Trump Stole Nuclear Documents In Newest Betrayal of the American People

Jayden D'Onofrio - Teen Aspect - August 12th, 2022
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House in 2018 (Mandel Ngan / AFP)
 

Our former president has stolen documents relating to the secrets of the nation’s nuclear weapons and defenses, in a new reality that feels straight out of a movie. President Trump, who has already found himself embattled in various legal battles across the nation for his ‘stolen election claims’, repulsive business practices, and potential corruption, may now have found the end of the rope due to the insane stealing of some of the United States most important national security documents.

Following the raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida by the FBI on August 8th, it has been widely reported that the nations federal law enforcement agencies were in search of dozens of boxes of TS/SCI material (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information), this is information that is only accessible at the highest levels of the federal government and the military (i). Information that is designated as TS/SCI, especially that of nuclear relevance, is worth billions of dollars to governments like Saudi Arabia, Russia, China, and more.

Our nation has found itself embroiled in the biggest scandal in American history if the reporting continues to reign true, as former President Trump would likely face charges on stealing the nations most protected documents, but also potentially trying to commit espionage and sell the information for billions in personal profit, a revelation that would bring into play the death penalty if abiding by historical precedent. For example, during the Cold War, specifically 1953, two people, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, were executed for espionage, a charge that stemmed from the two giving nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union that allowed the nation to develop nuclear weapons several years in advance than they previously would have been able to.

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg in 1951

This raid at Trump’s estate for such high-level documents comes after multiple years of questionable dealings with Saudi Arabia, the likeliest of nations to desire detrimental information regarding nuclear material. Before we examine some events of suspicious activity between President Trump and Saudi Arabia, let us understand what Saudi Arabia is historically and presently.


Historically speaking, Saudi Arabia is notorious for its involvement in the 9/11 attacks that killed thousands within the United States (ii). In addition, the Saudi government has constantly suppressed human rights and even assassinated journalists, represented by the killing of Joshua Khashoggi, a journalist for the Washington Post (iii). Currently, the Saudi’s are in search of possessing their own nuclear weapons and have been for the past few decades for several reasons. Chief among which, the production of Saudi nuclear weapons allows the nation to essentially become the de facto head of the Middle East while also serving as a massive deterrent to Iran, an important adversary looking to spread its influence. To add on, the Saudi’s are one of the biggest producers of oil in the world, possessing nuclear weapons allows the nation to find a new source of war: economic warfare through control of global oil supply from unwarranted threats. All this to say, nuclear weapons in the hands of the Saudi’s would be a massive strategic win for the nation, but a disaster for the well-being of most other countries.

Considering that, how closely associated is Trump with the Saudi’s?

Well, in 2019, then current President Trump was reportedly ‘eager’ to hand the Saudi’s nuclear secrets. (iv)


Furthermore, multiple whistleblowers raised grave concerns in regards to the Trump administration's efforts to transfer sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, a revelation that made its way to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform in February of 2019. (v)


As a White House senior adviser, Jared Kushner watches a ceremony at the Royal Court Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2017. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Now, more recently, Jared Kushner, son-in-law to President Trump and former Senior Advisor to the President, is in the midst of being investigated by the same Oversight Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives for a $2 billion (!!!) check sent to Kushner’s firm from the Saudi’s (vi).



In addition, President Trump hosted the brand-new LIV Golf tournament at his own golf club in Bedminster between the 29th and 31st of July, allowing him to profit off a league founded by some of the most important Saudi’s that consistently shoot down standard human rights in their own country (vii).

Former President Donald Trump plays in the pro-am round of the Bedminster Invitational LIV Golf tournament in Bedminster, NJ., Thursday, July 28, 2022 (Seth Wenig/AP Photo)

Publicly, there has been no information from the FBI or Justice Department on what exactly President Trump intended to do with the nuclear documents he stole, but such documents are not exactly something you would read aloud at a dinner party. Some have said that perhaps the former President took the documents unknowingly, however, this is highly unlikely due to the fact that the FBI delivered a subpoena to President Trump months ago to return the missing documents they knew he possessed. Because none of the documents were returned from the subpoena, the FBI performed the recent Mar-a-Lago raid, even months after the FBI had already gathered dozens of boxes of sensitive documents in an orderly transition from the Trump estate.


Here is what’s clear, a United States former President, Donald J. Trump, deliberately and knowingly stole our nation’s most vital documents. Whether it was just to keep and read aloud, or to sell to foreign governments for billions of dollars worth of profits is to be determined. Either way, both lead to life in prison, with the latter possibly meaning the death penalty according to historical precedent. If any common citizen such as you or I were to steal documents pertaining to nuclear secrets of the TS/SCI designation just as former President Trump did, we would be in prison on day one and subsequently tried for the death penalty.


References

(i) Entin, B., & Bullock, J. J. (2022, August 12). FBI agents found dozens of classified documents in Mar-a-Lago search. NewsNation. Retrieved August 12, 2022, from https://www.newsnationnow.com/politics/wapo-fbi-was-searching-trump-home-for-nuclear-documents/


(ii) Senate Hearing 108-921. - terrorism: Two years after 9/11, connecting the dots. (2003). Retrieved August 12, 2022, from https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CHRG-108shrg93083/html/CHRG-108shrg93083.htm


(iii) Myre, G., Kennedy, M., & Romo, V. (2021, February 26). U.S. intelligence: Saudi crown prince approved operation to kill Jamal Khashoggi. NPR. Retrieved August 12, 2022, from https://www.npr.org/2021/02/25/971215788/biden-administration-poised-to-release-report-on-killing-of-jamal-khashoggi


(iv) Levin, B. (2019, March 28). Trump admin weirdly eager to hand the Saudis Nuclear Secrets. Vanity Fair. Retrieved August 12, 2022, from https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/03/trump-admin-eager-to-hand-the-saudis-nuclear-secrets


(v)https://oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/Trump%20Saudi%20Nuclear%20Report%20-%202-19-2019.pdf


(vi) Shabad, R. (2022, June 3). House oversight investigating $2 billion Saudi investment in Jared Kushner's firm. CNBC. Retrieved August 12, 2022, from https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/03/house-oversight-investigating-2b-saudi-investment-in-jared-kushners-firm.html


(vii) Cassidy, J. (2022, July 21). Trump seeks money and revenge in hosting the new Saudi Golf League. The New Yorker. Retrieved August 12, 2022, from https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/trump-seeks-money-and-revenge-in-hosting-new-saudi-golf-league



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