(LifeSiteNews) — In former U.S. President Donald Trump’s first interview since the unprecedented FBI raid on his Florida home last week, he said “there is tremendous anger in the country” and argued that tensions must dissipate or “terrible things are going to happen.”
Trump told Fox News Digital in an exclusive interview Monday morning that he would “do whatever” possible “to help the country” after the FBI executed a search warrant last week on his Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida.
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Trump ‘will do whatever’ he can to ‘help the country’ after FBI raid: ‘Temperature has to be brought down’https://t.co/GkY5cQopMZ
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Trump’s comments to Fox mirror a private message he reportedly sent to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland just before the raid, in which he said, “The country is on fire. What can I do to reduce the heat?” Garland has admitted he personally authorized the decision to seek a search warrant against the former president.
In the Monday interview, Trump suggested that the raid has pushed the country closer to a breaking point.
“The country is in a very dangerous position,” he told the outlet. “There is tremendous anger, like I’ve never seen before, over all of the scams, and this new one — years of scams and witch hunts, and now this.”
“There has never been a time like this where law enforcement has been used to break into the house of a former president of the United States, and there is tremendous anger in the country — at a level that has never been seen before, other than during very perilous times,” Trump continued.
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.
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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 former president, who headlined the Dallas, Texas CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) event just days before the FBI raid, added, “If there is anything we can do to help, I, and my people, would certainly be willing to do that.”
“[T]he temperature has to be brought down in the country,” he said. “If it isn’t, terrible things are going to happen.”
Fox News Digital pointed out that federal agencies have released a bulletin after the FBI raid warning law enforcement of an alleged spike in “’violent threats’ against law enforcement, judiciary and government personnel.”
The outlet also noted that “[g]eneral calls” for “civil war” and “armed rebellion” have allegedly ramped up on social media platforms after the raid on Trump’s residence.
Trump’s interview with Fox came after he reacted to the FBI raid in a series of posts on his social media platform Truth Social since Monday.
In one post, Trump blasted a report by The Washington Post that suggested that FBI agents had sought “[c]lassified documents relating to nuclear weapons” at Trump’s residence.
“Nuclear weapons issue is a Hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia was a Hoax, two Impeachments were a Hoax, the Mueller investigation was a Hoax, and much more,” he said, adding that the “[s]ame sleazy people” were “involved.”
On Monday, Trump told Fox News Digital that the “people of this country are not going to stand for another scam.”
The FBI search warrant was unsealed after a filing by the Department of Justice last week, revealing that Trump is under investigation for alleged violations of the Espionage Act and the obstruction of justice.
Trump himself had called for “the immediate release” of the warrant, “even though they have been drawn up by radical left Democrats and possible future political opponents.”
On Friday, former federal prosecutor and current National Review contributing editor Andrew McCarthy told the Daily Wire’s Andrew Klavan that he believes the FBI conducted the raid with a “closet agenda” to “get” Trump on charges related to the “Stop the Steal” rally that turned into a riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
“I think they are mainly trying to make a case on Trump related to January 6, and I think that if you look at the timeline of what they’ve done in the six weeks in which this Mar-a-Lago search is included, that becomes clear,” he said.