It has dominated headlines for weeks now: the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. It kicked off a firestorm of controversy and many of the details remain murky.
Some lawyers have claimed that the raid itself was either unnecessary or even unlawful, and Trump has maintained his innocence from the start. He’s saying he declassified all the seized materials.
But there might be a bigger problem for the DOJ — and a former D.C. insider thinks he knows what it is.
John Ratcliffe is the former Director of National Intelligence, so his opinion holds a fair amount of clout. He went on FNC’s Jesse Watters Primetime and spoke about the recently released set of evidence.
The photo of seized documents spread like wildfire and since then, many have wondered if this is the smoking gun the FBI hoped to find.
Democrat leaders are saying it’s verifiable proof that Trump is guilty and that charges are definitely coming. On the other hand, critics claim it doesn’t mean anything and the photo was a mere publicity stunt.
As for Ratcliffe, he said:
I was a former federal prosecutor, United States attorney. Let me tell you what this is about. Good prosecutors with good cases play it straight.
They don’t need to play games. They don’t need to shop for judges, they don’t need to leak intelligence that may or may not exist.
Ratcliffe is referring to the way the government has handled the case so far, in regards to disseminating the information to the American public.
This has been a major point of contention among many journalists and experts, especially as many wonder just how much the Biden administration knew before the raid occurred.
Initially, Biden’s office said he had no prior knowledge of the operation, though sources familiar with the matter say it’s highly unlikely that the President didn’t know anything about it.
Others question why things are moving so slowly, and why the FBI and DOJ haven’t simply revealed damning evidence. Ratcliffe believes he knows why:
And in this case, this tells you that the government didn’t find what they were looking for.
There weren’t nuclear secrets in Melania Trump’s underwear drawer, and they’re trying to justify what they’ve done.
They’re not playing it straight before the American people. I think that that’s going to play out.
If Ratcliffe is right and they didn’t find what they wanted in the raid, this could explain the delay and lack of information.
As for former President Trump, he’s said from the start that he didn’t have any classified materials he shouldn’t have had. He claims he declassified it all, and the raid was just a political maneuver.
We’ve heard reports that if there are any charges, they won’t be revealed until after the midterm elections.
- Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe claims the FBI “didn’t find what they were looking for” in raiding Trump’s estate.
- He says “they’re not playing it straight before the American people,” and that’s why they’re “playing games.”
- Critics say the released photos of the seized evidence don’t really prove anything, and Trump has maintained his innocence from the start.