Donald Trump claims that he had declassified the documents that were recovered from Mar-a-Lago, but the problem he's facing is that there is no evidence to back up this claim. HOWEVER, there is a single witness - Kash Patel - who claims he was there when it happened. As it turns out, Trump paid Patel $7,500 AFTER the FBI took the documents from Trump, and it certainly looks like this could be viewed as a bribe to Patel. Farron Cousins explains what's happening.
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Donald Trump for weeks now, basically ever since the FBI went down to Malago has been trying to convince us that he declassified all of those things that were down there at Malago, including the ones, somehow that he claims the FBI planted down there, he of course had the foresight to know they were gonna be planted. So he declassified 'em ahead of time. Um, however, his lawyers have so far, as I've mentioned, many times failed to mention in any of their legal filings, that some of these documents were declassified this week, the special master that Donald Trump picked himself, asked them to tell him which documents were declassified. And they said, no, we're not gonna do that. Which of course made the special master, uh, Raymond de say, okay, listen, if you're not gonna do that, I got no choice to them. Decide what the DOJ like, if you're not gonna cooperate with me and tell me what is allegedly declassified, I'm gonna go ahead and end this right now and say, the DOJ can do whatever the hell they want.
So still waiting on resolution for that, by the way. But Raymond de is already out of patience with Trump's people. And of course we have had, you know, government agencies that have been hit with FOYA requests and they've come back and said, we have no record of any of these things being declassified. So if they were declassified, allegedly, you know, if Trump stood over and said, you're declassified now, um, he didn't do it the right way, which would of course mean they're not actually declassified cuz the government has no record of it. Now I tell you all of that backstory to tell you this, there is one person who claims that Donald Trump SWO to me that he declassified these documents. So there's a witness that witness also happens to be exceptionally unreliable. It is children's book, author K Patel. Now Mr. Patel now has two children's, uh, books out, uh, one, well basically the, the premise of both of them is that Donald Trump is the king and in the first book he has to vanquish the evil Hillary Clinton.
Uh, and then in the second one, he has the election stolen from him. That one actually I think came out this week, Trump's been promoting it on truth. Social said he wants it in every classroom, in every school, across the country because Republicans do love indoctrinating kids. Um, but that's cash Patel. He's a Trump advisor. And according to Mr. Patel, Donald Trump told him he declassified these things. So he's the only witness, but there's already a problem. According to reports this week, Donald Trump's save America pack revealed this week that they had actually paid Mr. Patel, 11 days after the FBI went down to Margo, they paid Mr. Patel, $7,500, $7,500 for, uh, consulting services. Yeah, just generic, not verifiable really in any way just said, yeah, we, uh, we consulted with him. So we gave him some money. And
Then, then of course he gets the $7,500 days after the FBI goes to Margo. And then he says, Hey, by the way, uh, yeah, Trump told me he declassified all these things. So I'm a witness and I'll testify to that, right? I don't know if he said he'd testify or not. I'm just, you know, doing an impression, but that payment to Mr. Patel, who has been by Donald Trump's side, let's be honest for quite some time. Now he's served as a, an advisor. He's been with Donald Trump for many, many years, but never got paid through that. Save America pack. So the timing of it is of course, exceptionally weird, Mr. Patel's been by your side, ever since you left office, at any point, you could have paid him through the save America pack. If he was indeed an actual consultant, but you didn't do it till after you got rated by the FBI.
And at that point, Patel is somehow the only witness who knows that you declassified these documents. Wow. What a strange string of coincidences, right? Folks, you get a bunch of money and then you go out there and you say that you're a witness to something that literally nobody else got to see that there's no record of with the federal government. There's nothing except for you. And you're $7,500. Now to me, this looks like a bribe at 100%, looks like a bribe, a payoff, whatever you want to call it, in my opinion, that's what I feel.