“Unprecedented,” “banana republic,” and “third world bullsh**” were among the words uttered by outraged supporters of former President Donald Trump to describe the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach, Florida, estate.
As details begin to trickle out, it’s becoming clear that Monday’s action was a political hit job ordered by officials at the highest levels of the Biden administration. It’s impossible to believe the raid would have occurred without the consent of Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI Director Christopher Wray and even President Joe Biden himself.
Based on interviews with eyewitnesses and those with familiar with the situation, The New York Post reported that FBI agents asked Trump’s lawyers, who arrived an hour after it had begun, to turn off surveillance cameras at the residence, which they refused to do, and to remain outside, which they did.
The search warrant for the raid, which began at 9:00 a.m. and ended at 6:30 p.m., “focused solely on presidential records and evidence of classified information being stored there,” the Post reported.
And yet, witnesses told the Post that agents “scoured Melania Trump’s wardrobe and spent several hours combing through Donald Trump’s private office, breaking open his safe and rifling through drawers.”
Among the officials present for the search were three attorneys from the Department of Justice, who, according to one witness, repeatedly said, “We have full access to everything. We can go everywhere.”
The FBI removed 15 boxes of documents which had been kept in a locked basement storage room. A legal source informed the Post that, “[T]he boxes had been packed up by the General Services Administration and shipped to Mar-a-Lago when Trump left office in January 2020.”
This raid occurred even though Trump’s lawyers had been fully cooperating with attorneys for the National Archives and Records Administration on the return of the documents.
Interestingly, lawyer Alan Dershowitz told podcast host Megyn Kelly, “I’ve never seen, in my 60 years, a search warrant used in a situation like this. … The crime that has apparently been alleged is normally punished by an administrative fine, not by criminal prosecution.”
While politics has always been a scrappy arena, the reality of a President Donald Trump radicalized Democrats and brought them to a level of derangement few could have predicted. Consumed by an obsession to derail his candidacy and, failing that, to destroy his presidency, Democrats resorted to levels of depravity rarely seen in America. The full-court press to ruin Trump began with officials in the top ranks of the Obama administration and has continued to this day.
With it came the loss of Americans’ faith and respect for the country’s once most-revered institutions. Speaking with Fox News’ Will Cain on Tuesday night, conservative historian Victor Davis Hanson said, “The FBI is beyond redemption.”
The unbelievable lengths to which Democrats were willing to go have combined to upend the rule of law in America. The same folks who brought us the Trump-Russian collusion hoax, two needless impeachments and countless other frauds are destroying our country, and no one has ever been held accountable because their cronies control the levers of power. Seven years later, we’re living in a country we barely recognize.
Equal application of the law is the single most essential feature of a democratic republic. Without it, a nation cannot call itself a democracy.
What can we do about it? In a Monday night appearance on Fox News’ show Jesse Watters Primetime, colleague Dan Bongino called the raid “some third world bulls**” and offered some wise advice to those worried about America’s future.
In order to save our democratic republic, he said Republicans must get out and vote for GOP candidates in November regardless of how they feel about them personally.
This means voting for Republican candidates some conservatives might consider “squishy,” like Trump-endorsed Dr. Mehmet Oz, running for Senate in Pennsylvania, because every race matters.
Bongino said, “[H]ere’s the solution. … We have now got to win in 2022. You have no choice now, folks. ‘Oh, we don’t like the swampy Republicans.’ I don’t like them either. Republicans may not be the solution to your problems, but Democrats are certainly the cause of all your problems right now. If there was ever a clarion call to remove your a** from the seat and go vote in 2022, this is it.”
Republicans will likely win back the House, but control of the Senate is far less certain.
A previous version of this article appeared on The Washington Examiner.
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