Trump’s rhetoric after Mar-a-Lago raid is ‘incendiary’

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that former President Donald Trump’s rhetoric after the FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago estate was “incendiary.”

Partial transcript as follows:

MARGARET BRENNAN: This deserves a full conversation and I want to make it happen. Let me first address this subject on the events of the past few days. Senator Marco Rubio, who is the Senate’s Vice President of Intelligence, released a layer – a letter saying he was outraged that he had not been informed, and he lambasted the FBI saying they had done more harm to faith and the rule of law than the Russian Federation or any other foreign adversary. Is his anger misplaced?

MCCAUL: You know, I think it comes on the heel – I think the Wall Street Journal did a great article on how you know after the Russian collusion, Steele Dossier, it all happened during the presidency Trump. And now out of the office for this raid to take place. Look, I’m a veteran of the DOJ. I worked on public integrity here at Principal Justice. And what worries me about Margaret is the lack of trust in our — and faith in our institutions that concerns me the most, especially and I think when you saw the DHS bulletin on, you know, the potential threats now for agents. It’s the whole fabric of our democracy, and they’ve lost the faith many have in the FBI and our institutions. I hate to see this. As a former federal prosecutor.

BRENNAN: Understood and there is something like a healthy skepticism about law enforcement, certainly, but for the former president to use the language he is when there is this level of threat against the FBI agents. Would you call on him to lower his voice?

MCCAUL: I think it’s inflammatory. I don’t want to put any law enforcement in the bullseye of a potential threat. And he’s someone who’s worked with law enforcement for most of my career. This is an extraordinary case, and what lawyers call a first impression case. Never has a former president of the United States been the subject of a search warrant. There was a subpoena, the court could have enforced the subpoena. It should have been a last step process. And I would also like… I agree with Brian Fitzpatrick, it’s true. The affidavit in support of the warrant will give you probable reason to try to figure out what’s going on here, and I think the American people deserve it. And I certainly think of Rubio’s point, that the Gang of 8 should have been informed. And I believe that the relevant committees on the Hill should have access to the documents, but more importantly, this affidavit.

BRENNAN: Thank you for your time today.

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