Former DOJ official fumes over Lindsey Graham’s ‘veiled threats of violence’ if Trump is prosecuted

A former U.S. Department of Justice official is shaming Sen. Lindsey Graham as “incredibly irresponsible” for warning about the possibility of civil unrest if the feds arrest or prosecute former President Donald Trump.

(Video: CNN)

On “Sunday Night in America,” the Fox News show hosted by Trey Gowdy, U.S. Sen. Graham (R-S.C.) predicted — in the context of a  weaponized, two-tiered legal system — that “if there is a prosecution of Donald Trump for mishandling classified information after the Clinton debacle…there’ll be riots in the street…If they tried to prosecute President Trump for mishandling classified information after Hillary Clinton set up a server in her basement, there literally will be riots in the street.”

Although the Biden Justice Department is fundamentally politicized, it is difficult to know precisely what Graham — who is sometimes RINO, sometimes MAGA — was trying to accomplish with his kind of ostentatious rhetoric, unless he was trying to send a message or an overture to the DOJ to pull back for the good of the country.

While fringe elements and instigators are present in practically every political grouping, the vast majority of Trump supporters are law-abiding, grassroots concerned citizens. And any demonstrations that might occur in the eventuality that the senator outlined are hopefully going to be actually mostly or exclusively peaceful.

This is in contrast to the anarchists (described by Gowdy’s colleague Tucker Carlson as Joe Biden voters) who, for example, rioted across America in the summer of 2020 in what the corporate media insisted were mostly peaceful protests.

Most Trump supporters, or those who lean in the Republican direction regardless of party affiliation, presumably want their voices to be heard primarily at the ballot box in a fair election.

Right on cue, however, ratings-challenged CNN gave a platform to the Obama appointee to bash Graham and Trump.

The reliably liberal CNN “New Day” co-anchor Brianna Keilar teed it up for Georgetown University visiting law professor Mary McCord, who held top DOJ positions primarily during the Obama administration, on Monday morning in the video clip embedded above:

“Sen. Lindsey Graham said that there would be rioting. He’s raising the specter that there could be violence if there are criminal charges against Trump…he may be right, but I wonder what you think about him choosing to highlight that in a conservative media space.”

“I think it is incredibly irresponsible for an elected official to basically make sort of veiled threats of violence just if law enforcement and the Department of Justice and a grand jury does their job,” McCord, who is the executive director of Georgetown’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, compliantly responded.

She continued the diatribe: “And, you know, this is part of the same kind of game plan that Trump has had for years. The wink, wink, nod, nod. ‘People are angry; they may be violent.’ And then what he knows and what Lindsey Graham also knows, who is himself in the hot seat in the investigation of Georgia, is that people listen to that, and people actually mobilize and do things. January 6th was the result of this same kind of tactic by President Trump and his allies. And it’s irresponsible, it’s dangerous, it’s a threat to our democracy. And I think he should be ashamed of himself.”

In a form of projection that the left has become known for, anti-free-speech, authoritarian Democrats have been pushing this threat-to-democracy talking point for months now, and President Biden has recently adopted it on the campaign trail.

“I see it as essentially saying a threat to Justice [Department]: ‘Justice…if you do seek an indictment and a grand jury returns an indictment, there’s gonna be violence. So you know what you need to do to avoid that,'” McCord concluded.

According to her Georgetown bio, “McCord was the Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2016 to 2017 and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security from 2014 to 2016. Previously, McCord was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for nearly 20 years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.”

McCord spent most of the CNN interview sounding like an apologist for the unprecedented FBI seizure of boxes of documents in a raid conducted at President Trump’s Florida residence. “So wholly apart from the criminal investigation, the national security implications of what was found at Mar-a-Lago are very significant,” she claimed.

McCord explained that the intelligence agencies — whose involvement is probably not particularly reassuring to the Trump cohort, given the Deep State’s sketchy track record for accuracy or non-partisanship — are conducting a so-called damage assessment of the documents.

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