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Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have "planted" evidence against him during a search at his Mar-a-Lago resort on Monday.
In an angry rant planted on Truth Social, Trump cast aspersions at the FBI for executing a search warrant on his property.
"The FBI and others from the Federal Government would not let anyone, including my lawyers, be anywhere near the areas that were rummaged and otherwise looked at during the raid on Mar-a-Lago," the twice-impeached former president wrote. "Everyone was asked to leave the premises, they wanted to be left alone, without any witnesses to see what they were doing, taking or, hopefully not, 'planting.'"
Trump went on to question why the FBI agents "STRONGLY insist on having nobody watching them" and fumed that "Obama and Clinton were never 'raided' despite big disputes!"
There is no evidence at all that the FBI planted anything during its search of Mar-a-Lago, which was carried out after the agency obtained a lawful search warrant from a judge who believed there was probably cause to believe there was evidence of a crime at Trump's resort.
Trump so far has refused to release the search warrant that could provide some transparency into what the FBI was searching for.
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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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