Unnamed government officials deny the raid was politically motivated
One source, who was described as being “a senior Justice Department official who is a 30-year veteran of the FBI” called Monday’s raid “a spectacular backfire.”
The individual denied that the raid was tied to the possibility of Trump running for office again in 2024 and instead attributed it to bureaucratic ineptitude.
“I know that there is much speculation out there that this is political persecution, but it is really the best and the worst of the bureaucracy in action,” the Department of Justice Justice (DOJ) official maintained.
“They wanted to punctuate the fact that this was a routine law enforcement action, stripped of any political overtones, and yet [they] got exactly the opposite.”
A similar assessment was offered by Newsweek’s second source, someone it characterized as being “a senior intelligence official who was briefed on the investigation and the operation.”
“They were seeking to avoid any media circus,” the publican quoted its second source as saying. However, the person added that this effort proved to be counter productive.
“So even though everything made sense bureaucratically and the FBI feared that the documents might be destroyed, they also created the very firestorm they sought to avoid, in ignoring the fallout.”
Steve Bannon says raid “had to be approved” by White House
During a briefing with reporters on Tuesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declared that President Joe Biden had no advanced knowledge of the raid.
What’s more, one of Newsweek’s sources maintained that Attorney General Merrick Garland was left in the dark, saying, “I know it’s hard for people to believe, but this was a matter for the U.S. Attorney and the FBI.”
However, former Trump administration advisor Steve Bannon recently made clear that he doesn’t believe such denials. During a Tuesday night appearance on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Bannon insisted that the raid “had to be approved, going up to the White House to be approved.”
“This had to go up through the chain of command, through Merrick Garland to Ron Klain, at least [FBI Director Christopher] Wray and these guys,” he continued.