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Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul sounds the alarm on what he considers a misuse of the office of attorney general.
He believes that the raid on Donald Trump’s Florida residence by the FBI was an attack on a political opponent.
Attorney General Merrick Garland “personally approved” the raid that was allegedly tied to boxes of classified information that were moved from the White House to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
The senator stated, “Without question, I think the order to allow the raid on Mar-a-Lago on Trump’s house has to be revealed. It’s going to have to wait until November till there’s a full investigation.”
Paul is counting on the Republicans to take control of Congress in November. When his party has the majority, they can look into this matter and start an investigation.
He goes on to say, “And I’ve never been a fan of overusing impeachment, but I think there has to be an investigation. And if it warrants it, there’s going to have to be a look at whether or not the attorney general has misused his office for political purposes. Have they gone after a political opponent? I mean, this is beyond the pale.”
The FBI is supposed to be apolitical. Their job is to investigate a crime in search of a suspect, not raid a suspect’s home in search of a crime.
“No one would have ever imagined before that we would be using or one political party would be using the FBI to attack their political opponents,” Paul said. “This is really something that’s going to require an investigation. And I wouldn’t be surprised if the investigation leads to abuse of power that this could even lead to an impeachment of the attorney general.”
Rand Paul is not the only person viewing Garland’s actions in a negative way. According to a Harvard-CAPS Harris Poll, more than half of voters view the FBI raid as a politically motivated use of police force.
Another question posed to respondents was whether or not they believed the Justice Department was “really seeking just classified documents and presidential records, or was it using the warrant to carry out a fishing expedition.?”
48% held the belief that it was on the up and up, while 52% said they believed it was a fishing expedition to find other material to use against Trump.
Trump asserts that several of his attorneys “had been cooperating fully with federal authorities on the return of the documents to the National Archives and Records Administration.”
This is another issue for Garland. The American people are wondering…if that’s true, why did the FBI need to show up unannounced in a raid to retrieve these documents?
Why 18 months after Trump left the White House? Is this a distraction?
Is the attorney general trying to keep the voters’ attention on anything other than the high inflation rate, the price of gas and groceries, and their shrinking retirement funds? One has to wonder.