(LifeSiteNews) — A former New York City police commissioner issued a startling warning last week after the FBI’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on August 8.
In an interview with Newsmax TV, Bernard Kerik, who served as commissioner from 2000 to 2001, expressed grave concern that the leftist establishment may soon attempt to assassinate Trump.
“If you remember back in 2016, right before he got elected, I was in Washington, DC. I was at a couple of different social events, and I hear people talking, they said the Democrats want this guy so bad that they wouldn’t put assassination behind it,” he shared with host Eric Bolling.
“And I’m going to tell you something. They’ve tried impeachment, they’ve tried another impeachment, they’ve tried one investigation after another,” Kerik continued.
“This is about one thing: This is about stopping him from running in 2024. And I’m going to tell you something, I’m not into conspiracies, I’m not into anti-government rhetoric. This is the first time in my lifetime that I would say I am deathly afraid for Donald Trump. I would not put assassination behind these people,” the former commissioner added.
Kerik, who is also a New York Times best-selling author, issued the same warning in a tweet the day before.
“And just like in other Third World countries, if today’s raid by Biden’s FBI does not stop Donald Trump from running for president in 2024, their next move will be Assassination,” he wrote.
And just like in other Third World countries, if today’s raid by Biden’s FBI does not stop Donald Trump from running for president in 2024, their next move will be Assassination. https://t.co/lfdmpsgPNR
— Bernard B. Kerik (@BernardKerik) August 9, 2022
The former police chief was responding to a statement by Richard Grenell, who served as acting director of national intelligence in the Trump administration.
“Third World dictators prosecute their political enemies,” Grenell tweeted. “JoeBiden has weaponized the US government for his political purposes.
“It’s outrageous. And creating a terrible precedent.”
Third World dictators prosecute their political enemies. @JoeBiden has weaponized the US government for his political purposes.
It’s outrageous. And creating a terrible precedent. https://t.co/N5rvghNFNS
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) August 8, 2022
In a tweet just minutes earlier, Kerik pledged, “I stand with President Donald J. Trump. Not because he was the President of the United States, but because this is tyranny. There is no greater threat to our Republic than a government that breaks its own laws, to deprive its citizens of liberty and freedom. #BananaRepublic.”
I stand with President Donald J. Trump.
Not because he was the President of the United States, but because this is tyranny.
There is no greater threat to our Republic than a government that breaks its own laws, to deprive its citizens of liberty and freedom. #BananaRepublic
— Bernard B. Kerik (@BernardKerik) August 8, 2022
Former President Trump’s home located in Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida was subjected to an unprecedented FBI raid last Monday.
“These are dark times for our Nation,” the 45th president announced at the time, reporting that his home was “under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.”
“Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before,” he wrote.
On Thursday, Biden administration attorney general Merrick Garland said he personally gave the go-ahead for the FBI raid that stunned the nation. “The search warrant was authorized by a federal court upon the required finding of probable cause,” he said at the time, stopping short of explaining how probable cause was determined.
Signing off on the warrant was magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who previously worked as a federal prosecutor and later as a defense attorney representing individuals connected with convicted high-profile sex offender and trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has officially crossed a line by weaponizing the FBI to target America’s most influential conservative leader — former president Donald Trump, a private citizen — without due process and with obvious political bias.
SIGN this petition to FBI Director Christopher Wray - condemn this blatant political policing againt former President Trump.
This single act has sent an unmistakable signal that anyone who holds a dissenting political belief from the leftist regime can have his or her life ruined by the Deep State — forcing them to defend themselves from a faceless FBI attack-arm of the federal government.
The FBI just proved that Donald Trump was right. He’s always been right.— Benny Johnson 🍊 (@bennyjohnson) August 9, 2022
No one will ever forget this.
We cannot stand for the complete corruption and weaponization of America's law enforcement, and especially not the FBI. We must stand united, bold, and patriotic — in the name of liberty, the rule of law, and American Greatness.
SEND A BOLD MESSAGE TODAY: WE ABSOLUTELY CONDEMN THE DESPICABLE FBI RAID ON A PRIVATE AMERICAN CITIZEN — AND WE WILL NOT STOP FIGHTING FOR AMERICA FIRST!
This kind of weaponization of federal agencies against private citizens who hold a dissenting worldview is seen only in third-world countries.
This is exactly why Americans must use their voices and shout even more loudly that this country is worth saving from the ideologues on the radical left who care only about power and control.
We won’t know how fully insane the FBI raid on Trump is until we see the warrant and warrant application. But after Russiagate – years of investigation predicated largely on Clinton campaign misinformation -- if the basis for this isn’t bedrock-solid, there should be hell to pay.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 9, 2022
Destroying 30K classified emails with a hammer and bleach doesn’t get your home searched. Remember that.— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) August 9, 2022
American patriots will continue standing in the way of the left's attempt at hostile takeover, and will always defend America from her enemies — both foreign and domestic.
SIGN NOW: Our Founding Fathers added their names to the Declaration of Independence, and now more than ever is it important to add your name to the growing list of patriots who uphold our inalienable rights and the promise of self-government.
The @FBI raid on President Trump was approved by Director Wray, who also claimed that the illegal FISA warrants used to spy on Trump were constitutional.— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 9, 2022
Today’s raid is outrageous and unjust, but predictable.
Stand up against the targeting of private American citizens from FBI raids - we refuse to back down!
P.S. — Nobody is safe from politically motivated attacks under the current DOJ. And with 87,000 new IRS agents joining the executive branch, the unaccountable federal government is only growing. Now is the time to push back before it’s too late! SIGN NOW AND STAND STRONG TOGETHER!
After todays raid on Mar A Lago what do you think the left plans to use those 87,000 new IRS agents for?— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 9, 2022
The FBI seized many boxes of documents and personal items of Trump, including records of the “Executive Grant of Clemency re: Roger Jason Stone Jr.,” “Info re: President of France,” two binders of photos, and a “handwritten note.”
In response, Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich described the event as “outrageous,” and said the “raid of President Trump’s home was not just unprecedented, but unnecessary – and they are leaking lies and innuendos to try to explain away the weaponization of government against their dominant political opponent.”
Trump announced on his Truth Social platform Friday that the documents he had were “all declassified” and that there was no “need to ‘seize’ anything,” adding that the FBI “could have had it [the documentation] anytime they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago.”
Earlier Friday, the former president mocked claims in The Washington Post that he was harboring “classified documents relating to nuclear weapons,” stating that the rumors are “a Hoax.”
“[J]ust like Russia, Russia, Russia was a Hoax, two Impeachments were a Hoax, the Mueller investigation was a Hoax, and much more,” he continued, adding that the “[s]ame sleazy people” were “involved.”
Some Republican leaders have criticized the FBI raid of Trump’s property as the “political weaponization” of the DOJ while others have said the U.S. has descended into a “banana republic.”