Trump calls for revolt in FBI over raid on his home

WASHINGTON: Former US President Donald Trump on Tuesday virtually called for a revolt in the FBI over the raid on his home in Florida to retrieve classified White House documents amid warning from a key political ally there would be “rioting in the streets” if he is prosecuted for the matter.
In what critics termed as an incendiary call on his social media platform Truth Social aimed at driving a wedge within the government, Trump suggested FBI agents who disagreed with the raid go “nuts” and “make America great again.”
“When are the great Agents, and others, in the FBI going to say ‘we aren’t going to take it anymore,’ much as they did when James Comey read off a list of all of Crooked Hillary Clinton’s crimes, only to say that no reasonable prosecutor would prosecute.,” Trump said.
“The wonderful people of the FBI went absolutely “nuts,” so Comey had to backtrack and do a FAKE INVESTIGATION in order to keep them at bay,” he continued. “The end result, we won in 2016 (and did MUCH better in 2020!). But now the ‘Left’ has lost their minds!!!”
A little later, he re-upped the message, exhorting, “FBI, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
Trump’s call came hours after US Senator Lindsey Graham, one of his more ardent supporters, said there will be “rioting in the streets” if Trump is prosecuted. Graham later denied his remark constituted incitement or threat.
Trump essayed a similar double edged call against the Biden administration last week, prompting the Washington Post to editorially accuse him of “summoning the mob.”
A Trump lawyer reportedly delivered what it said was a “sinister” message to the Justice Department: “President Trump wants the Attorney General to know that he has been hearing from people all over the country about the raid. If there was one word to describe their mood, it is ‘angry.’ The heat is building up. The pressure is building up. Whatever I can do to take the heat down, to bring the pressure down, just let us know.”
The paper compared Trump’s strategy to the “madman theeory of foreign policy” adopted by Richard Nixon when he directed aides to suggest to his counterparts overseas that they might not be able to control a volatile and reckless president.
“Now, Donald Trump and his defenders are using a version of that gambit to deter the Justice Department from prosecuting the former president, arguing that going after Trump would dangerously incite his already angry followers,” it said.

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