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FBI Raid on Trump Home Stirs US Political Pot Ahead of October Primaries

Neil lives in Canada and writes about society and politics.
Published: August 10, 2022
The FBI's raid of Donald Trump's Florida residence stirs the political pot months ahead of the October Primary Elections.
A member of the Secret Service is seen in front of the home of former President Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on Aug. 9, 2022. The FBI executed a search warrant looking for classified documents Trump is alleged to have taken during his time in office. (Image: GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images)

An FBI home raid conducted against former U.S. President Donald Trump has stirred both sides of the political aisle as the October Primary Elections loom large.

News of the raid broke when Trump issued a statement on his website on Aug. 8, “My beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.”

The circumstances surrounding the event, however, have remained somewhat unclear. Same day reporting by federally funded messaging outlet NPR paraphrased one of Trump’s attorneys, Christina Bobb, as stating that the operation, “Concerned presidential records that Trump removed from the White House when he left office in January 2021.”

Bobb’s comments were given during a podcast with Trump ally Dinesh D’Souza the same day, where she noted that the FBI’s search warrant contained instructions to seize “Presidential records or any possibly classified material.”

Trump’s statement also alluded to such a scenario: “After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate.”

Reporting on the event by the New York Post stated that The National Archives and Records Administration claimed to have discovered 15 boxes of classified material earlier in the year and had reported the finding to the Bureau.

The Miami Herald, based on an unidentified source “close to the investigation,” added that the FBI generated cause to raid Trump’s home because “Trump and his lawyers had already turned over some classified documents that had been sought by” the agency.

The raid appears to come on the heels of an acceleration by the Department of Justice in late July of its investigation into Trump’s dispute over the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election, which has been conflated by the Biden administration and establishment media to the level of sedition.

In response to the news, the White House claimed to have no knowledge of the developments.

Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that Biden “was not briefed, was not aware of it. No one from the White House was given a head’s up,” according to Breitbart.

When Jean-Pierre was pressed for more details from the gallery on issues such as whether Attorney General Merrick Garland had signed off on the raid, she simply refused to comment further.

‘Weaponization of the Justice System’

Criticizing the raid of his residence, Trump characterized the action as “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.”

The raid has, naturally, stirred American political circles. Former Vice President Mike Pence took to Twitter to openly state his objections.

“I share the deep concern of millions of Americans over the unprecedented search of the personal residence of President Trump,” he wrote. 

“No former President of the United States has ever been subject to a raid of their personal residence in American history.”

Notably, Pence was not finished with a lone comment.

In a follow-up, he added, “After years where FBI agents were found to be acting on political motivation during our administration, the appearance of continued partisanship by the Justice Department must be addressed.”

And although segments of the GOP have sought distance from Trump since the 2020 election, most of its key players made their voices heard in response to the raid.

In a statement from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Twitter, the narrative was fierce, “When Republicans take back the House, we will conduct immediate oversight of this department, follow the facts, and leave no stone unturned.”

By comparison, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refused to give his stance on the matter when pressed while attending a public relations event surrounding flooding.

On the left, messaging outlets that broadcast the Democrat’s official narrative were all too happy to frame the raid as a victory for democracy.

One article by The Atlantic entitled The Mar-a-Lago Raid Proves the U.S. Isn’t a Banana Republic claimed, “A bedrock principle is that no one—not even the president, much less the former president—is above the law, and if they commit crimes, they must answer for them.”

The statement is bold, considering the perilous and long standing conflicts of interest between Hunter and Joe Biden and individuals associated with Communist China and Ukraine.

Author David Graham utilized thick rhetorical diatribe to preach to his choir, describing Trump as “more banana republican than Reagan or Lincoln Republican.” 

“Unlike his presidential predecessors, and despite his open disdain for Latin America and Latin Americans, he often styled himself as a sort of caudillo, trying to rule with an iron fist, circumvent the Constitution and legislature, enlist the military into his schemes, and use the power of the state to further his own electoral and personal fortunes,” Graham claimed.