Following the Gestapo-like raid on President Trump’s home, the Democratic-controlled Justice Department has revealed nothing to justify this unprecedented action against America’s leading presidential candidate.
In the first step of many to come, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, filed articles of impeachment against Attorney General Merrick Garland, who admitted that he approved the raid.
“Attorney General Garland has taken steps to silence the voices of millions of United States citizens by prosecuting the duly elected and legitimate former President of the United States and potential presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump,” the first article reads impeachment .
Refusing to answer questions after making a brief statement, Garland continues to press demands for an explanation for his flagrant violation of the constitutional rights and dignity of an upstanding American citizen. On Monday, under Garland’s watch, the Justice Department filed a motion asking a court to continue to suppress the affidavit that was filed to obtain the search warrant, and the court will hear that motion Thursday.
Garland’s conduct is an affront to our democratic republic and unduly disrupts our upcoming elections in 2022 and 2024. Her armed raid on the home of the leading presidential candidate while refusing to disclose the bases cannot be endure
For once, major news networks sided with Trump supporters in asking the magistrate judge, whose legal career includes defending pilots and others associated with disgraced Jeffrey Epstein, to unseal the affidavit. Judge Bruce Reinhart, whom Trump has sought to recuse from the case, has withheld the supporting affidavit filed to obtain the search warrant.
The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits raiding any person’s home except “upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.” With those immortal words, the Founders put this essential safeguard in the Bill of Rights against the abuse of federal power that had just victimized Trump.
Political persecutions are hidden behind secrecy, and transparency would help stop them. There was no justification for federal agents to require Mar-a-Lago staff to turn off surveillance cameras so agents could violate the limits of the warrant’s scope without being held accountable.
Despite the deliberate intimidation brought about by more than 30 armed agents ransacking Trump’s home, his skeleton summer staff bravely refused the agents’ undue demand to turn off the cameras. However, there is no accountability for how federal agents tried to hide their own misconduct from surveillance.
“This is an assault on a political opponent on a level never before seen in our country,” Trump told Truth Social about the attack. The next day, Garland’s DOJ tracked down pro-Trump Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pennsylvania, while he was on a family vacation so three armed agents could take his cell phone by surprise in front of his young children.
A personal cell phone, like one’s home, contains a lot of private and confidential information that the government has no right to see, and Trump notes that the attack on him stole his confidential documents. Rep. Perry is not genuinely suspected of any wrongdoing, and neither is Trump regarding the documents he legally retained as president and was entitled to declassify and take with him.
All Americans should be horrified by this outrageous violation of constitutional rights for political gain. It may be impossible to seat 12 jurors who are not frightened by these tactics of the Biden Administration, in a future criminal trial or grand jury deliberations against a Trump supporter or even Trump himself.
Scaring his political opponents, as Biden is doing, is a threat to the survival of our Republic. Aside from Rep. Greene’s valiant effort to impeach Garland, little has yet been done to account for the Democrats’ one-sided persecution of Trump supporters.
One reason for this unwarranted federal raid may be to incite Georgia prosecutors to indict Trump or his supporters, and last week they informed Rudy Giuliani that he is the target of their witch hunt.
A federal judge appointed by Obama ordered Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, to testify in Georgia before a grand jury convenes there to try to indict Trump supporters. Graham appealed Judge Obama’s impertinent demand, citing the constitutional provision that members of Congress “shall not be questioned elsewhere” for their statements.
On Sunday, Graham received a momentary legal victory from a federal appeals court.
Political issues should be submitted to the American voters for resolution at the ballot box, not by hauling members of a political party before a state grand jury.
Representative government does not work when the ruling party can terrorize its political rivals with surprise raids on their homes and intrusive demands to testify in unilateral investigations. The next Congress, which meets in less than five months, must act quickly to curb liberals’ baffling pursuit of their political rivals.
John and Andy Schlafly are the sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the ongoing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.