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The Day the FBI Raided Donald Trump

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This week, the FBI raided the Florida home of former President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago. They based their raid on the purported rationale that they suspected Trump of having mishandled classified information, taking home materials meant for the National Archives: according to The New York Times, the search “appeared to be focused on material that Mr. Trump had brought with him to Mar-a-Lago… Those boxes contained many pages of classified documents.” Trump quickly responded with outrage: “After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate. Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries. They even broke into my safe!”

We have not yet seen the warrant for the raid, the warrant application or the underlying evidence; presumably, the head of the FBI and the head of the Department of Justice, Attorney General Merrick Garland, would have had to sign off on the raid. And, to put it mildly, the basis for such a raid — a raid authorized by a current presidential administration on the leader of the prior administration and front-runner for the nomination in 2024 — seems extraordinarily weak. In 2015, former Clinton national security adviser Sandy Berger only received a misdemeanor charge for stuffing classified documents down his pants; in 2016, the FBI investigated Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified emails but certainly never raided her home or offices, despite finding that it was “possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account,” complete with access to classified information. Trump, by contrast, was president — which means he had plenary authority to declassify any document. Yet it was Trump who was raided.

If the basis for the raid is anything less than bedrock-solid, therefore, the most serious questions of political legitimacy will be on the table. After all, this amounts to the current administration authorizing a raid on the head of the prior administration; it apparently centers on a matter unrelated to events surrounding Jan. 6 and the aftermath of the 2020 election. It seems, on its face, pretextual. We won’t know whether it is or isn’t until we see the underlying documentation. But without the sort of trust the FBI has failed to cultivate over the past few years, the clamor for such documentation will rightly be deafening.

Suspicions are certainly in order, given the behavior of the FBI over the course of the last few years. The FBI spent years running a deep investigation on Trump’s campaign and presidency, based on speculative nonsense compiled by the Clinton campaign in the form of the so-called Steele dossier. FBI Director James Comey seemed to launder that nonsense into the press by presenting Trump with the dossier, despite no evidence that the dossier had any support whatsoever. There is a reason that as of 2018, just 45% of independents and 39% of Republicans said they trusted the FBI most or all of the time.

The FBI raid on Trump could easily be yet another inflection point in the complete breakdown of America’s public institutions. Every “I” must be dotted and “t” crossed — and there must be tangible results. Anything less should and will lead to a political crisis of real magnitude.

Ben Shapiro, 38, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” and Editor-in-Chief of DailyWire.com. He is a three-time New York Times bestselling author; his latest book is “The Authoritarian Moment: How The Left Weaponized America’s Institutions Against Dissent.”

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Stan
1 month ago

The raid represents an abuse of power by the abusive left and a violation of norms for political sabotage and partisan gains further dividing our nation. No one is above the law, not even the Attorney General.

Hal
1 month ago

The article says “suspected.” It takes more than suspicion to warrant trampling on a citizens rights. But most people know that it was merely an intrusion on Trump’s Consitutional rights to find something to use to dosage him in the eyes of American voters.

Hal
1 month ago

This incursion on Trump is just one in a series of Constitutional violations by the DemocRat Party leading to their goal of installing themselves as the permanent politburo of a Communist governance system installs RULE of the people … not an unblemished action to GOVERN the people based on the principals found in the Constitution. Believe it or not … the presend DemocRat-Biden administration is seeking to install the DemocRat party as the Politburo of RULING the people …and that is COMMUNISM GOVERNANCE.(RULE).

Ted L.
1 month ago

DeSantis has a whole lot to answer for here. Sure he is joining the crowd that is angry about the raid — to cover his own keister! Let’s see him explain the 27 calls the day before the raid that were supposedly made between his home (NOT his office) and an FBI-affiliated number. If he doesn’t have anything to hide why isn’t he turning over the phone records? He is lying, cheating, and stealing his way to the GOP nomination.

Jeff288
1 month ago
Reply to  Ted L.

Ted, I’m afraid that is just a rumor being spread by rabid pro-Trump folks and there is no truth to it. DeSantis is a great man and would not do something like that. I believe he will win the nomination fair and square without any monkey business.

RyansDad
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff288

I’d support DeSantis in 2028, but we need the “Junk-Yard Dog” to clean house beginning in January, 2925!

Trump is the guy best able to “Right our American Ship, and clean house!

Specifically:
Zero out the budgets for the Departments of:
– Education
– Agriculture
– Commerce
– Energy
– HHS
– HOMELAND Security
– HUD
– LABOR
– TRANSPORTATION
The (few) essential functions within the eliminated “Departments “ can be included in a couple of departments.

I would also support giving the present “Washington, DC” back to the contributing states and relocating to a NEW Washington DC located in the geographical center on the Continental USA! The cost would be paid for by the elimination of unnecessary departments.

GTPatriot
1 month ago

This is merely a last minute rig the 2022 vote manuver as the dems now know the Jan 6 committee has nothing requiring yet again another get rid of Trump effort. This, I believe, is attempt #9.
The previous 8 have obviously failed .You will hear no more from the Jan 6 committee. It was officially shut down when Maro-Lago was raided.

Kat Hunger
1 month ago

The states of the US have to call for a Convention of States. Our federal government has gone rogue with corruption and bloat, persecuting conservatives and treating them as second class citizens who now have no judicial recourse and are not allowed to exercise their God given rights and liberties stated in our Constitution and Bill of rights. The States have to take back control of our Country.

Ken Westenkirchner
1 month ago

It’s time my friends

Hal
1 month ago

This nasty unConstitutional crime may be backfiring on the Dumbocrats!!!! It seems to me that public opinion is grossly against this latest DemocRat/Biden tactic of violation of a citizen’s Constitutional rights.

John
1 month ago

This isn’t just a “former President” this is a potential opposition candidate to the ruling Party which makes it exponentially worse and more nefarious. This is political theater and is hypocrisy at its worst. This is like a lawyer saying something in court to influence the jury which he knows should not have been said. It is impossible for the Jury to forget the statement and thus influences the outcome of the trial. The Democrats have once again shown The Constitution means nothing to them. There is nothing the Left will not do to get and keep power. What we have here is blatant Treason. What penalty should they suffer for destruction of the USA?

Judy Gonzales
1 month ago

Guess I’m going to have to go to AMAC’s website to read their articles. Seems they got tired of my complaints about them monitoring our comments and have blocked me from these articles through the emails they send me. Yes, I was quite direct about having my comments, ‘waiting for approval.’ Sometimes it took me 20 to 30 minutes to type a comment; then they would hold it for waiting approval. That usually takes a couple days. It was very irritating. I felt what I had to say was important, and the way they set up monitoring, it was not necessary. We are mature adults and can decide for ourselves what we deem foul or suspicious to report on our own.
Anyhow, I’m still a paying member and the only response I received was from Messenger that stated they were doing some updates and working on fixing some problems with them. If that is true, how come you all are still able to access these articles? Well, I hope I’m wrong, and they fix the situation with their updates. Has this happened to anyone else?

Ok, now, in my opinion, Communist China has taken over this country. Raiding President Trump’s home is only the beginning. I’m sure he has the best lawyers working on this, but our entire judicial system is corrupted. Even in our states justice systems the Communists are against God and Christianity and everything that is good and the truth. And doing this to President Trump, we’ll be next! With Militerizing the IRS, this is too scary!! Love your children and grandchildren as much as you can and tell them their only hope is in Jesus Christ and they need to believe and trust in him, even if they can’t see him, he can see them! God in heaven help us!!

Steve from WA
1 month ago
Reply to  Judy Gonzales

Judy, when you submit a comment it takes the site a little while to log your IP address and location info and examine the rest of your browsing habits. Unfortunately this is standard practice these days!

Judy Gonzales
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve from WA

Thank you Steve, but I’m still not able to access these articles through the emails they’re sending me. For commenting, my title was Judy K. Now I’m just using my first and last name. I’ve sent AMAC administrators messages and all I got was that one automated reply. I’m a paying member and it would be nice if they get this figured out. I admit I was pretty nasty about telling them how I felt about being monitered. I didn’t use foul language or anything, I just let them know I don’t think they’re respecting their own long term members. Anyway, I appreciate these articles, and many of yours and other members comments. May God see fit to forgive us and turn us back to him.

Rich
1 month ago

Another example of the extent to which the democrats will go to destroy someone. If President Trump now, how about the rest of us later? The corrupted organizations in Washington D.C. cannot be trusted anymore. The democrats are in control of everything. Time; past time, to turn this mess around. If “they” ever decide to come after the guns, it will look a lot like this raid. All they need now is to totally destroy our constitution, and they’re working on that. The brown shirt jack boots are here, “transforming” our country.

Hal
1 month ago

To put it in simplest focus. The Constitutional Rights seem to appear to have been violated against Trump by the governance of those pledged to protect it … for all citizens. And we all know that at the heart of the break-in to Trumps home is a partisan panic to get something to savage Trump come future elections. The DemocRat Party knows that the public is aware that Trump was denied his second term as POTUS by a RIGGED ELECTION after harassing him with phony claims of sexual misconduct prepared with gross lies and paid for by partisan opposition. And to this day, still don’t understand the basis for the attempt to impeach him mainly because they could try, and the media would eat it up like a child would eat candy. To say it disgusts me is putting it mildly. I will never believe in the integrity of the DemocRat party or its members in my lifetime.

Rich
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

It’s time to realize that they don’t have any more integrity.

Charlene
1 month ago

And again, just before election time. Just enough time to leak

Chris
1 month ago

When do we have accountability for the left criminals. I want to see them locked up and pay for what they are trying to do to our country.

Rexford Ames
1 month ago

We have turned the corner for our own destruction. Madam Pelosi is now the President of the U.S. She has assumed the authority contrary to the U.S. Constitution and American LAW. She now represents this country, the current President is unable to fulfil his duties. That has become a fact. Politics have turned into political hackers and maintain control as a Party. The so-called Legal system, In this Case. The D.O.J has turned the F.B.I. into the new (GESTAPO). That was the term used during the World War II era.
If Mrs. Pelosi has the authority to control: The F.B.I., D.O.J and many other agencies that are run by Government agencies. Enough said.
The primary cause is: PARTY. Does not matter: Republican or Democrat affiliation. They have established control over our Financial and personal lives! Requirement: Go Digital in all matters: Financial is but just one action of many. They control You, You do not Control Them! The deep State is and has control.
Why does one think the F.B.I. has permission to raid anyone they can without being held accountable except to: The D.O.J and it’s controller: Nancy Pelosi, Life Time member from San Francisco, California!
Deep State is the KEY!

terg
1 month ago

What an abuse of power. I could say a lot more but doesn’t do any good.

I’m not able to link to AMAC anymore from the email. My browser is DuckDuckgo. I can pull up the website but can’t pull it up from the link. This has been for the last couple of weeks.

Editor
Grace Rowan
1 month ago
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We appreciate the time you took to share your concerns with us, it will help us to continue providing you and all our members with a quality publication. We apologize for the inconvenience, our IT department is aware of the browser issues and it is being worked on. Thank you for your continued support. 

Judy Gonzales
1 month ago
Reply to  Grace Rowan

Hi Grace, I’m having the same issue all of a sudden. I also use Duck Duck Go. The same amount of time it’s been going on for me. My comment above will help you understand how I’m feeling about this. I would like to know if I’ve been blocked from AMAC through my emails. Thank you, sincerely Judy K. (Judy Gonzales).

Bill on the Hill
1 month ago

Welcome to the Banana Republic of the American Socialist ( communist ) Democrat Party of America…
The Democrat Party cheated & outright stole the 2020 presidential election with ZERO consequences & now this, invading the 45th President’s home with ZERO warrants shown thus far & even if the warrants are produced, they will amount to nothing of any substance, just as the Russian Collusion Hoax clearly illustrated after ( 4 ) years of producing NOTHING under Mueller & was fully backed by the FBI under Director Christopher Wray, a Republican to boot…Yes & no surprises here, AG Garland, another Republican, signed off on this FBI raid & all in the hopes of keeping Donald J. Trump from ever running for POTUS again. ( There was a clear & concise reason why Obama endorsed Garland for the SCOTUS some years ago. )
Make no mistake, they will lie, cheat & steal their way through the Nov. midterms, just a few months away now…
At this stage, Washington, DC is a cesspool of CORRUPTION from the presidency, his cabinet & all ( 3 ) branches of government, it is game over…
If this kind of unprecedented behavior continues there will be NO 2024 presidential election…
The Republican Party will become a thing of the past, the exact opposite of what should happen…
The Democrats madness continues with no letup in sight as they do all of this in the wide open now with NO fear of reprisals whatsoever…
Biden will NOT be around to much longer imho, the Democrats themselves are working on that angle right this moment, i.e. Pelosi’s recent trip to Taiwan pretty much spells it out, Sleepy Joe is not nor ever was in control since day ( 1 ) of his installation as president of the United States of America some ( 20 ) months ago now… :~(
Bill…

Max
1 month ago

Good to see that you are still alive! you have been much too quiet.

Dolores
1 month ago

You are correct Washing DC is a cesspool with plenty of s**t in it. We do have to help Trump in making it to
the White House.

Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago

Welcome to Venezuela Norte! Gee, I can’t wait until those 87,000 new IRS agents come after me next… I was leaning toward DeSantis in 2024 but if Democrats hate Trump this much he has my vote once again! Like the phony letter about parents threatening Virginia teachers over CRT, give it a month, tops… there will be a leaked memo proving how the White House ordered this.

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