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Republicans Respond with Fury to FBI’s Raid of Trump’s Home: ‘We Must Destroy’ the Bureau

By Steve Neavling

Law-and-order Republicans lashed out at the FBI for raiding former President Trump’s house in Florida, with some suggesting the bureau should be defunded.

Without citing evidence, Republicans insisted the raid was political retaliation. 

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., called the raid a “brazen weaponization of the FBI by Biden’s DOJ against his political opponent.”  

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, demanded testimony from FBI Director Chris Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland before the House judiciary Committee on Friday. 

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., went further. 

“The GOP majority must defund all forms of tyranny throughout Biden’s government,” Boebert wrote on Twitter, before adding, “Weaponizing the FBI to raid President Trump’s home makes Watergate look like nothing.”

Not to be outdone, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., tweeted, “We must destroy the FBI. We must save America.”

U.S. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy pledged to retaliate against Garland and the Justice Department. 

“When Republicans take back the House, we will conduct immediate oversight of this department, follow the facts, and leave no stone unturned,” he tweeted. “Attorney General Garland, preserve your documents and clear your calendar.” 

 The impetus for Monday’s raid appears to be boxes of White House documents that Trump took after he left office.

The FBI and Justice Department have not commented on the raid. 

In other words, Republicans are making the comments without knowing whether the FBI and Justice Department had adequate justification to conduct the raid. 

This doesn’t sound like the party of law and order.

FBI Seized 18 Devices in Raid of Giuliani’s Apartment, Office

Rudy Giuliani

By Steve Neavling

Federal investigators seized 18 electronic devices when they raided former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s apartment and office in April, according to newly unsealed court documents.

The FBI also took email and iCloud data from Giuliani and lawyer Victoria Toensing, whose apartment also was raided, The Independent reports.

FBI agents executed a search warrant at the New York City apartment and office of Giuliani, who has been under investigation for his dealings in Ukraine, where he had sought damaging information about President Biden. 

The raid was part of a “covert warrant.”

Prosecutors unveiled the new information while asking for the appointment of a “special master” to determine what is protected by attorney-client privilege. 

FBI Raids Home, Offices of Illinois State Senator Sandoval

State Sen. Martin Sandoval.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

FBI agents raided the home and offices of Illinois state Sen. Martin Sandoval as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

Agents in suits were spotted removing evidence from the state capitol building, Sandoval’s political office in Cicero and his home in Chicago.

The FBI is investigating whether Sandoval received kickbacks for using his political office to steer business to at least one company, The Chicago Tribune reports.

It’s just the latest FBI investigation involving public officials in Chicago and Illinois.

In November, the FBI raided the City Hall office of Ald. Edward M. Burke, who since has been indicted on racketeering charges.

FBI: Ohio Teen Who Threatened Federal Agents Had 10,000 Rounds of Ammo in His House

Justin Olsen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An 18-year-old Ohio man who went by the name “ArmyOfChrist” was arrested by the FBI for allegedly making online threats against federal law enforcement and Planned Parenthood.

Agents found about 10,000 rounds of ammunition, assault-style weapons and shotguns, according to an FBI affidavit.

The FBI began investigating Justin Olsen after discovering his iFunny account. In June, “ArmyOfChrist” posted, “shoot every federal agent on sight.”

The investigation was “based upon the observation by FBI Anchorage into multiple Internet postings in which ArmyOfChrist discussed supporting mass shootings, and assault and/or targeting of Planned Parenthood,” according to the affidavit.

In another post, he allegedly wrote, “Don’t comply with gun laws, stock up on stuff they could ban. In fact, go out of your way to break these laws.”

Olson was charged Monday with one count of threatening to assault a federal law enforcement officer.

Olson insisted during interviews with federal authorities that he had no violent intentions and was being “hyperbolic.”

ICE Raids in Mississippi Were Largest Single-State Sweep in U.S. History

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

ICE arrested about 680 people during raids of seven food processing plants across Mississippi on Wednesday in what officials described as the largest single-state sweep in U.S. history.

The raids were the result of an ongoing, year-long investigation targeting immigrants working without authorization, ICE said in a news release.

During the raids, more than 600 ICE agents were involved, fanning out to prevent workers from escaping.

“While we are a nation of immigrants, more than that, first and foremost, we are a nation of laws,” U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst of the Southern District of Mississippi told NBC News. “They have to come here legally or they shouldn’t come here at all.”

Most of those arrested were Latinos.

FBI Raids City Hall, Homes of Baltimore Mayor in Kickback Investigation

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Federal agents raided Baltimore City Hall and two homes owned by Mayor Catherine Pugh as part of an investigation involving the mayor’s self-published children’s books.

The FBI and IRS executed additional search warrants Thursday, targeting her attorney, a former mayoral aide and the Maryland Center for Adult Training, a nonprofit job training program that the mayor once led, the Associated Press reports.

Investigators are trying to determine whether Pugh received kickbacks from her books using bulk sales.

Hours after the raid, Gov. Larry Hogan and other elected officials called for Pugh to immediately resign.

“Mayor Pugh has lost the public trust. She is clearly not fit to lead,” Hogan declared in a statement. “For the good of the city, Mayor Pugh must resign.”

FBI Raids Home of Atlantic City Mayor Gilliam, Removing Computer, Boxes

Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Federal agents on Monday raided the home of Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam, removing a computer, printer and white cardboard boxes.

The FBI was tight-lipped about the search.

“We are here in an official capacity, executing a search warrant. That’s all we can say,” FBI Agent Jessica Weisman told the Morning Call.

The IRS also was at the home.

Gilliam declined to answer questions from the media.

Oops! DEA Raids Wrong House in Tennessee

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The DEA has apologized after raiding the wrong home in Cleveland, Tenn.

The task force was looking for a murder suspect but barged into the wrong home instead.