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The FBI searched his Mar-A-Lago home as part of an investigation into improper handling of classified materials, but the "Morning Joe" co-hosts agreed there seemed to be more to the search warrant than has been publicly revealed.
"He committed sedition, you got all of these working-class, middle-class people going to prison for following Donald Trump's lead," Scarborough said. "We know he's guilty of that, we just do. It's out there, and it's going to be up to the Justice Department to connect the dots. Here's the thing, though, Mika, I just cannot believe that yesterday's raid was just about documents. I cannot believe when you have the evidence -- well, not a raid, the search. I can't believe that yesterday's legal judicially sanctioned search of his premises is all about documents."
"It's an awfully dramatic step to take when this is one of the smaller parts of a possible case against a former president who tried to overthrow the federal government, so we'll see what happens," he added.
Trump greatly weakened U.S. national security as president, Brzezinski said, and she said his personal corruption continued to pose a threat even after leaving office.
"Joe, it would be our doing, would be the doing of the complicit Republicans, to a known moron, idiot, fascist -- I mean, there are a million different facts that I can attribute to those words," Brzezinski said. "Getting dirt from a political rival, on a political rival from Ukraine, acting in a racist way. You know, pushing people to come to the Capitol and urging them to go and do something big time. Everything he does is either stupid or cruel."
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'Disaster' Kevin McCarthy slammed by local newspaper editorial for his 'threats' against Merrick Garland
On Wednesday, the editorial board of The Sacramento Bee tore into House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for his threat to go after Attorney General Merrick Garland if he becomes Speaker of the House next year — a threat he made in retaliation for the FBI's search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago country club in Palm Beach, Florida on Monday.
In response to that search, McCarthy tweeted, "When Republicans take back the House, we will conduct immediate oversight of this department, follow the facts and leave no stone unturned. Attorney General Garland, preserve your documents and clear your calendar." The board noted the irony of the demand to "preserve your documents" when Trump repeatedly flushed protected presidential records down the toilet.
This sort of attack on an independent investigation, warned the board, would be a "disaster."
"When House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield threatened Attorney General Merrick Garland on Twitter Monday night for deploying FBI agents to search the Florida resort of former President Donald Trump, it was a political declaration of war," wrote the board. "McCarthy once swore an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution against enemies foreign and domestic, but that oath clearly means little to him as he unilaterally disregards the work of a sitting attorney general before Garland even has a chance to make his case against Trump."
"Whether McCarthy is serious or not, we should take him at his word: If Republicans take back the House in November, McCarthy would use his office to target Garland because the attorney general’s pursuit of facts is a threat to McCarthy’s pursuit of misinformation," wrote the board. "McCarthy’s threat to go after Garland if he gains power in November is even more disturbing because it would set up the Republican House leadership as agents of Trump with the goal of using their power to protect Trump no matter the evidence against him."
"Every House race in America this fall should be viewed in this context. A vote for GOP leadership in the House would be a vote to support McCarthy’s vow to use his power to fight the rule of law and defend his choice of party over country," concluded the board. "McCarthy told us what he would do if he comes to power, so for the good of democracy, we must prevent that from happening."
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Fascism is history, Italy's far-right leader Giorgia Meloni declared Wednesday in a video message aimed at international critics alarmed by her predicted victory in September 25 elections.
The 45-year-old, whose Brothers of Italy party is topping opinion polls, recorded a monologue in English, Spanish and French that rails at "the left" and defends her fight for "stability, freedom and prosperity for Italy".
"I have been reading that the victory of Fratelli d'Italia in the September elections would mean a disaster, leading to an authoritarian turn, Italy's departure from the euro and other nonsense of this sort. None of this is true," she said in the video sent to international journalists.
She also condemned as "absurd" the notion she would put at risk far-reaching structural reforms agreed with the European Union in return for billions of euros in post-pandemic recovery funds.
Brothers of Italy, which Meloni founded in 2012, is a political descendant of the Italian Social Movement (MSI), formed by supporters of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini after World War II.
But she insisted in her video: "The Italian right has handed fascism over to history for decades now, unambiguously condemning the suppression of democracy and the ignominious anti-Jewish laws."
Brothers of Italy was the only main party not to join the national unity government formed by Prime Minister Mario Draghi in February 2021 -- and has since seen its poll ratings soar.
Since the coalition collapsed and Draghi resigned last month, it has remained in pole position with around 23 percent of support.
Meloni has agreed an alliance to form a government with Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia and Matteo Salvini's anti-immigration League, but reiterated this week she plans to be prime minister if her party comes out on top.
Her rise has prompted a slew of negative headlines at home and abroad, to which her team is starting to respond, including with an interview to Fox News in English last month.
Meloni emphasizes her Christian and family values, backs more defense spending, lower taxes and an end to mass immigration.
In her video, she says the "Italian conservatives" she leads are "a bastion of freedom and defense of Western values".
While backing the EU's tough response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, she is highly critical of the bloc and has ties to Spain's Vox and Poland's Law and Justice parties.
In her video, she emphasized the "shared values" with Britain's Conservatives, the US Republicans and Israel's Likud.
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