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Republican confronted over FBI claim about Donald Trump

Florida Representative Bryon Donalds was pressed on the “conspiracy theory” pushed by Donald Trump and other Republicans that the FBI wanted to assassinate the former president during the search for classified documents in August 2022.

Donalds, among those cited as Trump’s possible 2024 running mate, repeatedly dodged questions from CNN’s Abby Phillip about why he and other Republicans pushed a false claim that President Joe Biden approved Trump’s assassination during the search for your Mar-a. – Lake complex.

Trump falsely claimed in a fundraising email that the wording of the search warrant, which said officers were prepared to use “lethal force” if necessary, meant Biden was “locked and loaded, ready to take me out.” .

The phrase “deadly force” is more of a standard line that is included in federal search warrants when establishing the protocol for such an operation.

During Donalds’ appearance on CNN, the congressman was pressed about why he and other GOP figures attempted to suggest something “that is simply not true” regarding Biden authorizing an assassination attempt on Trump.

“That’s false. Will you recognize it?” Phillip asked Donalds. In response, he said: “I’m not sure what (Attorney General) Merrick Garland is trying to do these days because it’s clear that the Justice Department is being politicized against Donald Trump… that’s not extraordinary, that’s what it’s happening”. right now.”

Phillip said what is “extraordinary” is that when “faced with really clear facts, very clear facts,” Donalds does not admit that his previous comments are not true.

    Byron Donalds, in New York
Rep. Byron Donalds speaks outside the courthouse during the criminal trial of former President Donald Trump in New York on May 14. Donalds was questioned on CNN about why he pushed a false claim about an FBI assassination…


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Phillip went on to say that if the Republican Party “calls itself a party of the law,” why would it imply that the writing of a search warrant “was some kind of attempt on former President Trump’s life?”

After Donalds again attempted to avoid the line of questioning, Phillip added: “When you tell your followers, the former president’s supporters, that there was a government attempt on the former president’s life (and that’s not true, it’s an insinuation) important) It deserves to be returned.”

“I would say that if you look at the actions of (Special Counsel) Jack Smith and Merrick Garland, there is an attempt to imprison Donald Trump for foolishness because they cannot win a political election,” Donalds responded.

“And they’ve collectively lost their minds. And they’ve decided that, whether it’s the documents case, or this silly January 6 case, which has no real merit, or what’s going on here in Manhattan with Alvin Bragg, they’ve chosen use the justice system for political purposes and interfere in elections.

“That’s not a conspiracy theory. That’s a real situation we should be talking about, not what’s written in that FBI document.”

Newsweek contacted Donalds via email for comment.

The wording of the search warrant was revealed in court documents this week in connection with the Trump classified materials case.

“WOW! I just left Biden’s Manhattan witch hunt trial, the ‘Icebox,’ and was shown reports that Joe Biden’s corrupt Justice Department, in its illegal and unconstitutional raid on Mar-a-Lago , AUTHORIZED THE FBI TO USE (LETAL) FORCE,” Trump said in a post on Truth Social.

“WE NOW KNOW, FOR SURE, THAT JOE BIDEN IS A SERIOUS THREAT TO DEMOCRACY. HE IS MENTALLY UNFIT TO HOLD OFFICE – 25TH AMENDMENT!”

Trump was not at his Florida home when the FBI conducted its search for classified documents on August 8, 2022.

In a statement, the FBI said the wording of the warrant was standard and was also included when agents searched Biden’s Delaware home for classified materials.

“The FBI followed standard protocol in this search as we do for all search warrants, which includes a standard policy statement limiting the use of deadly force. No one ordered additional action to be taken and there was no deviation from the standard in this issue”. “said the statement.

“The standard deadly force policy statement included in the operations order for the search of the residence of the former president was also included in the operations order for the search of the residence of the sitting president in Delaware, as is standard practice for all FBI operations orders.