found.
Steven Cheung, the individual in question’s representative, stated that he was unaware of the existence of the aforementioned matter.
Wednesday, in response to a question from NBC News about the suite, Cheung stated, “I’ve never heard of a North Flagler office.”
However, the location of the aforementioned facility is in close proximity to an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) office, specifically across the corridor.
According to NBC, the facility is located one floor below an area designated for housing the Secret Service agents responsible for Trump’s protection.
In the article, the authors “question” the contents of some of the boxes stored in the suite, practically imploring readers to presume they contain classified documents. Clearly, the authors are Joe Biden supporters.
The NBC story continued:
“What stands out about this suite is that it has played a little-noticed role in Trump’s affairs as he takes the unusual step of seeking a return to the White House following his 2020 defeat.”
It has apparently housed classified material and, according to a person familiar with Trump’s operation, been searched by a private firm at the direction of Trump’s lawyers. Long after that inspection, bankers’ boxes were still piled against the wall and in the middle of the main room, according to two sources familiar with the office.
“Boxes everywhere,” one of the sources said. “The state of that office is generally cluttered. If there weren’t boxes and bins, I’d think that something happened.”
There’s no indication that Trump has used the office himself. It is not clear what is currently in the boxes, and it is not clear whether he knows what is in them.
Okay, we get it; you dislike Trump and want people to believe that classified documents are being stored there unlawfully, albeit without proof.
The NBC writers continued down the rabbit hole, attempting even harder to make readers doubt whether Trump’s possession of confidential documents in the suite constituted a violation of the law.
The article went on:
“In June, Trump pleaded not guilty in federal court in Miami to charges that he unlawfully held and hid classified documents after he left the White House. A spokesperson for special counsel Jack Smith declined to comment on what prosecutors know about the office and its contents.”
Aside from the classified-documents case, Trump’s unique triple-hatted role as former president, candidate and defendant raises questions about whether and how his aides keep their work separated.
Several Trump aides on the payroll of his Save America political action committee, his 2024 presidential campaign or both have worked at the post-presidential office since it opened two years ago, according to campaign finance records and people familiar with the office. Cheung did not respond to a follow-up email seeking details about the office and its operations, including whether aides on Trump’s political payroll who have worked there are also paid by the government or a private noncampaign entity.
Next, the Joe Biden-supporting NBC writers went even further, speculating that Trump’s aides are violating the law despite having no evidence or reason to believe they are.
The NBC authors conclude by doing their damnedest to convince readers that Trump’s post-presidential office is engaged in nefarious activity:
“It is possible for one person to split time between a campaign and government work, according to election finance experts. For example, most executive branch employees — including political appointees — can participate in certain partisan political activities outside of work, so long as they don’t use government resources. And it could be that Trump’s aides are careful not to mix political work with official business.”
But there is a strict prohibition on performing political duties on government time — or in a government-occupied building or room. It is not clear what steps Trump is taking to ensure a wall of separation between official and campaign business for aides who are on his political payroll.
“The general rule is, even where dual-hatting is allowed, and even when it’s being done without pay on either or both jobs, you definitely cannot conduct [political] work in your government office,” said a former Federal Election Commission lawyer who asked to remain anonymous to discuss the Trump situation. “That is pretty close to an ironclad rule.”
Most former presidents don’t have to contemplate mounting a legal defense and a presidential campaign as their aides reply to correspondence from fans and dignitaries.
The DNC’s propaganda wing in MSM is hard at work trying to influence another election.