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Donald Trump continues to lash out after the FBI executed a search warrant on Trump and his Mar-a-Lago resort on Monday.
In his first statement, Trump attempted to make his personal legal issues an assault on the country, describing "dark times for our nation."
"What is the difference between this and Watergate, where operatives broke into the Democrat (sic) National Committee?" Trump asked.
Although Trump was thoroughly panned for his comparison, he continued his rants on his Truth Social website, when Trump tried to blame local district attorneys and state attorneys general for the raid by the FBI, which is run by a man Trump personally picked for the position.
"A horrible thing that took place yesterday at Mar-a-Lago," Trump argued. "We are no better than a third world country, a banana republic. It is a continuation of Russia, Russia, Russia, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax # 2, the no collusion Mueller Report, and more. To make matters worse it is all, in my opinion, a coordinated attack with Radical Left Democrat state & local D.A.’s & A.G.’s."
On Tuesday evening, Trump tried to say that the execution of a valid search warrant at his resort was an attack on every American, even the majority of voters who chose to remove him from office in the 2020 presidential election he lost to Joe Biden.
"What took place yesterday, and long before, was an unprecedented infringement of the rights of every American citizen," Trump argued. "Scam after Scam, year after year, it is all the Radical Left Democrats really know, it is their lifeblood - they have no shame. Our Country is paying a very big price!!!"
'This could get ugly': Mitch McConnell and his allies are cautious while other Republicans escalate rhetoric against FBI
The FBI search warrant executed on Monday at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago country club in Palm Beach, Florida has triggered an explosion of fury among Republican voters and elected leaders. Several, like Reps. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), have called to defund or abolish the FBI, and many Trump supporters have been openly discussing civil war on social media.
But according to POLITICO, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his allies have remained cautious, wanting to wait and see where the FBI investigation goes — and fearful of the consequences of radicalizing the Republican Party against federal law enforcement.
"The starkest silence came from the Senate minority leader," said the report. "McConnell — who's said he'd back Trump in 2024 should the former president win the GOP nomination, but has otherwise kept his distance — declined to take a question on the Mar-a-Lago search Tuesday during a visit to flood-damaged areas in his home state." He did later issue a carefully measured statement on the matter, saying, "The country deserves a thorough and immediate explanation of what led to the events of Monday."
Moreover, even some Republicans who are skeptical of the probe have qualified their criticisms. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) said "the most important thing we can do is let it play out," and Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) suggested it was an "overreach" — unless "there is a true national security threat."
According to the report, some Republicans in Congress fear that the growing rage among Trump supporters over the investigation could lead to violence.
"Some GOP lawmakers said privately that they're hearing panicked constituents suggest taking up arms after the Mar-a-Lago search," said the report. "'This could get ugly,' said one senior House Republican, who addressed the voter blowback on condition of anonymity. This GOP lawmaker said he hasn't seen pro-Trump conservative voters this mad since Jan. 6, 2021, when backers of the former president devolved into a violent riot in a bid to stop Congress from certifying his loss to President Joe Biden."
The investigation relates to Trump's removal of classified information when he and his staff were exiting the White House. According to the Wall Street Journal, FBI agents removed 10 boxes of documents from the premises during their search.
Experts call on Trump to release search warrant and inventory list as his supporters talk of 'civil war'
Legal experts and other experts are urging – or in some cases, daring – Donald Trump to publish a copy of the FBI’s search warrant and the inventory list of the ten cartons of classified documents removed from Mar-a-Lago’s basement Monday, as his supporters openly call for civil war in response to what the former president called a “raid.”
“After the search, the federal agents hauled away roughly 10 more boxes,” The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
That makes the total number of cartons the former president was storing at his Florida home approximately 25, based on reports that 15 cartons had to be retrieved by the National Archives earlier this year.
Almost immediately upon news breaking that the FBI had executed a search warrant, Trump supporters went wild. They formed a convoy outside Mar-a-Lago, and online countless threats of violence and “civil war” have been made.
Tuesday morning CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan posted a graph, noting the “big spike in tweets referencing ‘civil war’ right after the news of the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago broke last night.”
Dr. Caroline Orr Bueno posted an image of a large number of tweets that call for civil war and other related threats of violence, including: “I already bought my ammo,” “Civil war! Pick up arms, people!” “Civil War 2.0 just kicked off,” “Let’s do the war,” and “One step closer to a kinetic civil war.”
And Tuesday afternoon NBC News reported, “After Mar-a-Lago search, users on pro-Trump forums agitate for ‘civil war’ — including a Jan. 6 rioter.”
Legal experts have made clear they believe FBI’s execution of a lawful federal search warrant is most likely in connection with a national security and counterintelligence operation, not a casual stroll into the private estate of a former U.S. president – and certainly not a political move, like Trump supporters are falsely claiming.
Former Dept. of Justice Inspector General Michael Bromwich, who is also a former Asst. U.S. Attorney at the Southern District of New York (SDNY) notes that “Trump has the search warrant, specifying the crimes being investigated, and the inventory of the items seized.”
“He has chosen not to share those items publicly although he is free to do so,” Bromwich adds.
Former U.S. Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal on MSNBC Tuesday morning:
“Donald Trump, you have a copy of the warrant. It explains what they were looking for, what statutes they think were violated, what judge signed off on that…If you believe this is such an abuse, release the warrant and let us decide for ourselves.”
“By the way,” noted Richard Stengel, a former U.S. Under Secretary of State, “Trump now has the search warrant and the inventory of what was taken in his possession. If this raid was so egregious and unjustified, why not release them?”
“Trump can release the search warrant and the inventory of what the FBI took. Why hasn’t he?” asked Marc Elias, the DNC’s top attorney who successfully fought more than 60 cases of alleged election fraud brought by the Trump team and his supporters.
Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti, responding to a Fox News tweet with video of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) that reads, “‘WE DESERVE ANSWERS NOW'” wrote: “Some of those questions could be answered if Trump released the search warrant as well as the inventory of items seized, which his team presumably has.”
Politico’s Kyle Cheney tweeting his article titled, “Why the Trump search warrant is nothing like Hillary’s emails,” wrote: “One person who could clear most of it up? Trump. He has access to the inventory of records at Mar-a-Lago and likely received a copy of the search warrant. He would also know the nature of the classified documents at issue.”