Chris Wallace defends FBI, denounces ‘Gestapo tactic’ criticism: ‘They did it by the book’

Former Fox News host turned CNN contributor Chris Wallace has characteristically come to the FBI’s defense amid the uproar over the unprecedented raid last week on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property.

Speaking on CNN, he acted as if the raid — which he dubiously claimed wasn’t a raid — was completely on the up and up, despite so much evidence of the FBI’s demonstrable bias.

He even took a shot at Republicans over their complaints about the Democrats’ longtime war on cops, as if Republicans issuing justified criticism of the FBI is somehow equivalent to Democrats bailing out violent anti-cop rioters.

“We’re talking about a party that has hit Democrats for not supporting, backing the blue, for not supporting law enforcement. Here we have people doing their job. And, you know, let’s make it clear again, this was not a raid. This was a very carefully-vetted search. They went to a judge. They got a search warrant. They went in,” Wallace said.

“They apparently had notified the Secret Service at least an hour ahead of time. They specifically, reportedly, were concerned to do it when the former president was not on the premises, and went in and did it. They basically did it by the book.”

Did they really, though?

“You can argue as to whether they should have done it at all, but they did it by the book. And the idea that this is being seen as some huge, and the word has literally been used, Gestapo tactic by the FBI is just so out of touch with the reality of what happened,” Wallace then added.

Is it really, though?

Conservatives say that it’s absolutely justified to criticize the FBI given the kid gloves the agency used when investigating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for committing what appear to be the exact same crimes vis-a-vis classified information.

Ever David French, a “Never Trump” conservative who often sounds like a Democrat these days, has decried the disparate treatment between the two.

“[T]he DOJ should go forward with the same rule it applied to Hillary Clinton, including the same level of deference. Any other result wouldn’t simply be unjust—insofar as it would refuse to treat similarly-situated people similarly—it would be profoundly destabilizing. There cannot be one set of standards for Democrats and another for Republicans,” he wrote on Sunday for The Dispatch.

“Trump lacks any real excuse for his behavior for retaining classified information, but Clinton had no excuse either. Remember, she used a private server to discuss matters that were classified at the highest levels, and she was seasoned enough to know exactly what she was doing.”

Recall that Clinton’s home was never raided.

To be fair, French continued, it’s possible that the alleged crimes undergirding the raid on Trump’s home may be worse than those committed by Clinton.

“If Trump went beyond Clinton in his effort to conceal and cover up his misdeeds, including defying a subpoena and falsely asserting he’d turned over all the classified information in his possession, then he may face criminal consequences for obstruction even if his initial misconduct wasn’t materially different from Clinton’s,” according to French.

The problem is that there’s been barely any transparency from the Biden Justice Department, which thus far has refused to unseal the affidavit that was used to obtain a search warrant on Trump’s property.

This is a point that was noted by top Senate Republican Chuck Grassley during an appearance Saturday on Fox News’ “Cavuto Live.”

 

“Full transparency is going to be when they release the affidavit. This is such a high-profile and very strange way of going about getting documents from a former president that the affidavit is going to be absolutely necessary if we’re going to have full transparency,” Grassley said.

“And this demands full transparency, because without transparency, government is not accountable. The public’s business must always be public.”

Grassley also debunked the idea that there’s something malicious and foul about criticizing the FBI.

“There is political bias within the FBI, and I think it’s legitimate to raise the question about possible political bias between the way they handled the Clinton investigation, Carter Page, Steele dossier, and the way President Trump has been treated, particularly when he has said continuously, if you want any more [documents], just come and get it,” he said.

He added added that allegations of the FBI’s bias are also backed whistleblower reports.

“We have evidence coming from whistleblowers within the Department of Justice about political bias, about Hunter Biden’s investigation being stopped, and Trump’s investigation getting a go-ahead from a guy, a special agent, that had political bias. We know it from his social media statements,” the senator said.

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