The FBI and DOJ will have “egg on their face” when the truth of the unprecedented Mar-A-Lago raid comes out, Judge Jeanine Pirro said.
The Fox New host predicted on The Five Tuesday that the judge in the case will be under too much pressure to keep the affidavit behind the raid a secret.
“Egg on their face”
Pirro said that the search warrant was “messed up from the get-go,” since Garland waited weeks to sign off on it despite claims the raid was an urgent national security matter.
She also noted that former President Trump has urged the judge to release the affidavit justifying the raid, over the objections of the DOJ. Trump’s transparency may lead the judge to decide that the raid was a “fishing expedition,” Pirro said.
“The judge has to say, wait a minute, we’ve got the defendant himself, the wannabe defendant, saying, let it all out. The judge then has to decide, was it a wholesale fishing expedition?”
At a hearing Thursday, the judge will have to weigh the public interest in transparency against the DOJ’s demands for secrecy, Pirro said, predicting that the judge will choose the former.
“In the end, this judge, I think, is going to make a decision that it’s got to be released, that they will only redact certain parts of it, and I think there is egg on the face of Merrick Garland, the Department of Justice and the FBI.”
Garland said last week that he personally approved the raid, but the DOJ has yet to provide a clear explanation for the precedent-shattering raid.
In the meantime, Trump has been the target of innuendo relating to “nuclear weapons” and other highly classified material, leading skeptics to see echoes of the Russian collusion hoax.
Pirro balked at the notion that the FBI can be trusted to investigate Trump without political bias.
“We got a warrant, a legitimate warrant from the FISA court, after we lied, after Christopher Steele’s dossier that Hillary Clinton paid for. But no worries, Justice is still good with the FBI. If you believe that, then you got a problem,” she said.
President Trump blasted the feds for seizing his passports Monday, calling the raid a “Third World” effort at intimidation.