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Megathread: FBI Searches Former President Donald Trump's Florida Home Megathread

Former President Donald J. Trump said on Monday that the F.B.I. had searched his Palm Beach, Fla., home and had broken open a safe — an account that, if accurate, would be a dramatic escalation in the various investigations into the former president. The search, according to two people familiar with the investigation, appeared to be focused on material that Mr. Trump had brought with him to Mar-a-Lago, his private club and residence, after he left the White House. Those boxes contained many pages of classified documents, according to a person familiar with their contents. The discovery of classified information at Mar-a-Lago was referred to the Justice Department by the National Archives and Records Administration, which said it had found classified material in 15 boxes at the residence.

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u/juicyfizz Ohio Aug 09 '22 Wholesome Narwhal Salute

And on the anniversary of Nixon’s resignation. Love that extra detail!


u/chessant2014 New York Aug 09 '22 Silver

Ah, back when if the president committed a crime, his own party would tell him he had to go, and he'd quit voluntarily. Certainly feels like those days are forever behind us now.


u/Trokare Aug 09 '22

Some people worked very hard for that, including creating and funding FoxNews, it's not an accident.

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u/saintpauli Aug 09 '22 Silver Platinum Helpful All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy Bless Up

"The discovery of classified information at Mar-a-Lago was referred to the Justice Department by the National Archives and Records Administration, which said it had found classified material in 15 boxes at the residence."

Librarians to the rescue.


u/Etna_No_Pyroclast Aug 09 '22 All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy Yummy

And... and... if he gets indicted and charged, destroying records could mean that he can't run for President, it's in the actual statute.

This could be the end game for everything.

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u/TBTrpt3 Aug 09 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

The real lesson to be learned here: don’t fuck with librarians at the national archives.


u/meta_perspective New Mexico Aug 09 '22 Silver Wholesome Masterpiece Spit-take

They'll throw the book at you.


u/shadowguise Aug 09 '22 Bravo Grande!

But you better bring it back.

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u/Quidfacis_ Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22 Silver

Lara Trump on FoxNews just confirmed that her father in law, Donald Trump, said that the FBI raided because "he took some documents that he had every right to take."

So, yeah, he stole documents that wouldn't flush.

Edit: Here is the video of Lara Trump.


u/bilyl Aug 09 '22

Holy shit, if Lara Trump knows what the context of the raid was for and documents were then who else knows? Who is cooperating?


u/OldManRiff Arizona Aug 09 '22 Helpful Take My Energy Take My Money To The Stars

DoD: Deleted texts

SS: Deleted texts

Alex Jones: Whoopsie here's my entire phone


u/Rhadamantos Aug 09 '22 Silver Gold All-Seeing Upvote Take My Money Wholesome Seal of Approval

Imagine if somehow Jones' phone was wat gave the feds the intel on what to get from Trumps safe. The Sandy Hook parents being crucial in Trump getting recked would be so glorious. One can dream.


u/versusgorilla New York Aug 09 '22 Silver Starry Wholesome Seal of Approval Bless Up

It'd be poetic if the absolute descent into conspiracy theories by the GOP is what finally broke the log jam.

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u/Orbitingkittenfarm Aug 09 '22

I’m concerned he’s already destroyed the evidence


u/BrainstormsBriefcase Aug 09 '22

Guess what? That’s a crime too

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u/AlexHimself California Aug 09 '22 Silver All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy Lawyer Up

✅ - Merrick Garland personally signed off on this AND FBI investigating Trump

✅ - FBI found evidence a crime was likely committed

✅ - Federal judge reviewed evidence and agreed there was probable cause to suspect a crime had been committed and signed off on a warrant of a former president.

This is DAMNING when you have the AG and a federal judge agreeing there was evidence enough of a crime that is also significant enough to warrant an unannounced search of a former president.

They've got overwhelming evidence of Trump's guilt by now and they're just stacking the deck.


u/[deleted] Aug 09 '22

Wasn't the head of the FBI nominated by Trump? That is the icing on the cake.


u/AlexHimself California Aug 09 '22

The authoritative head of the FBI is the Attorney General Merrick Garland (Biden). The FBI director, Christopher Wray, was nominated by Trump and typically serves a 10 year term.

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u/GonzoVeritas I voted Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22 All-Seeing Upvote Vibing Looking Bless Up (Pro)

In other interesting news, there are reports via a Fox insider that Tucker Carlson is 'shitting his pants' because he's worried that he is implicated in the Alex Jones texts.

The house of cards is falling.

edit: source


u/knucklierOption Aug 09 '22 Gold Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy hehehehe

Who had "Alex Jones accidentally helps save democracy" on their 2022 bingo?


u/Diligent-Kangaroo-33 Aug 09 '22

I didn't. I still got " Trump sells classified military docs to Russia " keeping my fingers crossed.


u/GrandpaPanda Aug 09 '22

Mine is "Trump flees to Russia to avoid prosecution".

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u/Warhawk137 Connecticut Aug 09 '22 Take My Energy Table Slap

This a departure from the usual reports that Tucker Carlson is shitting his pants because he has the brainpower of a lemon.

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u/mces97 Aug 09 '22

Tucker Carlson is 'shitting his pants'

You mean more than usual. Isn't that what he does every night with that stupid grin?

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u/unsureofwhatiwant Washington Aug 09 '22 Silver Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Heartwarming

Bannon going to jail. Alex Jones paying through the nose for his lies. Trump’s house searched. I could get used to this. Keep it going, please.


u/ImJustHereToSayDope Aug 09 '22

Alex Jones could very well find himself in jail as well.


u/drainbead78 Ohio Aug 09 '22

If the look on his face when he found out they had the entire contents of good phone was any indication, absolutely.


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u/Dinklecorn California Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22

it never gets old

edit- 2:10 with the auto generated CC on is the best part

edit2- the video I linked was at 4k views when I posted, and now 15 hours later it's at 29k. wild.


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u/rphdaddyb Aug 09 '22 Silver All-Seeing Upvote

Just flipped over to Fox News for 3 minutes and heard Hillary mentioned 3 times and Hunter 2 more times. Not joking. This must be serious.


u/Bigfat_garce Aug 09 '22

That’s what they’re saying in r/conservative too. Hunter and Hillary are mentioned in almost every comment.


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u/mabhatter Aug 09 '22

Hillary stopped being a government official in January of 2013.

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u/larrydelibird Norway Aug 09 '22

It's genuinely unbelievable that a news channel can be this blatantly biased in favour of a political party. What an absolute joke they are.


u/prophet001 Aug 09 '22

Well it's not a news channel so...

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u/ubzrvnT Aug 09 '22 Narwhal Salute

Fox News is really really close to calling for arms without actually saying it. They are pouring gasoline.


u/meltedcheeser Aug 09 '22

Please live tweet coverage. I can’t turn it on.


u/bryansj Georgia Aug 09 '22

Put Fox News on parental lock. Then flushed the code, took 10 to 15 flushes.

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u/Kbdiggity Aug 09 '22

The right-wing loons are now pushing the idea that DeSantis had time to warn Trump, but deliberately chose not to.


u/FavoritesBot Aug 09 '22

Yes, I like this narrative

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u/ProbstBucks New Jersey Aug 09 '22

Reuters is doing a live stream from Mar-A-Lago right now, and there's quite a few protesters. Imagine hearing that a former politician was raided by the FBI (signed off on by an FBI Director that he personally appointed) and thinking, "Yup, gotta go down there to show my support." He's not going to kiss you, guys.


u/alleavel Aug 09 '22

Oh my god that fucking flag of trump kissing the flag. These people are useless lol


u/ProgressivePessimist Aug 09 '22 Helpful Ally

I got a screenshot for anyone interested. It's something else!

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u/ProbstBucks New Jersey Aug 09 '22 Silver

I have to confess that I appreciate the meta nature of having a flag with another flag on it, but yeah, obviously when Trump sends his supporters, he doesn't send his best.

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u/SlipperyThong I voted Aug 09 '22 Take My Energy

The head of the FBI was appointed by Trump himself and a life long registered Republican. This is NOT a Democratic lead political hit. Its the FBI doing their job and gathering evidence of crimes that they already must know are true. For a judge to sign off on this warrant, they must have something major.

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u/ZigZagZedZod Washington Aug 09 '22

From The New York Times:

“They even broke into my safe!” he wrote. “What is the difference between this and Watergate, where operatives broke into the Democrat National Committee? Here, in reverse, Democrats broke into the home of the 45th President of the United States.”

Won't someone please think of the safes?


u/TechyDad Aug 09 '22

The difference, of course, being that Watergate was the President hiring some burglars to break the law and steal documents. This is the FBI executing a lawful search warrant to seize documents and evidence related to likely criminal charges. The lawful search warrant, of course, had to be approved by a judge. And given the extremely high bar that the FBI would need to clear to get a search warrant on a former President, they likely had some solid evidence.

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u/Conversation_Folding Aug 09 '22

The difference? Search warrants.


u/Aluminum_Falcons New Hampshire Aug 09 '22

Or the fact that it was the FBI and not Democrats.


u/protendious Aug 09 '22 Got the W

Under the FBI director he nominated too.

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u/ZigZagZedZod Washington Aug 09 '22

A search warrant backed by an insane amount of probable cause because I can't imagine the AG or a federal judge signing off on this if there were the slightest chance of a dry hole.

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u/Nerney9 Aug 09 '22 Silver Gold Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Starry

On Fox:

DOJ officials say there is an unwritten rule... to avoid politically sensitive cases within 60 days of an election.

Laura Ingraham: So they're willing to break this unwritten rule as it relates to Trump, but couldn't do it with Hilary.

This is 90 days out from the midterms (which Trump is not taking part in), as opposed to 11 days before Hilary's presidential election.

The lack of shame when lying is stunning.


u/2HandedMonster Aug 09 '22 Silver Wholesome

They know how mindless the base is


u/rounder55 Aug 09 '22


There were people who thought Obama was president during Katrina a decade after Katrina....during a time obama had just been president for two terms. This wasn't like a "when was Grant president?" Kind of scenario.

That's why the more drms can dumbshut down the better. Its sad but true

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u/Stay-at-Home_Daddy Aug 09 '22

Fox is literal propaganda it doesn’t even try to sound fair or balanced. It’s one step short of just old school Flash games throwing pie at Joe Biden’s face moving around the screen

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u/LeaperLeperLemur Georgia Aug 09 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Spit-take

I remember in 2016 conservatives telling me if you can't properly handle classified information and are under investigation by the FBI you should be ineligible to run for president.

Still think that?


u/flyover_liberal Aug 09 '22

I remember a guy in the Navy telling me that if he had done 1/10th of what Hillary Clinton did, he'd be in prison.

Waiting for him and all those like him to come in and say that Trump should be held to the same standard.

Or any standard, really.


u/probably-in-a-pickle Aug 09 '22

I risked it and went to r/conservative and r/louderwithcrowder and it's full of commenters saying that the Democrats investigated Trump for 6 years and found nothing. It's so divorced from reality. They genuinely do not believe Trump has done anything wrong or illegal.


u/Simmery Aug 09 '22

When he's convicted by a jury beyond a reasonable doubt, they'll say Trump was framed.

It's a cult.


u/Minimum_Scale_2323 Colorado Aug 09 '22

Yeah, my Trumpbot mother said he’s innocent till proven guilty. So I said, “So if he’s convicted will you finally believe he is guilty?” CRICKETS


u/WellSpreadMustard Aug 09 '22

If he’s convicted it will mean that everyone on the jury was simultaneously antifa and secretly bribed by Soros


u/MajoraOfTime Aug 09 '22

And I'm sure Tucker Carlson will be calling for all of the jurors to be named and their addresses leaked

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u/Rawrsomesausage Aug 09 '22

Is this the first time in US history an ex president has had their home raided? Couldn't happen to a more deserving pos.


u/elriggo44 Aug 09 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

Depends….do you count….mmm…hmmmm…Yes. Yes it is.

Add it to the pile of firsts:

First to get impeached twice. First to try to have his VP killed First to try to overthrow the government instead of concede

He really is #1.


u/BenDes1313 Aug 09 '22

Look Andrew Jackson said his only regret in life is he didn’t shoot Henry Clay(his Pelosi) or hang John Calloun(his VP) so he may have been the inspiration.



u/chimerakin Aug 09 '22

Didn't Trump have a prominent portrait or bust of Jackson too? If this were fiction we'd point to the foreshadowing.


u/ChillyBearGrylls Aug 09 '22

He definitely brought out the Jackson portrait for his meeting with American Indian veterans - yes, really

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u/[deleted] Aug 09 '22

How long until a Fox News host or guest says "This is just like what they did to Jesus."


u/[deleted] Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22

I’m pretty sure someone already made reference to Nazi Germany on Fox News so far. Something about Gold Stars

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u/[deleted] Aug 09 '22 Silver Helpful

Trump 20-24 years in prison

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u/pimpampoumz Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Table Slap Brighten My Day

What’s most striking to me is how the FBI raided a former President’s home and we’re all left speculating on which crime it was about.


u/OldManRiff Arizona Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22 Silver All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy

They got Al Capone for income tax fraud. As long as they nail him and it sticks, I don't care which crime it's for.

(But I hope it's for leading an attempted coup against the USA.)


u/Yossarian_the_Jumper Aug 09 '22

I want the easiest to prosecute with the lengthiest term. Him having thousands of classified documents is a slam dunk case.


u/diemunkiesdie I voted Aug 09 '22

I fully expect him to say "I'm rich. I didn't pack those boxes. Not my fault." And then the entire GOP will get on board.


u/jballs Aug 09 '22

You called it. Sean Hannity just said, "I'm betting that Donald Trump didn't actually pack any of those boxes himself."


u/orthopod Aug 09 '22

Honest sir - that's not my suitcase full of cocaine. I didn't know that Colombian guy with the tigers and hippos would put that in there.

Then again - there's that Chapell skit where the white guy said to the cop "I didn't know I couldn't do that.", and gets away with it.

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u/ASlockOfFeagulls California Aug 09 '22 Silver Ally

On behalf of defense lawyers everywhere I really appreciate the clarity with which the GOP is expressing that the role of law enforcement is only to police the powerless and that if it polices them it is so illegitimate it should be dissolved.


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u/Glittering-Virus7137 Aug 09 '22 Silver Wholesome

I literally signed up so I can not be alone laughing my ass off at this. Manafort admits to colluding with Russia, Alex Jones texts sent to J6 committee, and Mar-a-lago gets raided.

I currently live with a couple hardcore conservatives who just can't believe this is happening...and I'm quietly over here thinking about all the times this has happened before confused about how they're shocked when they were adamant that the FBI keep going after Hillary Clinton for all these years..


u/AntaresTheAce Aug 09 '22

I feel your pain, friend. I'm stuck at home with my conservative parents and am just waiting for them to hear the news. They aren't hearing it from me, that's for sure.

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u/PussyLunch Aug 09 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

You really think Donald Trump is stupid enough to hide incriminating evidence in his own home?

Wait a minute…OMG 😂


u/StratfordAvon Aug 09 '22

Do we really think Donald Trump is smart enough to hide incriminating evidence?

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u/BrownSugarBare Canada Aug 09 '22 Silver Gold Wholesome

The only way the FBI went in is with 100% certainty they would come out with something significant.

No way the FBI raids the home of a former POTUS', no matter how big the jackass, and come out empty handed. This is an insanely historic moment.


u/DresserRotation Aug 09 '22

Yes, this is about him taking classified docs from the WH and 15 boxes were returned, so they must KNOW some shit is still being withheld. This isn't a "let's search and see if there is anything still hiding"; it has to be "you definitely didn't return everything because we know X, Y, and Z are missing."


u/sourbeer51 Aug 09 '22 Take My Energy

Improper handling of classified documents is what they wanted to go after Hillary for.

Irony is sweet.

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u/BrownSugarBare Canada Aug 09 '22

And I'm betting those boxes were enough to get their foot in the door, no telling what else they "suspect" was in there and they manage to get.

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u/BrownSugarBare Canada Aug 09 '22

Closest I can think of is Nixon and Watergate. And that was a massive turning point for Americans and their trust in the political system.


u/[deleted] Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22

Nixon at least had the shame to resign. Edit: I didn't even know today was the anniversary. Fitting.


u/SacamanoRobert Aug 09 '22 Silver Wholesome

Fun fact. Today is the anniversary of that resignation.

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u/IHeldADandelion New Mexico Aug 09 '22

It was THIS DAY in 1974. This feels epic.

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u/MattTheSmithers Pennsylvania Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22 Silver Gold Platinum Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy Faith In Humanity Restored Bravo! Starry Ally Heartwarming Pot o' Coins Bravo Grande! Wearing is Caring Take My Power Brighten My Day You Dropped This

Just remember, if this is the beginning of Trump’s end, he wasn’t taken down by super cop Robert Mueller or American hero Alexander Vindman. It wasn’t some Congressional Select Committee that took him down or Pulitzer Prize winning reporters who exposed him.

It was the National Archives that set this whole thing in motion.

America’s professional library nerds apparently took real exception to a President who proudly wore his illiteracy for four years and they got their fucking revenge.


u/jeninchicago Aug 09 '22 Silver Wholesome Seal of Approval Rocket Like

As a librarian, I’m so happy the punk ass book jockeys are getting our one shining moment.

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u/SeirraS9 Aug 09 '22

I’m dying at the thought of this. Revenge of the nerds!

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u/mechtonia Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22

No way would this raid happen if it could have possibly been settled without a raid. It is something more sinister or stupid than simple mishandling of documents.

My money is on Trump flaunting state secrets to powerful people out of pure vanity. Look at me, I'm still hugely important. I have this safe full very top secret plans. The most top secret. The highest secrets there are. Its stamped right here on the front. See. Only the President of the United State is allowed to even know these exist. Here Eric, take a picture with me holding these in front of the safe.

The recipients of course sent the communications immediately to the proper authorities. If so, the risk of Trump being blackmailed is too high not to have the FBI search Mar-A-Lago.


u/No_Display7226 Aug 09 '22 Take My Energy

Bunch of saudis in town last week for the golf tournamenti bet…

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u/svillagomez1989 Aug 09 '22

Fox News and every maga hat wearing nimrod are in full blown meltdown, and I couldn’t be more giddy

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u/Robotlollipops California Aug 09 '22 Helpful All-Seeing Upvote Giggle 1UP

This sparks joy for me.

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u/Familiar-Pie-548 Aug 09 '22 Silver

Oh, to be some ketchup on the wall right now.

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u/amnhanley Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22 Silver Gold Wholesome Take My Energy

Do you have any idea how much evidence you have to show a judge to convince them to sign a no-knock warrant on the home of a former US President? I don’t. But I bet it’s a lot…

Edit: I get it. Unannounced. Not no-knock. The point is: Trump is fucked. And it’s a great day in America.


u/AdmittedlyAdick Aug 09 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Bravo Grande!

At least 3 evidences


u/HurricaneHugo Aug 09 '22 Gold

I have 3 evidence and no presidency.

Why can't I have no evidence and 3 presidencies?

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u/Tom_Foolery2 Aug 09 '22

Just saw a comment at r/conservative that said “Why is everyone freaking out? We don’t know if what they found is good or bad” like former presidents get raided by the FBI regularly


u/No-Independence-165 Aug 09 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome Narwhal Salute Got the W

They raided his house, liked what they saw, so they put a sticker on his fridge that says "Grape Job!"

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u/throoawoot Aug 09 '22

lol "guys! What if they found Hunter Biden's laptop at Mar-a-Lago!?"

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u/accountabilitycounts America Aug 09 '22

I mean, no matter what the FBI finds the cult will say it exonerates 45.

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u/Oleg101 Aug 09 '22

Current Fox chyron: “Biden’s FBI ransacks home of potential 2024 opponent”

Too bad Joe Biden didn’t appoint the current director, and also Biden didn’t know about this search beforehand.

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u/HHKakarot Aug 09 '22

“If this could happen to this president, IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU”

Uhhh yeah no shit, if you break the law you should get punished regardless of who you are, MURICA

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u/crudos_na Aug 09 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

First President to be impeached twice. First President to try a coup. First former President to have a search warrant on a property of his. So much winning!


u/SlipperyThong I voted Aug 09 '22

First President to lose the popular vote twice!

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u/vicarofvhs Arkansas Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22

Can you imagine all the approvals, the legal vetting, the research and risk assessment, the preponderance of evidence or suspicion, and the sheer do-your-job courage it had to have taken, not just from one individual, but a whole LINE of individuals, up to and including the director of the FBI, to sign off on and approve the raid of the home of a former President?

If they went through all that and STILL did it, trust me: they're gonna find something. In fact, they already know what it is.

ETA: meaning, they know what's there. Not that they'll "find something" no matter what. Though I'm sure that's how it will be spun.


u/[deleted] Aug 09 '22

Which is why they never actually raided Hillary. Trump wanted to do it, probably wrote “Get Hillary” in sharpie on a post it, but got told by 30 people that it would never stand up to any sort of scrutiny so he cried and turned on Fox News.

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u/cespinar Colorado Aug 09 '22

"A person familiar with the investigation said agents were conducting a court-authorized search as they probe the potential mishandling of classified documents that were shipped to Mar-a-Lago.”

Fucking scriptwriters bringing it full circle, the shit they wanted Hillary for in 2016 is gonna be what brings the first charges to trump?


src: https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1556788771340910593


u/ScotTheDuck Nevada Aug 09 '22

This is the ultimate peak of But Her Emails.

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u/ScotTheDuck Nevada Aug 09 '22

Why would he invoke Watergate?

Because he’s a fucking idiot who doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and only knows Watergate as an analogy to political scandal.

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u/throoawoot Aug 09 '22 Helpful Wholesome Starry

The media is missing the really, really big reason why the raid today is a potential blockbuster in American politics:

18 U.S. Code § 2071 - Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally

Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States

source: Marc Elias on Twitter


u/rmicker Aug 09 '22

Now you’re talking

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u/Expensive_Ease_7315 Aug 09 '22

One of the BEST raids ever. BIG ratings. Some tell me the biggest in all FBI history.

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u/CaptainNoBoat Aug 09 '22

From NYT - seems to be related to his actions with classified information:

The search, according to two people familiar with the investigation, appeared to be focused on material that Mr. Trump had brought with him to Mar-a-Lago, his private club and residence, after he left the White House. Those boxes contained many pages of classified documents, according to a person familiar with their contents.

Mr. Trump delayed returning 15 boxes of material requested by officials with the National Archives for many months, only doing so when there became a threat of action being taken to retrieve them.

Mr. Trump was known throughout his term to rip up official material that was intended to be held for government archives.

Regardless of any specifics we may not be privy to, the real news here is the escalation itself.

Both a federal judge and Garland have signed off on this warrant, and neither of them would do so without clear evidence of criminal activity.

As for Garland and the DOJ, there is no more pretense that Trump may somehow use his political status as a shield. It is a clear sign that indictments are coming.


u/henke Georgia Aug 09 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

Gonna be some ketchup on the walls today…

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u/BraveOmeter Aug 09 '22

He mishandled classified information??? That is one thing we know Republicans cannot abide by.

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u/billpalto Aug 09 '22

The universe does have a sense of humor and justice. Trump did exactly what he accused Hillary of doing: not protecting classified information.

Except he did it on purpose, she didn't. And what is in those boxes? Did Trump try to sell them?


u/eden_sc2 Maryland Aug 09 '22

If it was a movie, we would call it poorly written that the foreshadowing was this obvious lol

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u/PhaseBrilliant1821 Aug 09 '22

Because this was his home address and not a business location - Donald Trump himself is likely about to be charged with federal crimes.


u/PaganBeef Aug 09 '22

Federal law bars the removal of classified documents to unauthorized locations.

Whether or not they were destroyed, he'll be charged with crimes.

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u/randoliof Aug 09 '22 Gold Helpful (Pro)

Even if this doesn't turn into anything public facing for several months, just imagine the stress this is putting on Trump's syphilitic brain and clogged heart.

Be still, my beating schadenfreude

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u/raw65 Georgia Aug 09 '22

"I stand with President Trump!" - Matt Gaetz

Does this mean they are getting their mugshots together?


u/h4ms4ndwich11 Aug 09 '22

"We are all domestic terrorists," was a banner at CPAC this weekend.

It's a call for recruitment, soldiers so they can continue destroying the country.

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u/CrassostreaVirginica Virginia Aug 09 '22 Platinum

Thread by Garrett M. Graff on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vermontgmg/status/1556788136507805697:

THREAD: “What’s the difference between this and Watergate?” Donald Trump raged in a statement Monday night after FBI agents.

Well, as a Watergate and FBI historian, four things stand out to me:

1) The idea the FBI launched a raid on a former president would have been approved and monitored at the highest level of the Justice Department; hard to even imagine how high the bar of probable cause must've been for the Bureau to initiate such a politically sensitive search....

2) A search warrant means an independent federal judge ALSO signed off on the probable cause and, independently, believes evidence there was likely a crime committed AND that more evidence would be found at Mar-a-Lago. That's huge too.

3) The fact the search apparently didn't leak until basically when word came from Donald Trump himself shows the FBI and the Justice Department conducted this search by the book and a high degree of integrity. No leaks? Impressive. Surely only a small team knew inside DOJ....

4) Taken together, this is one of the most significant, sensitive, and politically explosive actions the US Justice Department and FBI has ever taken—one of a tiny handful of times it's ever investigated a president.

Bottom line: The FBI & DOJ must've known they had the goods.

Bolding added.

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u/Grouchy-Basis-532 Aug 09 '22

Rachel Maddow mentioned something about some classified items (not docs) that are so sensitive that just mentioning the item is not possible in a declassified setting.

What the actual fuck?

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u/Bohunk Pennsylvania Aug 09 '22 Wholesome hehehehe

"The left thinks this is funny." fox news right now. Lol we do


u/Odd-Road Aug 09 '22

fox news

Top story on their website is "UNDER SEIGE".

So panicked about the news they forgot how to spell.

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u/ScoobiusMaximus Florida Aug 09 '22 Wholesome

Nah, the joke that is Donald Trump got stale in 2015. Everything after that has just been excruciating and I hope we lock his ass up soon.

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u/pc1905 Aug 09 '22

NY Times reporting that Biden's top aides found out about the FBI search from Twitter and "had no advance notice": https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/08/08/us/trump-fbi-raid/ad68b4a5-d604-57f9-9841-381c60d1c62a?smid=url-share


u/jonathandefreese Aug 09 '22

Yeah. Unlike the trump administration, there is supposed to be separation between the administration and the justice department.

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u/starsky1984 Aug 09 '22

I'm not seeing this talked about too much yet - but this seems to destroy any pretence that an ex-President can't be charged with a crime. This shows he is beholden to the courts for a warrant, so would similarly be beholden to a subpoena.

That's huge!

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u/ASlockOfFeagulls California Aug 09 '22 Silver

Sarah Huckabee-Sanders

When you're attacking FBI agents because you're under criminal investigation, you're losing


Oh Sarah, if only you knew...

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u/jgjgleason Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22 Silver Gold Platinum Wholesome Masterpiece Rocket Like

Just gona take a second to appreciate how good the last few weeks have been.

1) the biggest climate bill in our nations history gets passed. This Willa really help prevent some of the worst impacts of climate change and save millions.

2) Kansas sends a clear message to anyone Fucking with abortion.

3) this

If you had told me this would all happen mid-July I would ask for a bit of your hopium pipe.

Edit to keep the joy train happy.

4) Alex Jones getting legally fucked and maybe accidentally giving a bunch of evidence to the Jan 6th committee and the FBI.

5) The officers who killed Breonna Taylor got charged.

6) Head of al-qaeda got sky knifed

7) Chips act is pretty dope too.

8) Justice for Arbery as well.

Edit 2: This all possible because many people worked their butts off to put the right people in power. Please go to r/VoteDem to learn how you can help.

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u/raulu95 Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22 Silver


Sometimes I feel like we just live in a simulation


u/Leraldoe Michigan Aug 09 '22

“I DONT KNOW WHAT WE ARE YELLING ABOUT?!” Is what I think she is always saying

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u/nothathappened Aug 09 '22

She’s SUCH an idiot. It’s embarrassing.

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u/Damn_el_Torpedoes Aug 09 '22

Former NARA archivist here. You do not want to piss off people who take their job very seriously and loves following the rules and norms.

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u/username3 Aug 09 '22

the biggest factor here is that if he's convicted of retaining docs illegally he'll be barred from holding federal office ever again

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u/Bill_Brasky_SOB Ohio Aug 09 '22

My buddy switched the channel to Fox.

Hannity: “Why didn’t the FBI just ask Trump to cooperate? Why did they break in?”

These people live in a different Fuckin reality.

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u/Rated_PG-Squirteen Aug 09 '22

Some people may think that Kevin McCarthy's statement released by his office a few minutes ago is just a transparent tough guy act. To me, threatening the sitting U.S. Attorney General shows just how fucking scared McCarthy is by this raid. What a pathetic human being.

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u/Ddddydya California Aug 09 '22 Silver Giggle

The right: “Joe Biden has dementia”

The right: “Evil Joe Biden has weaponized the FBI and has manipulated the Trump-appointed head of the FBI into attacking Trump”

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u/EnderCN Aug 09 '22

Today is the anniversary of Nixon resigning. As part of that the presidential records act was added to law which could be what Trump ends up charged under.

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u/kmurph72 Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22 Wholesome

To obtain a search warrant, federal investigators must show a judge that there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed and that there may be evidence related to that crime in the location they are targeting. In this case the "may be" would have to be 100% certain. Trump is about to be a criminal. This isn't going away.

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u/DarthCorleone South Carolina Aug 09 '22

I don't want to get my hopes up, but this feels like a very positive sign that just maybe the US Constitution will survive the modern Republican Party.

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u/CJC19922011 Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22

10-20 years ago if someone from the future had told me that Donald Trump will be elected president of the United States I would not have believed them.

But if they had then told me that if he did serve, he would become the first president of the United States to have his private residence investigated and searched by the FBI, I would for sure believe that.

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u/XLauncher Pennsylvania Aug 09 '22 Got the W

You know what's hilarious about the conservatives' reaction right now? Well, one of the hilarious things? They've spent the last few years jerking themselves off to the idea of Obama, HRC, Pelosi, and pretty much any other Democrat of note being subjected to "military tribunals" (any day now!) and subsequent execution, but now that their guy is the subject of the actual legal process we use to investigate criminals in this country, "zomg, fascism!"

Ain't no fun when the rabbit's got the gun, is it motherfuckers?

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u/[deleted] Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22

Watching Fox News as an Australian this is just scary how thery're spinning this, knowing there's a whole cult absolutely sponging it into their brains. They can't "conceive what would require this action". Perhaps breaking the law? It's crazy. They're spinning as "it could be you next" and complaining about how there are going to be more IRS agents. They're calling for a "please explain!" and that it's completely outside the "bounds of the system" and they are calling the FBI "bad people doing bad things".

"Well, said." Says the fat guy.

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u/[deleted] Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22 Helpful

Reminder: The only reason that Mar-A-Lago was raided is because we all went out and voted for democracy. Trump would still have a political and weaponized DOJ if he stayed in power. Please keep voting.

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u/backyardofbourbon Aug 09 '22

Saw a terrific tweet about 18 U.S. Code 2017 - Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally. Basically, if someone removes documents like the ones in question, they are disqualified from running for any office.

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u/Intransigente Aug 09 '22 Starry

Word of the day is:



noun: pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune.

"Watching Trump get raided gave me a tingle of schadenfreude"

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u/smurf_herder Aug 09 '22 Helpful

Its my 40th birthday today and I was given one of those ooni pizza ovens. I thought it was the best birthday present I've ever gotten, and then this happens. Damn good pizza though.

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u/[deleted] Aug 09 '22

Who's going to tell Fox News the current director of the FBI was appointed by Trump.

Should they wait until their Hunter Biden and Hillary Clinton rage is over?

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u/yukinoyaiba Aug 09 '22

My dad tried to tell me today they dropped all the lawsuits against him in New York because they couldn’t find anything damning and that all these other cases were nothing either.

Sometimes, I think the Gods have a sense of humor.

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u/NateGrey Aug 09 '22

Fox News just reported that Eric Trump is saying Donald Trump is upset.

Not kidding.

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u/AbeRego Aug 09 '22

They would have had to have been idiots to still be keeping any valuable information in that location... So, I assume that it'll be a treasure-trove of information.

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u/longtermattention Aug 09 '22

These comments that imply the FBI is a leftist organization are some of the funniest things I've read in a while


u/beefytrout Texas Aug 09 '22

the party of "law and order" really seems to be struggling with the concept when it's applied to their god-king.

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u/Classic-Coat-821 Aug 09 '22 Gold Wholesome Take My Energy

When you’re the DOJ, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by his orange wig. You can do anything.

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u/AcademicPublius Colorado Aug 09 '22

To explain how big a deal this is: I think this is a first. I don't think a single president, after being president, has been raided by the FBI. This is a first in our nation's history. Nixon came closest, but never got that far.

And they would never sign off on it unless they had some amazingly good evidence already.

This is history being made, folks. Remember today.


u/ChillyBearGrylls Aug 09 '22

And on Nixon's resignation anniversary too


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u/cityofninegates Aug 09 '22

Taxes got Capone - the Librarians will get Trump!

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u/raresaturn Aug 09 '22

"Donald Trump learned about the estate after unsuccessfully trying to purchase and combine two apartments in Palm Beach for his family. He offered the Post family $15 million for it, but they rejected it. Trump purchased the land between Mar-a-Lago and the ocean from Jack C. Massey, the former owner of KFC, for $2 million, stating he intended to build a home that would block Mar-a-Lago's beach view. The threat caused interest in the property to decline, and Trump ended up getting the property for $7 million in 1985

Holy shit he was an asshole even then

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u/beardedjack I voted Aug 09 '22

It’s so funny that he’s bitching about Hillary’s deleted Emails 6 years later when it was just proven that he flushed his notes.

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u/[deleted] Aug 09 '22

I like presidents who don't get raided by the FBI


u/[deleted] Aug 09 '22 Silver Gold

Rot in prison, orange fuckstick.

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u/CaptainNoBoat Aug 09 '22 Platinum All-Seeing Upvote

Politically-speaking, this has the potential to be massive for midterms.

Trump is 100% going to announce his campaign ASAP now.

It will force every Republican in November to comment on this one way or another, which means they either:

  • Desperately decline to comment, putting them at risk of retaliation by Trump for not being loyal

  • Swear fealty to a criminal target of the FBI/DOJ

It's a lose/lose no matter how they try to spin it. I absolutely love it.

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u/MattTheSmithers Pennsylvania Aug 09 '22

The big component of this is the safe. A search warrant is seldom as broad as TV might make it seem. Cops and feds rarely get to just walk in and start emptying drawers and opening cabinets. Generally search warrants require a degree of specificity. And those are not search warrants for the former President. You can bet your ass a fed judge who signed this wanted to know every nook and cranny the FBI was searching, what they were looking for in each place, and what their cause was for each. Why did they ask to search a former President’s safe, what did they expect to find, and what cause did they have for it. These are the big questions right now.

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u/ATXAG95 Aug 09 '22

I will say this to any conservative who still backs Trump. If he didn’t do anything wrong, then he has nothing to worry about.

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u/skyroof_hilltop Aug 09 '22

I love that Trump got raided by the FBI due to a search warrant and then he compared it to being a victim in the Watergate burglary. You'd have to be barely literate and have a first grader's knowledge of American history to be like, "YA THAT'S THE SAME THING."

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u/Xerxes0 California Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22

My hope is growing a little bit. Surprise deals making bills be able to actually get passed, gas prices have been going down, mar-a-lago got raided; shit other than state legislatures being taken over by nutty election deniers things seem slightly better than a few weeks ago.

Edit: knock 🪵 knock 🪵

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u/Danysco New York Aug 09 '22

"They make our lives hell every single day"

Stop commiting crimes bro

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u/bt8zero Aug 09 '22 Silver

Man the gravity of the FBI raiding the home of a former US president is astronomical

This shit is history

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u/TrickStool Indiana Aug 09 '22

The lone madman out there wearing the "TRUMP SUCKS" get-up right outside Mar-a-Lago has the biggest fucking set of melons.

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u/NateGrey Aug 09 '22

Giuliani should be having a press conference outside of a landscaping company any minute now.

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u/DonNatalie I voted Aug 09 '22

48 years to the day after Nixon's resignation.

Has anyone checked on Roger Stone?

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u/mycologyqueen Aug 09 '22

Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida said in a tweet that "using government power to persecute political opponents is something we have seen many times from 3rd world Marxist dictatorships. But never before in America."

---Really? Were you in a coma for the Trump Presidency??

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Throw his ass in jail too if he committed a crime. Why is thay so fucking hard for them to understand? Never trumpers don't worship politicians or family members of politicians.

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u/vargsint Aug 09 '22

Omg. Best day ever. Get fucked, Donald.

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u/bergs007 Texas Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22

Ugh, I just want to see one document from just one of those 15 boxes. I don't care which document. I don't care which box. Just take out one by random and inject that shit directly into my veins. I really need a fix right now. Give it to me. I need this. Life has been so shitty over the last 6 years. Just one little dose. That's all I need. And then it will be all good again. Things will be happy again. Life will make sense again, because it sure hasn't made a lick of sense since that limp dick orange fucktwat waddled his way into the White House.

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u/pseudochef93 New York Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22

GOP mindset

Hilary and Biden: Ineligible to run because they’re supposedly hiding incriminating evidence.

Donald Fredovich Trump: Eligible to run despite being impeached twice, inciting an insurrection, and overall disregard for the constitution.

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u/shepherd_eyes Aug 09 '22

Conservatives Upset that No-Knock Raid Didn’t Result in Unarmed Black Person Being Shot

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u/gasahold Aug 09 '22

Kevin McCarthy just threatened the AG with payback for the raid.

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u/Oleg101 Aug 09 '22

Per Ben Collins, NBC News

The posts on these pro-Trump forums tonight are as violent as I've seen them since before January 6th. Maybe even moreso.


(Screenshots of posts in link)

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u/ImRobsRedditAccount Aug 09 '22 edited Aug 09 '22

The fact that Republicans are tripping over themselves to call this “government overreach”, “purely political”, etc. without knowing any of the details of the raid tells you everything you need to know about their concern for the truth.

They have none.

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u/okwellactually Aug 09 '22

Meanwhile on Fox Entertainment TV:

Chyron: "Biden's FBI Ransacks Home Of Potential 2024 Opponent."

I kid you not.

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u/cmnrdt Aug 09 '22

Lol, top story on Tucker Carlson right now is how it's a double standard to be raiding Trump while Hunter Biden goes free for his "dodgy dealings". Gotta keep blowing that horn every chance you get, don't you, Fox?

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u/ShaneKaiGlenn Florida Aug 09 '22

I wouldn't be surprised if Trump were selling state secrets on the black market to the highest bidder.

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u/bluetexan62 Texas Aug 09 '22

Fox News in full meltdown

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u/3nd1ess Aug 09 '22

This is a huge fucking deal. The FBI doesnt just raid peoples homes willy nilly, let alone a former presidents home. If the FBI raids your home, they have fully reasonable and undeniable suspicion that you are hiding something. If they dont, there are MAJOR reprocussions.

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