Former Acting AG Whitaker says FBI was “heavy-handed” in their decision to carry out the Trump Mar-a-Lago raid: “We have crossed a line,” Whitaker said, according to Fox News.
Whitaker said the rad calls into focus the lingering questions over the search remain unanswered. Whitaker joined Fox & Friends on Tuesday to discuss why he believes the raid was a “dramatic escalation.”
“While we don’t know exactly what the FBI was looking for, all indications and stories coming out of this is it’s just presidential records that were covered under the Presidential Records Act or a mishandling of confidential information…” Whitaker said.
“It just seems to me, as I know how these cases work, that this was a very grave situation and very heavy-handed tactics that could have otherwise been handled less publicly and more discreetly to get these documents that allegedly work.”
“And you’re right that an affidavit would have been sworn out, would have alleged that crimes have been committed and that there was evidence at Mar-a-Lago that would support… proving those crimes…”
“I think… we have crossed a line that I’m not sure the republic is going to appreciate long term and the American people are going to need answers to a lot of these questions.”
Trump released a statement about the raid on his home in Florida, calling out the FBI’s movements.
“These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents. Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before,” the former president said.
“After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate.”
“It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024, especially based on recent polls, and who will likewise do anything to stop Republicans and Conservatives in the upcoming Midterm Elections.”
“Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries. Sadly, America has now become one of those Countries, corrupt at a level not seen before.”
“They even broke into my safe! What is the difference between this and Watergate, where operatives broke into the Democrat National Committee? Here, in reverse, Democrats broke into the home of the 45th President of the United States.”