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Weeks ago, the media and liberals in politics loudly complained that the Justice Department was too reluctant to investigate Donald Trump.
Why Merrick Garland couldn't be more aggressive, they demanded, and put the former president in prison. In doing so, they repeated the tactics of lashing out at Trump when he was president and openly pressuring two attorneys general to go after his political opponents.
Well, that has changed.
Now liberals are thrilled that a team of FBI agents has raided Trump's Marr his Lago home. And in a move undoubtedly endorsed by Garland, it's the media and political conservatives who are furious that the Bureau has taken this unprecedented step against the former president.
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But the FBI had to ask a judge to approve the search warrant Please remember that What is required and why is it justified by the probe. I haven't seen it yet, but that's how's criminal justice system works.
Still, I think this was Garland's big fail, but not for the reasons you might think. More on that later.
When the story broke on Tuesday night,Donald Trump was the only source. The Justice Department has not disclosed how it conducts criminal investigations that should be kept secret, but Justice Department officials know this is the mother of all bombs and must be dealt with.
When Trump's defenders say such attacks were not aimed at the former president, look to the other side. No former president has played at least some part in the riots rooted in the idea that they were "stolen" from. Its own DOJ, led by Bill Burr, led to AG's resignation.
Major newspapers quoted several lines from Trump's Truth Social Statement. For example, ``After working with relevant government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was neither necessary nor appropriate'', ``Such an attack would have taken place in a broken third world country.
However, they chose not to mention his more inflammatory attacks. This is worth considering.
Trump said his Mar-a Wave to the crowd after a raid to - Lago. (Felipe Ramares/Fox News Digital)
It's an attack by Democrats and they're doing it desperately." I want you to run for president in 2024."
A legitimate search warrant, Trump never mentioned it. Second,his now demonized FBI is run by Chris Ray, who happens to be appointed by Trump himself.
"They also broke into my safe. What's the difference between this and Watergate..."
Executed against DNC Headquarters. Hired on Richard Nixon's re-election committee. This was an officially sanctioned raid by a government agency.
There was a strange role reversal between the parties. For decades, Republicans were the party of law and order, supporting the police, prosecutors, sheriffs, and the G-Men, while Democrats, whether fair or unfair, were weak on crime. It was seen as...now top Republicans are tearing federal law enforcement apart, calling for Marjorie Taylor-Greene to "defend FBI funding."
And this is where the hypocritical watch begins: if this is, say, a raid on Barack Obama's house, Democrats blame his FBI out of control, Republicans say justice is finally done. increase. In fact, we saw this during the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server when Democrats attacked Jim Comey and Republicans impeached her for her actions.
But while Trump has provided no evidence that "radical-left Democrats" have taken over justice,Biden, has relentlessly taken a no-interference approach. Hillary. Because we know the Bureau eventually seized multiple boxes and documents from Trump's account and media citing DOJ "sources."
Guards Beach outside Mar-a-Lago, Palm, Florida . (Alon Skuy/Fox News Digital)
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So the focus of the raid is that Trump turns over documents, especially classified documents, to Florida rather than turning them over to the National Archives. It means that it was limited to bringing in.
It has the makings of a criminal offence. However, in the past some people got away with just a slap on the wrist. Sandy Berger, former national security adviser to Obama, pleaded guilty seven years ago to a misdemeanor of smuggling classified documents from government archives. His security clearance was suspended in 1999 after authorities concluded he had improperly handled classified documents.
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IT is my problem with Garland.This is Kodama. Earning Al Capone for tax evasion. I don't think it was worth the political uproar, and the attack, which he must have known about, was inevitable. I can't imagine Garland filing a lawsuit based solely on a few classified documents. It's a side show.
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So what is he Are you doing Perhaps suggesting he's conducting an active investigation, but ultimately refusing to press criminal charges against Trump, a very powerful case involving Garland's former president and the Capitol riots. Trump declares his candidacy against Garland's boss.
Of course, liberals and Democrats in the media accuse Merrick Garland of opposing the president who wanted his six years to be indicted and convicted. I'll get back to that.
Howard Kurtz is the host of MediaBuzz on FOX News Channel on Sundays 11am-12pm ET. Based in Washington, D.C., he joined the network in July 2013 and has made regular appearances onspecial reports with Bret Baier, and other shows.