It’s been five months now since Joe Biden’s FBI seized the safety deposit boxes of Trump supporters in a Beverly Hills neighborhood. The FBI still won’t give back the property that it stole from the most hard-partying MAGA fun brigade in Los Angeles County. The excuses that federal prosecutors and the FBI are making for keeping the property are wearing thin. Fortunately, the judge assigned to the case is not falling for any of those excuses. And we now know from the search warrant that led to the seizures that the FBI was never supposed to take the safety deposit boxes in the first place.
We first published the original story back in May. If you’ve missed earlier updates about this story, I’ll try to catch you up quickly. Remember all those amazing Trump MAGA rallies in Beverly Hills last year? Those happened in one particular neighborhood in Beverly Hills, which just so happened to be the one area of Los Angeles County that Donald Trump decisively won over Joe Biden. Too many Americans lived in that neighborhood for California’s notorious illegal alien vote squadrons to tip the election toward Biden.
There’s a private security company in that neighborhood called US Private Vaults. The FBI raided the company in March. According to the newly unsealed warrant, the feds believed that the owners were laundering money for illegal pot growers in California. The warrant allowed them to search the private security building and seize computers, drug scales, guns, computers and any evidence of money laundering.
The warrant did NOT authorize the FBI to seize the contents of all of the safe deposit boxes in the vault, however. But they did it anyway. My belief all along has been that the real reason why the FBI targeted US Private Vaults is because it sits in the middle of LA’s small but mighty MAGA country. The FBI seized the safety deposit box contents of a bunch of a Trump supporters by targeting this one specific business.
Whether the owners of US Private Vaults are guilty of anything is beside the point. Think of it this way: The FBI raids the manager of an apartment building because he’s suspected of a crime. Does the FBI then have the right to go into EVERY other apartment in the building and seize everyone’s television and refrigerator as “evidence?” Of course not. That would be absurd. But that was exactly what the FBI did when it seized more 800 safety deposit boxes in a neighborhood full of wealthy Trump supporters.
None of the box holders were listed in the warrant and none were suspected of a crime when the FBI raided US Private Vaults. But now the FBI is saying that all of those people must be drug dealers!
In order to get the contents of their own safety deposit boxes back from the FBI – and which the FBI never had the right to seize in the first place – the FBI is now demanding that the box holders prove that they are not drug dealers or money launderers.
US Private Vaults offered an unprecedented level of security and privacy for rich Beverly Hills folks to store their valuables. They used biometric scanners for entry to the vault, which allows safety deposit box holders to remain anonymous. It sounds really nice to most normal people, and that’s why US Private Vaults charged more than your local bank for a safety deposit box.
Yet the FBI is arguing that because US Private Vaults is suspected of criminal activity, all of the company’s customers must be criminals too.
The warrant states, “There is no reason for non-criminal clients to use USPV.”
Huh? Of course there is! What if it’s closer to their home than their regular bank? What if some of them are celebrities who like the extra privacy that a private company provides as opposed to a bank? I can think of about 50 reasons why non-criminals would use a company like US Private Vaults.
And besides that, what business is it of the FBI’s whether someone wants to store their gold coins, cash or jewelry in their mattress, or a coffee can in their backyard, or in a private vault?
Do you catch the legal logic of what the FBI is claiming? It’s like saying your local grocery store manager is a secret bank robber, and therefore you must be a criminal too because you buy milk and eggs from him.
Fortunately, Judge R. Gary Klausner in LA isn’t buying any of the BS from the FBI or federal prosecutors. They’ve tried multiple times to get the judge to allow them to forfeit the contents of safe deposit boxes to the federal government. The reason? The rich clients had their retirement savings, a bunch of gold coins, or other valuables stored in their boxes – and therefore they must be money launderers!
Judge Klausner has swatted down every such attempt by prosecutors and the FBI so far. He says the FBI has provided “no factual basis” for why it deserves to keep safety deposit box contents that they never had a warrant to seize in the first place. Klausner has also stated that the government’s case against these Trump supporters isn’t founded on “anything more than pure conjecture.”
That’s great, but… when can these people get their stuff back from the Biden regime?