After Trump Raid, Mick Mulvaney tells CNN: FBI and DOJ ‘lost the benefit of the doubt’ with Republicans
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Former Trump White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told CNN on Thursday that the FBI and DOJ had “lost the benefit of the doubt” with Republicans in the United States.
“There’s a lack of trust on the right right now with the FBI. And I think the way they did it, the fact that they did it, and especially if the FBI didn’t do that that to search for documents is really going to create even deeper divisions in the country,” Mulvaney said.
Mulvaney added that the Republicans may have a problem with the FBI because they “misled the FISA court about the 2016 election in order to spy on Donald Trump’s campaign.” He also said they misled the public regarding Hunter Biden’s laptop. He said the raid had to do with a legitimate investigation or, he continued, a “political stunt”.
“My point is this, I think if you’re a conservative Republican who follows politics, the FBI and the DOJ in particular have lost the benefit of the doubt. Because of the way they’ve behaved in the past, it’s is on – the onus is on them to actually show why this is valid and why this is not just a simple search for confidential records,” he said.
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Mulvaney also said that if the raid only involved the documents, it was overbroad.
“If it’s valid and it’s real, and it’s related to criminal activity related to January 6, that’s fine. You know that I criticized the conduct of the president on January 6th. But if it’s just documents, it’s almost absurd. It’s the same thing the FBI was investigating Hillary Clinton for and I don’t remember them invading her house. So if you’re a Republican, the reason you’re asking to act the way you’ve been doing, the last 48 hours, is that you really feel like you’re not being treated fairly by your own government and that’s It’s a very dangerous place to be,” he argued.
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Trump released a statement on the raid on Monday, saying his home was “besieged” by a “large group” of FBI agents.
“Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before. After working and cooperating with the appropriate government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was neither necessary nor appropriate,” Trump said.
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“This is prosecutorial misconduct, the militarization of the justice system, and an attack by hard-left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for president in 2024, especially based on recent polls, and will also do anything to stop Republicans and Conservatives in the upcoming midterm elections,” Trump continued.