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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) called to defund the law enforcement capabilities of the Department of Justice after former President Donald Trump's Florida home was raided by the FBI.
During an interview with conservative podcaster Steve Bannon, Gaetz compared the FBI to East German Stasi officers.
"They just wanted to storm the place like the East German Stasi," the congressman insisted. "This is in my opinion the most defining moment of the Joe Biden presidency. Before this, it would have been Afghanistan."
Gaetz suggested that Biden was behind the raid that occurred after Democrats "got their polling back" on the Inflation Reduction Act.
"At the same time, they see that we are closing in on Hunter Biden," he said. "We're going to be able to pull those investigative threads with subpoena power."
"So if that's the diagnosis, my assessment that the antidote has to be not one more damn penny for this administrative state that has been weaponized against our people in a very fascist way," Gaetz threatened. "They want to ensure that they centralize their power and so it's my perspective that, you know, if they want to limit the choices of voters with this performative activity then we ought to limit the resources that they have to be able to execute on it."
‘This is a national security issue’: Former FBI agents note key details about ‘raid’ on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago
Two former FBI agents are weighing in on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's execution of a search warrant Monday at the Florida residence of Donald Trump, the former President, which he called a "raid."
"This is a nat sec/CI issue," tweeted Asha Rangappa Tuesday morning, meaning national security and counterintelligence. Rangappa is an attorney, former FBI special agent, senior lecturer at Yale, and CNN commentator.
She was pointing to a tweet by another former FBI special agent, James Harris.
Harris has an extensive bio, highlights of which include his role at FBI HQ Cyber Division as a Program Manager and then Unit Chief (Acting), FBI Senior Liaison Officer to DHS Cybersecurity and Communications, and FBI Assistant Section Chief of the Counterterrorism Internet Operations Section. Earlier in his FBI career he says he "built up the largest Federal Cybercrime Task Force in the US."
Harris points to this section of a CNN article published Tuesday morning, written by seven CNN reporters:
"In early June, a handful of investigators made a rare visit to the property seeking more information about potentially classified material from Trump's time in the White House that had been taken to Florida. The four investigators, including Jay Bratt, the chief of the counterintelligence and export control section at the Justice Department, sat down with two of Trump's attorneys, Bobb and Evan Corcoran, according to a source present for the meeting."
Harris on Twitter highlights this sentence: "The four investigators, including Jay Bratt, the chief of the counterintelligence and export control section at the Justice Department..."
He tweets: "All you 'outraged' GOPers better cool your jets. You might be walking your rhetoric back really fast when you figure out what this seems to be. The devil is in the details."
In January the National Archives was forced to transport from Mar-a-Lago 15 cartons of documents and other items that, according to the Presidential Records Act and the National Archives, should have been turned over to the Archives.
The FBI's execution of the search warrant and reports that they left with a large quantity of documents suggests Trump might not have turned over everything taken from the White House.
Rangappa earlier Tuesday tweeted: "Ask yourself: What kind of info makes its way to the WH, and specifically to the president? —> HIGH LEVEL SECRETS. PDB stuff. Defense info. These aren’t low-level diplomatic cables or overclassified State Dept. correspondence. Just saying."
US tennis great Serena Williams announced on Tuesday that "the countdown has begun" to her retirement from the sport.
"There comes a time in life when we have to decide to move in a different direction," the 40-year-old, 23-time Grand Slam winner said in a post on Instagram.
"That time is always hard when you love something so much. My goodness do I enjoy tennis. But now, the countdown has begun.
"I have to focus on being a mom, my spiritual goals and finally discovering a different, but just exciting Serena. I'm gonna relish these next few weeks."
Williams won the last of her 23 Slams at the 2017 Australian Open when she was already pregnant with daughter, Olympia.
However, she has failed to add a 24th major which would take her level with Margaret Court's all-time record.
Her final attempt will come at the US Open in New York later this month.
Williams stepped onto a hardcourt for the first time in a year and a half on Monday in the WTA Toronto tournament where fought through to the second round with a straight sets victory over Nuria Parrizas Diaz.
It was her first singles victory since the 2021 French Open, some 14 months ago.
The former world number one had played her first singles match in a year during a first round defeat at Wimbledon in June.
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