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Former President Donald Trump lashed out at the FBI on social media on Saturday night, questioning their integrity days after they raided his private residence in Florida.
In a series of messages, Trump called the FBI “corrupt” and claimed their Mar-a-Lago raid on Monday was just the latest in a series of attempts to undermine him. These assertions are unfounded.
“The FBI has a long and relentless history of corruption. Just go back to the days of J. Edgar Hoover,” the former president wrote on TRUTH Social, referring to the federal bureau’s first director.
Trump added, “In the modern age, nothing has changed except it’s gotten much worse.”
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The former president then made a series of unverified claims involving former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page. . He also referenced the FBI’s impact on the 2016 presidential election.
“Look at Comey, McCabe, Strzok and lover Lisa Page. Check out the brilliantly written but damning IG reports. See what they were willing to do to get Crooked Hillary Clinton elected (they failed) and got caught! They spied on my campaign, pushed the FAKE case and illegally used the FISA court,” Trump said.
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“I have been fully vindicated in the Russia, Russia, Russia scam, Mueller’s ‘no collusion’ investigation, impeachment hoax #1, impeachment hoax #2, and the whole stay.allowed, breaking the lock they asked us to put on the storage area that we showed them at the beginning, which had papers they might have had months ago to ask for it, and without the ridiculous political grandstanding of a ‘break-in’ at a very wealthy, important and high-visibility location just before the midterm elections,” he continued.
Trump has also conspiratorially suggested that the FBI may have planted evidence against him during their raid, although there is no evidence to suggest this.
“The whole world watched as the FBI searched the house, including the closets (and clothes!) of the former First Lady, alone and unchecked. They even demanded that the security cameras be turned off (we refused) , but there was no way to tell if what they took was legit, or if there was a ‘factory’? It was, after all, the FBI!”
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The former president also “ReTruthed” or shared a series of posts further condemning the FBI, calling it a “criminal RICO.” [Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act] company.”
Another message shared by Trump claimed without evidence that the FBI was committing “collusion” as well as “treason, espionage [and] sedition.”
On Monday, the FBI spent several hours executing a search warrant on Trump’s Florida estate where they found boxes containing varying degrees of classification, including top secret and confidential information.
The search warrant, unsealed by a judge days later, showed that the FBI search was related to a possible violation of the Espionage Act.
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The incident was the first time in US history that the FBI had carried out such a raid on the residence of a former US president.