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Bill Clinton Kept Hidden Treasures in His Sock Drawer, Never Raided!

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Guess what Bill “Slick Willie” Clinton kept in his sock drawer. Wait! On second thought, don’t guess; that could get scary fast.

The answer is audio tapes of conversations with historian/author Taylor Branch while Clinton was President–to keep you from any other scary guesses.

After Branch wrote a book about Clinton and disclosed in an interview that Slick Willie held onto the tapes and kept them in a sock drawer, Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), seeking that NARA takes possession of the recordings.

According to a report, the implications of that case could have a significant bearing on some of the actions taken during the FBI raid in Mar-a-Lago. Specifically, the “decision to seize handwritten notes and files Trump took with him to Mar-a-Lago.”

The case was decided against Judicial Watch in 2012 by US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in DC, and Clinton was allowed to retain possession of the audio tapes. The Judge ruled that there “was no provision in the Presidential Records Act to force the National Archives to seize records from a former president.

Jackson also wrote, “Under the statutory scheme established by the PRA, the decision to segregate personal materials from Presidential records is made by the President, during the President’s term, and in his sole discretion.”

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And that isn’t all!

Jackson also ruled that the President controls the “management and even the disposal of Presidential records,” therefore the Court could not infringe on the President’s “authority to do what he pleases with what he considers to be his personal records.” In fact, the President could even destroy any records and need only let the Archives know that he did it.

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We’re not done yet!

Judge Jackson also wrote in her decision:

Because the audiotapes are not physically in the government’s possession, defendant submits that it would be required to seize them directly from President Clinton in order to assume custody and control over them. Defendant considers this to be an ‘extraordinary request’ that is unfounded, contrary to the PRA’s express terms, and contrary to traditional principles of administrative law. The Court agrees.”

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The defendant was the Department of Justice.

It was decided that the only way a President’s decision regarding the records could be challenged was through NARA, in cooperation with the United States Attorney General. Even then, it is “a civil procedure and has no criminal penalty.”

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Recall that President Trump has claimed that all records at Mar-a-Lago “were both declassified and deemed personal by him,” which the 2012 Jackson ruling which clearly states he has the sole authority to do.

In addition to the Jackson ruling, “both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama signed executive orders — which remain in force to this day — declaring that presidents have sweeping authority to declassify secrets and do not have to follow the mandatory declassification procedures all other government officials do.”

Precedents. Precedents everywhere.

Precedents that cause the FBI/DOJ raid on President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence to have the stench of double-standard and police-state tactics all over it.

In the words of Tom Fitton from Judicial Watch, “The Justice Department previously had told us in response to a question about Bill Clinton: ‘Tough luck, it’s his.’ But they changed their mind for Donald Trump?”… The law and court decision suggests that Trump is right. And frankly, based on this analysis, Trump should get every single document they took from him back. It’s all personal records.”

Was it mentioned that midterms are fast approaching?

 

Notice: This article may contain commentary that reflects the author’s opinion.

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