Radical, rebellious AG Merrick Garland is being exposed in the media for overruling a recommendation by two FBI agents, who wanted to close a partisan investigation into documents held by President Donald J. Trump at his Florida family home called Mar-a-Lago.
On August 8, 2023, the FBI raided the home of the former President of the United States looking for classified documents they were led to believe threatened national security.
Here are some details:
- FBI agents found four dozen empty document folders marked “CLASSIFIED” during their raid of former President Donald Trump’s residence at his Mar-a-Lago club, a court filing shows.
- Another 42 empty folders marked “Return to Staff Secretary/Miliary [sic] Aide,” were also found by the FBI during the Aug. 8 raid, the filing by the Department of Justice says.
Not only did Garland ignore the FBI recommendation, Garland even escalated the entire thing by calling for an actual raid on the Trump family residence in what will become one of the darkest days in US history, as the top law enforcement agency was used to attack a political operative.
The Washington Post reported on the details of Garland’s ultimate power grab, on Wednesday:
“Months of disputes between Justice Department prosecutors and FBI agents over how best to try to recover classified documents from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club and residence led to a tense showdown near the end of July last year, according to four people familiar with the discussions.
Prosecutors argued that new evidence suggested Trump was knowingly concealing secret documents at his Palm Beach, Fla., home and urged the FBI to conduct a surprise raid at the property. But two senior FBI officials who would be in charge of leading the search resisted the plan as too combative and proposed instead to seek Trump’s permission to search his property, according to the four people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe a sensitive investigation.
Prosecutors ultimately prevailed in that dispute, one of several previously unreported clashes in a tense tug of war between two arms of the Justice Department over how aggressively to pursue a criminal investigation of a former president. As a result, the FBI conducted an unprecedented raid on Aug. 8, recovering more than 100 classified items, among them a document describing a foreign government’s military defenses, including its nuclear capabilities.”
Joe Hoft reported on the situation:
That was the day that America changed. When the DOJ sent FBI agents to raid the President’s iconic Mar-a-Lago, America changed. Laws no longer mattered. Marxists were in charge.
The far-left WaPo agreed with our prior reporting that the raid was unprecedented, but what the Post does not explain is that the attack was unnecessary and unlawful.
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The raid was unnecessary because the FBI had already visited Mar-a-Lago once, and the Trump team was more than responsive and helpful. When the FBI visited before, the Trump team complied with their request to add a padlock to one of the cabinets where the documents were stored. Therefore, there was no need for the raid.
But the raid was unlawful as well. Attorney Mike Davis pointed out then, and it’s still true today, that the President of the United States has the protection of the Presidential Records Act that allows him to take with him any documents he wants. These documents can be classified. No entity can take this power away, but Merrick Garland did in an illegal raid on iconic Mar-a-Lago.
Now we know that it was Garland who pushed for the illegal raid.
When Missouri Senator Josh Hawley questioned, Garland was flustered and called the report a lie.
Social media posters caught the footage in a clip:
Garland is so caught. What a lying POS.
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) March 2, 2023
According to a press statement from Hawley’s office:
Today in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) slammed Attorney General Merrick Garland for his lack of accountability regarding the Justice Department’s targeting and subsequent arrests of people of faith, particularly Catholics.
Senator Hawley pressed Garland on the arrest of pro-life activist Mark Houck, including the aggressive measures taken to arrest Houck despite his previous offers to cooperate.
“You are the Attorney General of the United States,” said Senator Hawley. “You are in charge of the Justice Department, and yes sir, you are responsible.”
“You used an unbelievable show of force with guns, that I just note, liberals usually decry,” he continued. “We’re supposed to hate long guns and assault-style weapons. You’re happy to deploy them against Catholics and innocent children.”
In a second round of questioning, Senator Hawley highlighted a Washington Post article detailing a dispute between federal prosecutors and senior FBI agents over the handling of the Mar-a-Lago raid. Federal prosecutors reportedly pressured senior FBI agents into taking an aggressive approach, culminating in the Garland-approved raid on former President Trump’s home.
“The FBI is saying that you overruled them, when it came to raiding ex-President Trump’s personal residence […] So, I guess in light of your earlier testimony just this morning, my question is: how often do you overrule FBI field agents for political purposes?” asked Senator Hawley.
Here is Hawley’s questioning of Garland in front of the Senate yesterday: