Political battle lines hardened Saturday over the FBI’s raid on President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago vacation spot in Florida.
A senior Republican in the Senate has called for the release of the evidence that convinced a judge to let the agency take the unprecedented step of breaking into an ex-president’s home.
Meanwhile, Democrats condemned the GOP’s anti-FBI rhetoric – which they said puts agents at risk.
“There is a political bias within the FBI, and I think it’s legitimate to ask the question about… how President Trump was treated,” Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Fox News.
Grassley echoed the call from House Republicans, who said the Justice Department should turn over not only the FBI search warrant Friday, but also the supporting affidavit, a document laying the basis for investigators’ suspicion that the 45 was his only tenure.
“Full transparency will be when they release the affidavit,” Grassley said, dismissing Attorney General Merrick Garland’s claim that only a full-scale raid, as opposed to “less intrusive” methods, could be used to steal materials from Trump’s possession .
“Just imagine the double standards we’ve had under the FBI for a long time,” Grassley said, citing past scandals like the fraudulent FISA search warrants against Trump adviser Carter Page, Christopher Steele’s anti-Trump dossier and that Kid Gloves Investigating Hillary Clinton’s secret email server.
Meanwhile, Vice President Kamala Harris broke her silence on the Mar-a-Lago matter on Friday night during a weekend trip to California.
“I will say, as a former prosecutor, but as a citizen of our nation, attacks on law enforcement are totally unacceptable,” she said in a statement released Saturday morning.
“Any so-called leader who engages in rhetoric that in any way suggests that law enforcement should be exposed to this type of danger is irresponsible,” she added.
A 42-year-old gunman was killed in a shooting Thursday after attempting to attack an FBI field office in Cincinnati, and the agency says it has received an “unprecedented” number of threats since the search of Trump’s home was made public , CNN reported.
Biden, who retired with his family on a beach vacation in South Carolina, has not commented on the FBI’s search.
But Trump and some Republican allies have slammed the agency since Monday’s search of his property. The former president accused the Justice Department of conducting a “coordinated attack with radical left-wing Democrats at the state and local levels.” [district attorney’s] & [attorneys general]and even claimed the FBI might have planted evidence.
“Like all the other hoaxes and scams they have used to attempt to silence the voice of a vast majority of the American people, I have the TRUTH on my side,” Trump wrote in an email to his supporters on Saturday.
https://nypost.com/2022/08/13/political-fallout-mounts-over-fbi-raid-on-trump-mar-a-lago-home/ The FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home is growing in political ramifications