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On CNN Monday, veteran Watergate reported Carl Bernstein tore into the GOP for sticking by former President Donald Trump even as he appears in serious legal jeopardy for hoarding highest-level classified information at his Mar-a-Lago country club in Palm Beach, Florida — even as, Bernstein noted, many of them are privately sick of his control of the party.
"Did you ever think you would see a former president of the United States show such little regard for ... key American institutions?" asked anchor Wolf Blitzer.
"No," said Bernstein. "Almost everything that Donald Trump did as president, and as an ex-president, is unlike anything we've seen. We have Donald Trump and a far-right Republican Party which is enthralled to his authoritarianism and excesses, and why Donald Trump in part has managed to produce in terms of the legislative goals, the judicial goals of the far right, of Mitch McConnell and the judiciary, of authoritarianism and to the point of really moving toward the acceptance of hatred in this country. The hatred of some religious groups, the hatred of some ethnicities. Not to say that it is the policy of the Republican Party, but rather that the individuals in the leadership of the Republican Party have not made it their business to say this is not our agenda. Donald Trump's authoritarianism, that is not our agenda. We haven't had that."
"Many national reporters understand from their sources who are assistants and staff of most of the leaders of the Republican Party on the Hill in the Senate, a great number of House members, they are being told how their bosses are in private despise Donald Trump, hold him in utter contempt, think he is a criminal, think he is dangerous," Bernstein continued. That is what many members of the Senate say, their aides say to me and others. Same in the House. And yet we allow the stories to go on that as if there is great belief in this president among these same Republican leaders and members of the Congress."
"I did a story back oh, a year or two ago, two years ago, saying that 21 members of the Senate, according to their aides, despised Donald Trump, hold him in contempt and I named them. And there was maybe one or two denials from those senators," Bernstein said. "I got a call the next day from a Republican senator. He said, Carl, the number is really closer to 40."
"This is the way Donald Trump — these Republicans in the leadership know who he is," added Bernstein. "They understand the danger to the country posed by him. And yet they are so craven, so afraid of being unelected, so afraid of being primaried, that they will not do what the Republicans during the Richard Nixon conspiracy did, get up and say, we cannot have criminality in our president, former president, and he must be held accountable. And indeed we are now seeing a president, a former president who probably may face indictment in three different cases. We don't know that he will. But it certainly is possible."
Carl Bernstein on the GOP's private hatred of Trump www.youtube.com
One week ago the Department of Justice and FBI executed a search warrant at former President Donald Trump's Palm Beach golf club, Mar-a-Lago. Attorney General Merrick Garland gave a statement the day after and made it clear that the search warrant issued was signed off by him personally.
According to the Wall Street Journal, however, Garland deliberated over the decision for weeks, citing people familiar with his caution.
“He’s both extremely careful and he understands the critical role of an attorney general in these circumstances,” the Journal quoted former Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, who was Garland's boss in the 1990s. “He appreciates the context in which this is occurring. I don’t think he considers politics at all, but I do think he recognizes the seriousness of actions against a former president.”
"The decision had been the subject of weeks of meetings between senior Justice Department and FBI officials," the Journal said, citing their sources. "The warrant allowed agents last Monday to seize classified information and other presidential material from Mar-a-Lago."
Garland's speech also addressed the attacks that Trump supporters have made on law enforcement and state FBI offices around the country. They've also hunted down any possible agent affiliated with the Trump search, their families as well as the judge who signed off on the warrant. Those attacks aren't likely to stop anytime soon, despite Trump's request for law enforcement to tell him "what can I do to reduce the heat?"
The next steps for Garland will depend on the evidence uncovered and whether a case can be made against the former president for breaking the law.
The DOJ submitted a court filing on Monday responding to calls for them to release the affidavit describing the methodology behind the search warrant. According to the department attorneys, doing so would require so much redaction that it would make the document unreadable. Publication without the redactions would reveal key pieces of information including informants that can't be public.
Republicans and Democrats have sought information from the DOJ as well as other agencies asking for the details in the search warrant request as well as how Trump's possession of the documents could have impacted national security.
On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), one of the two Republicans on the House January 6 Committee, tore into former President Donald Trump, and his own party, for fomenting paranoia about the FBI in the wake of the search warrant executed at Mar-a-Lago — a chorus that has been accompanied by violent attacks and threats on FBI agents.
"Do you hold the former President Donald Trump responsible for inciting his supporters?" asked anchor Wolf Blitzer.
"Yeah, absolutely. 100 percent, Wolf," said Kinzinger. "I posted a thread somebody put up of a number of folks on TikTok that were putting out, you know, not just anti-government, but really threats to violence, pictures of their guns saying it is time, we're coming. I mean, this is ridiculous. I mean, it is ridiculous obviously for what the former president has done in terms of saying this is an attack on my home, I did nothing wrong, and of course the little bit that we do know it seems like there is certainly at least good reason for the FBI to have done what they did. But then members of Congress, senators, you know, any Republican elected official out there that rushes to be the first on television or the first to Twitter to basically condemn the FBI."
"I mean, look, I'll tell you, as a guy that grew up in the right and grew up as a Republican, there has always been a strain of people that believe that the government is, you know, out there to get them. That the FBI represents that part of the government that is out there to get people," Kinzinger added. "This stokes that. It's really dangerous, and I fear it could get worse unless people are way more responsible."
"The New York Times is reporting, Congressman, that former President Trump tried to pass a message along to the Attorney General Merrick Garland, saying, and I'm quoting now, 'The country is on fire, what can I do to reduce the heat?' Did you strike you as odd that the man that set the fire apparently tried to ask the attorney general to put it out?"
"It is a creepy message, to be honest with you," said Kinzinger. "Only Donald Trump in his own head knows what that means. But it does strike me as something like, you know, what you hear from the mafia. If you want your store to be secure, give us money. We'll make sure you're secure, when there was never a threat in the first place. I think, look, to every Republican out there that's knee-jerk reaction is to defend this guy, I know people are frustrated that Merrick Garland did not move faster on some of the January 6 stuff and I don't think he is a man to overreact and do it too quickly. It takes a lot information for him to do that and for him to approve a raid on Mar-a-Lago, to go after what appears to be classified information, there had to be good reason, and I encourage anybody in a position of authority to take some time to figure out what this is about you jump on the Donald Trump bandwagon on this."
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Adam Kinzinger slams GOP for stoking FBI paranoia www.youtube.com