FBI Raid ‘Unprecedented Action’ Needs ‘Unprecedented Justification’

Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home is an “unprecedented action that must be supported by unprecedented justification”.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Now let’s move on to Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania, Brian Fitzpatrick. He’s a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor and joins us from Philadelphia. Congressman, good morning to you. I wonder, as a former agent, you’ve seen the warrant now, like all of us. What does this tell you about a potential crime that has been committed?

FITZPATRICK: Yes, thank you for inviting me. Well, I think it can be summed up in one line, Margaret, it was an unprecedented action that needs to be backed up by an unprecedented rationale. Part A was unprecedented action. Yes, we know. This has never happened before in the history of our country. To the second question, was there an unprecedented justification? It remains an open question, and we know exactly where to look. And that’s the probable cause affidavit, the only document that remains under seal. So because we don’t have that information, I’ve encouraged all of my colleagues left and right to reserve judgment and not step forward because we don’t know what’s in this document. He will answer a lot of questions. When we had the press conference on Friday with my fellow intelligence committee members, I wired the press. Then I said, the documents that you will see today unsealed, which were the affi-, I’m sorry, the- the money order, the author of the money order and the property receipt, are not going to do much light beyond the laws that were under investigation.

BRENNAN: But you voted for a bill in 2018 that made it a crime to possess documents or documents containing classified information. President Trump signed that same bill into law. Did he break it?

FITZPATRICK: Well, that’s what we have to find out. I mean, nobody complains and nobody should complain.–

BRENNAN: – Well, the receipt says he had classified and top secret information and above in boxes at Mar-a-Lago.

FITZPATRICK: – Alright. Yes, no one is saying it’s okay to have one, certainly not me, that it’s okay to have classified information anywhere outside of a SCIF. I know this better than anyone given my former profession and my current committee assignment, but the problem is that the administration disputes much of what is publicly reported. The affidavit will therefore answer this question. It will be able to tell us who is providing incorrect information. Is it the previous administration or the current administration? And we need to clarify that.

BRENNAN: Well, as you know, the news outlets are trying to get their hands on this affidavit. But these are not normally released during an active investigation. Is it appropriate to release it now in the middle of an investigation?

FITZPATRICK: Well, that’s- I would say this, Margaret, at the very least, if they don’t want to unseal it for public consumption, they can certainly take it to SCIF, to bring it to the members of our House Intelligence Committee. After all, we control the entire intelligence apparatus. So that’s what puzzles us, Margaret, myself, Mike Turner, fabulous congressman from Ohio, who also takes a very measured approach. We understand the dynamics of the game here. We just want to find out the truth. Objective truth. We don’t take any angles from any side here.


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