After his legal team met with Justice Department representatives on Monday as part of a federal investigation into his handling of sensitive data, the former president Donald Trump made a public statement.
“How can DOJ possibly charge me, who did nothing wrong, when no other presidents were charged,” Trump noted on his Truth Social platform in all caps.
He responded only a short time after his legal team was spotted exiting a meeting at the DOJ, a sign that the investigation is about to come to a close.
Trump went on to note that Hillary Clinton, a 2016 Democratic candidate for president, was under investigation by the FBI for having classified material on her own email server but “wasn’t even close to being charged! “Only Trump — the greatest witch hunt of all time!”
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Trump posted the early afternoon remarks shortly after three of his lawyers — James Trusty, John Rowley and Lindsey Halligan — were seen leaving the Justice Department. The trio met with special counsel Jack Smith, who is overseeing the probe, and other officials, a person familiar with the matter said. Neither Attorney General Merrick Garland nor Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco were present, NBC News confirmed.
An unusual FBI search on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida in August marked the investigation’s conclusion and was sharply criticized at the time.
Dan Bongino lashed out at the Biden administration and the Justice Department, which he claimed had recently become excessively politicized, during an interview on the “Primetime” program of his former network colleague Jesse Watters. He called the raid “third-world bullshit.”
Fox News reported that the raid “was in connection with materials that Trump took with him from his time as president.” The publication cited additional sources who claimed that 15 boxes of classified materials were recovered from Trump’s estate and that the “National Archives and Records Administration referred the case to the Justice Department.”
Bongino was outraged.
“This is some third-world bullshit right here,” Bongino said. “Let me say it again, third-world bullshit. I mean every word of that. I don’t care that it’s cable news.
“I was a federal agent, I raised my right hand. And I swore to protect and defend the constitution of the United States. And I love this country. This is a freaking disgrace. A disgrace. We don’t live in Cuba. We don’t live under Kim Jong Un” of North Korea, he continued.
“We live in a constitutional republic. A representative democracy. You have a bunch of FBI agents raiding the home of a former president because they don’t like his politics? Are you kidding me?” he added.
“This is some third-world garbage that happened tonight,” he continued.
After special counsel John Durham’s report implicated Clinton’s campaign as being responsible for the fake “Russian collusion” charges against her rival, Donald Trump, some Republicans proposed last month that the Republican-led House launch new investigations against the former secretary of state.
“The media was in on this from the beginning, in my view. They’re the ones who were willing to launder out Hillary Clinton’s phony, made-up information about Donald Trump,” Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) told Fox News, adding it was “the same information that she used with her friends at the upper echelon of the FBI to start the ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ investigation.”
At least four investigations into the Clinton Foundation and Hillary herself had been started by the Justice Department and various FBI divisions prior to the 2016 presidential election. Hillary was charged with violating laws governing the handling of classified information after it was discovered that she had her own personal email server set up in her New York residence while serving as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama.
She was also being looked at for allegedly erasing sensitive documents and emails that were the subject of congressional subpoenas.
Prior to the 2016 election, when it was anticipated that Clinton would defeat Trump, all four were dropped.