The FBI’s daring raid on the residence of former President Donald J. Trump may have been the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back when it comes to trust in the nation’s foremost law enforcement agency, and that appears to be the case with Rep. Ronny Jackson who suggested that agents may have planted evidence at Mar-a-Lago.
(Video: Fox News)
The Texas Republican joined the crew on Tuesday’s edition of “Fox & Friends First” where they discussed the Justice Department’s announcement that they have completed their review of the documents that were confiscated from Trump’s home and that a special privilege review team has identified a “limited set of materials” that could potentially contain attorney-client privileged information.
“Since our laws were invented, since the start of common law, it has been uncontroverted and known that the client is the one that gets first crack at determining whether a document is protected by the attorney-client privilege, definitely not the prosecutor,” said host Todd Piro. “It is not the situation that we are facing in the Trump Mar-a-Lago raid, isn’t this all the proof we need that this search was way, way too overbroad?”
“Well absolutely Todd, here just another example of the rules don’t apply to this particular case because it’s Donald Trump,” he said. “They’ve been coming after Donald Trump since before he was sworn in as president and they will not stop, and this was just a fishing expedition to go into his personal space and spend nine hours digging through his personal space, looking for anything they could find to come at him,”
“And I mean, it’s just unbelievable that this happened,” Jackson continued. “It should infuriate every single American and it should make us all scared because this was done for two reasons. This was done to try to trash the former president and his reputation to make him look like someone who’s not going to be able to compete for office in the upcoming presidential election, and it was done to intimidate and scare the American people and let them know if you don’t think we can do this to you, look what we just did to your former president.”
“So this is horrible abuse of the power,” he said.
“Yeah, they took his passport, so I don’t know what else to say about that, that’s pretty self-explanatory,” said host Ashley Strohmier. “Congressman, when they talk about this privilege review team, they insinuated since their review team already looked through it, were they insinuating in any way, shape, or form, that there is no need for the special master to be appointed that the Trump team was looking for? Or am I reading too far into that?”
“Well, that’s what they’re trying to do,” Jackson replied. “They’re trying to get ahead of this and say hey, there’s no need for this special master, we’ve already gone through the process and you can trust us,” regarding the regime’s apparent effort to reject the appointment of an independent special master which a federal judge in Florida is currently considering.
“No one trusts the FBI or the DOJ anymore, I don’t trust them any further than I can throw that entire building,” he added. “So this is just their attempt to try to stave off the special master.”
“Who knows what they got out of there, I don’t trust these people at all,” he said. “They came in and spent nine hours in there walked in with backpacks, they kicked out the president’s lawyers and Secret Service agents. Who knows, in my opinion, I’m just gonna say if though told me they found something I wouldn’t know if they actually found it there or if they just said they found it there,” suggesting that incriminating evidence against Trump could have been planted.
“I don’t trust this organization anymore. The American people don’t trust this organization anymore,” the congressman concluded.
Proving Rep. Jackson’s point is the DOJ’s just-filed response to torpedo Trump’s request for the appointment of the special master.
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“Appointment of a special master is disfavored in a case such as this. In any event, the government’s filter team has already completed its work of segregating any seized materials that are potentially subject to attorney-client privilege, and the government’s investigative team has already reviewed all of the remaining materials, including any that are potentially subject to claims of executive privilege,” the DOJ wrote in its filing.
“Appointment of a special master to review materials potentially subject to claims of executive privilege would be particularly inappropriate because binding Supreme Court precedent forecloses Plaintiff’s argument that review of these materials by personnel within the Executive Branch raises any such privilege concerns,” the filing reads. “Furthermore, appointment of a special master would impede the government’s ongoing criminal investigation and—if the special master were tasked with reviewing classified documents—would impede the Intelligence Community from conducting its ongoing review of the national security risk that improper storage of these highly sensitive materials may have caused and from identifying measures to rectify or mitigate any damage that improper storage caused.”
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