Attorney General Merrick Garland reportedly deliberated for weeks whether FBI agents should conduct a raid on Mar-a-Lago to retrieve highly classified documents.
At at press conference last week, Garland confirmed that he personally approved the raid on former President Donald Trump’s south Florida residence.
On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Garland spent weeks debating whether the Justice Department should take such a drastic and illegal action. According to the newspaper, the decision to approve the warrant “had been the subject of weeks of meetings between senior Justice Department and FBI officials.”
The WSJ framed Garland’s decision as one of precision and careful deliberation:
Justice Department officials have defended the Mar-a-Lago search as a necessary step approved by Mr. Garland himself. People familiar with the Justice Department’s approach have said a primary goal of the search was to ensure the security of highly sensitive national-security documents after the Trump team didn’t relinquish them and amid concerns that the security of the material at Mar-a-Lago had been put at risk.
However, the timetable also raises questions whether the matter was serious enough to warrant an invasive FBI raid.
If, in fact, Trump retained highly classified documents in a storage room at Mar-a-Lago and an FBI raid was necessary to retrieve the documents, why did the DOJ wait weeks to retrieve them?
Unfortunately, that question will not be answered any time soon. On Monday, the Justice Department insisted the affidavit used to obtain the search warrant — which also contains the probable cause for the search — should remain under government seal.
Alan Dershowitz says that Garland must answer for the illegal raid
Still, attorneys like Alan Dershowitz argue that Garland must answer for why he approved an illegal raid when other means apparently existed to retrieve the items from Mar-a-Lago.
“Why didn’t the Justice Department seek to enforce the subpoena it apparently had issued, rather than seek a search warrant? Was this consistent with the ‘standard practice’ Mr. Garland articulated in his statement — ‘to seek less intrusive alternatives to a search’ whenever possible?” Dershowitz wrote in an essay on Monday.
“Why was the matter handled so differently from the prior investigations of Sandy Berger and Hillary Clinton, who were also suspected of mishandling classified material?” he also asked.
“[U]ntil Mr. Garland fully and specifically answers the hard questions about what appears to be unequal application of rules and practices, ‘what about her emails?’ will be a pertinent question.”
Evan Hurst is a walking talking elitist who likes Marx…
Evan Hurst, probably the worst journalist in the world today, called the hard working men and women of American “human trash.” It’s not clear if he means all capitalists were “human trash” or just the populists that support politicians who side with the people at the expense of the elite.
This wasn’t an offer to help, it was a threat from a man who’s already incited one terrorist attack against the country, and who’s proven repeatedly that he loves to watch the motherfucker burn as long as the human trash that worships him is doing it for his glory. – Evan Hurst
It is possible the left has given up on labor unions and the working class and they are only interested in the unemployed, the newly immigrated and the disabled as clients.
Not only did this further inflame the nation’s political mood it inched us toward open civil war.
Tucker Carlson calls illegal Mar-a-Lago raid what it was…
Tucker founded and acted as editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller, a political news website he launched in 2010. He has hosted the nightly political talk show Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News since 2016. Tucker Carlson has been the more articulate opposition to the Biden government take over. Tucker Carlson has rightly pointed out the coup-like nature of weaponizing the the justice system against your opponents.
This could get very bad, very fast. And the Biden people know that perfectly well, they know what could happen if they continue down this path of using law enforcement to cling to power. But they don’t care, because they’re facing a repudiation from voters, and they’re desperate, and they’ll do anything, but at what cost? Pray they pull back before it’s too late.
These are acts of aggression and hostility aimed at Americans. No American president has ever done this. No American president has ever explicitly declared war on his own population. And yet, for the Biden administration, it’s a near weekly occurrence. Here’s Joe Biden and his attorney general, Merrick Garland, telling you that white supremacists — in other words, Trump voters, because that’s what they mean when they say white supremacists, a term they’ve never defined — white supremacists, Trump voters, are the single greatest terror threat the United States faces.
So, not to be too literal, but this is on some level a news show, that’s a lie. None of what you heard is true. There’s not a single statistic or piece of credible research to support what Biden or his attorney general just said. Again, all of it is a lie. The truth, as usual, is the opposite. These are the people who created the crime wave America is suffering under and now they’re blaming you for it. And for good measure, they’re disarming you because you cannot be trusted with guns because you’re too dangerous. And just in case you missed the theme here, they’re hiring another 87,000 armed IRS agents [Wonkette link, you’re welcome] just to make sure that you obey. Got it?
Temperature has to be brought down
A lot of people are paying a lot of attention to how Donald Trump said, from the bottom of his heart obviously, that the “temperature has to be brought down” after the illegal and unreasonable search of Mar-a-Lago.
People are so angry, you see! Something must be done to calm these people’s anger, and he sure is willing to help.
“The country is in a very dangerous position. There is tremendous anger, like I’ve never seen before, over all of the scams, and this new one — years of scams and witch hunts, and now this,” Trump said.
“If there is anything we can do to help, I, and my people, would certainly be willing to do that,” Trump said.
“There has never been a time like this where law enforcement has been used to break into the house of a former president of the United States, and there is tremendous anger in the country — at a level that has never been seen before, other than during very perilous times,” Trump said.
Trump told Fox News that his team “has not heard yet” from the Justice Department on whether they will accept his offer for help.
“I think they would want the same thing — I’ve never seen anything like this,” Trump said. “It is a very dangerous time for our country.”
He added: “I will do whatever I can to help the country.”
Trump, reflecting on the “years of fake witch hunts and phony Russia, Russia, Russia schemes and scams,” said that “nothing happens to those people who perpetuate that — nothing happens with them.”
“And then they break into a president’s house — a sneak attack where it was totally — no one ever thought a thing like this would happen,” Trump said.