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Friday, August 19, 2022

FBI raid unites Republicans

How terribly wrong did the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago go? Politico now blames Donald Trump for the FBI seizing and confiscating 15 bins of documents from his home -- including his passports. The seizure of the passports without a court order is a violation of his rights as a citizen.

The whole thing is an abomination. 

The media blames the victim.

Politico posted, "Trump search worsens FBI's surveillance politics headache with GOP."

But Trump did not search for a daggone thing. The FBI did with a warrant from a Democrat magistrate.

An accurate headline would be "Raiding Trump worsens FBI's surveillance politics headache with GOP." The headline would lengthen by an "i."

Nevertheless, the headline writer blamed the victim of yet anther FBI excursion into police state politics. Never forget: Obama used the FBI to spy on Trump. This is at the center of Trump's RICO lawsuit against Hillary and the Democrat Party.

Likely the party used the FBI to hunt for just what goods he has on the bureau and Hillary. I guess they could not wait for discovery.

But I am getting ahead of myself, as I often do.

The Politico story focused on efforts by Democrats to extend the law that the FBI used to spy on Trump on behalf of the Obama administration. 

The story said, "Republicans are warning that the search of Donald Trump’s Florida residence is throwing an early curveball into reauthorization of a program known on the Hill as Section 702. Meant to gather electronic communications of foreign targets, it has caused no shortage of controversy over the years given its ability to also inadvertently sweep up the communications of Americans."

But there is nothing inadvertent about the spying because Democrats can "unmask" the Americans who the FBI spied on. And they did under Obama. Boy howdy. Remember?

On September 18, 2017, CNN reported, "Former national security adviser Susan Rice privately told House investigators that she unmasked the identities of senior Trump officials to understand why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York late last year, multiple sources told CNN.

"The New York meeting preceded a separate effort by the UAE to facilitate a back-channel communication between Russia and the incoming Trump White House.

"The crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, arrived in New York last December in the transition period before Trump was sworn into office for a meeting with several top Trump officials, including Michael Flynn, the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his top strategist Steve Bannon, sources said."

Rice lied.

She had no business "unmasking" a presidential candidate's son-in-law and a top adviser. 

We know who the FBI works for.

The FBI sat on a laptop's worth evidence of corruption, drug abuse and pornography without doing a dang thing about Hunter Biden.

The FBI also ignored the evidence of national security violations by Hillary in 2016 even as it used national security as an excuse to spy on Trump. That Republican leaders Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell saw nothing wrong with this should make them co-defendants in the RICO lawsuit.

Trump however is wise enough not to take legal advice from a non-lawyer.

A change of House leadership and a successful first term by Trump have changed that. The FBI will not get away with raiding Mar-a-Lago.

That reauthorization of Section 702 is in trouble. Democrats don't have the votes in Congress to ram it through by year's end and likely won't have the votes next year. They need Republicans to sell out their country in order for Democrats to continue to use the FBI to spy, raid and otherwise abuse Americans.

Democrats are losing their best useful idiot after Tuesday's primary in Wyoming.

Politico said, "Greenlighting future Section 702 surveillance was never going to be easy in a GOP with long-running fractures over the often-sweeping scope of law enforcement and intelligence monitoring, as illustrated by brawls on the matter in 2018 and 2020. While Congress has until the end of 2023 to act on a program that the FBI and others have argued is critical to national security, House Republicans said in interviews that they’ve already started talking about it as they prepare for a likely majority next year." 

Spying on Trump had consequences.

Politico said, "Four years ago, when Congress last reauthorized Section 702 — a piece of the bigger Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act — it sparked an unusual opposition effort that married members of the House Freedom Caucus with privacy-minded Democrats.

"The law ultimately got reauthorized, but only after last-minute chaos as then-President Trump first appeared to link it to 'spying' on his campaign heading into the 2016 election before backpedaling and tweeting that the program was needed to go after 'bad guys.'"

Scary quote marks around spying don't make the spying on Trump anything less than spying on Trump by the FBI. Unfortunately, it appeared to be a price paid for national security.

The FBI viewed the compromise as getting away with it. 

30 agents -- all connected to Russiagate -- raided Mar-a-Lago.

Trump didn't search a dang thing.

30 bad guys did.

Their actions united Republicans. Instead of sacrificing a little privacy for national security we should sacrifice a little national security for privacy. How did Benjamin Franklin put it? Oh yes, "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."


  1. Correct. This is uniting true Republicans.

    And outing even more of the RINO uniparty Republicans.

    1. The RINO's are having to make a choice - the most interesting being that of one Mr. Mitch McConnell. I'm starting to enjoy this.

    2. Turtle sold his soul to the Uniparty years ago, with access rights to the chinese communists.
      EN2 SS

    3. Yes, McConnell is going to have to make a decision which side he is on, or it's going to get decided for him. At this point, he needs to go.

    4. I've never called myself a republican - for the most part they are repugnant. I'm a conservative and have no desire to compromise with the fetishists.

    5. Anon is correct. McConnell made his choice long ago. He is a RINO for life.

  2. Actually, it is uniting conservatives.

    Republicans need to earn my vote.

    1. This. I'm only slightly less annoyed by Republicans than Dems. When I tell lefties I'm Conservative it confuses them...

    2. I say I am a conservative, which confuses people when I explain because I an not an official supporter of the Conservative Party of Canada, which is just Liberal lite.

    3. I'm neither conservative nor Republican. They both support endless wars and gigantic levels of military spending, as do the liberals.
      They all fell in line on the Ukraine war, a corrupt country on the other side of the world.
      i am anti-war and anti-liberal.

    4. Fake Leader Mitch McConnell used the Dominion CheatWare in his own Kentucky “race”, as did Fake Gov. Brashears. Mitch also had Kemp sell those Senate seats to Democrats. And now he’s trying to tank Herschel Walker and the other MAGA candidates like he did for the Tea Party.

      Like Pence and Ryan, HE WANTS TO LOSE.

      Because when America loses, he wins.

    5. It's too late. Those seats are gone - its MAGA country now.

    6. Deep state: Your definition works for me, too.

    7. Gipper, I seem to recall that McConnell's 2020 opponent wanted a recount, but was told to shut up and color. Alas, I haven't been able to confirm that.

  3. Name names or dox the 30 corrupt FBI agents so they can be brought to Justice
    When the time for Justice arrives.

  4. If global warming doesn't cause it ,Trump does.-lefty mindset.

  5. "inadvertently sweep up the communications of Americans"

    That's the funniest thing I've read all day.
    Inadvertently my ass.

  6. Good column, Don. It's about time Republicans united, but there are still too many who are not really on board. One thing that you can say about the Dems is that they do stick and vote together. Witness Manchin and Sinema on that colossal bill that was just passed.

    1. Manchin and Sinema realized this was their last term regardless. So they took the money.

  7. Apparently, Cocaine Mitch doesn't think the Rs will take the Senate due to "candidate quality", meaning no more Senate Majority Leader if the Rs win.

    1. More than time to get rid of Cocaine Mitch.

    2. McConnell doesn't want the majority job anyway. He has indicated such on many occasions.

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  9. “Instead of sacrificing a little privacy for national security we should sacrifice a little national security for privacy.” Amen. We have given up far too much for too little. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  10. I must take issue with the fact that you referred to the US Magistrate Judge who signed the unconstitutionally vague general search warrant as a "Democrat magistrate." Please refer to him by his proper title: the "Jeffrey Epstein-associated Democrat magistrate judge." You're welcome.

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