Lindsey Graham warns of ‘riots in the streets’ if Trump is prosecuted

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sen. Lindsey O. Graham said Sunday there would be “riots in the streets” if former President Donald Trump is prosecuted for taking classified government documents to his private residence in Mar-a-Lago after he left the White House.

Graham (RS.C.) twice made a “riot in the street” remark during an appearance on Fox News’s “Sunday Night in America” ​​when he launched wider commentary against what he saw as a two-tier justice system opposed to the law. former chairman.

“There is a double standard when it comes to Trump,” Graham said, contrasting the FBI’s search for Mar-a-Lago with the agency’s investigation of its political rivals, including Hillary Clinton for her use of a private e-mail server while she was a secretary. of the state, and President Biden’s son Hunter. (Hunter Biden is under investigation for tax liabilities, although Graham and other Republicans regularly say the FBI should investigate his foreign business dealings.)

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“And I will say this: If there is a prosecution of Donald Trump for mishandling classified information after the Clinton debacle… there will be riots in the streets,” Graham said.

On Monday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre criticized such “dangerous” comments about violence from “extreme Republicans,” though she did not mention Graham by name.

Graham’s comments drew reprimands from critics who cited Graham’s comments “irresponsible” and “shameful”.

In response to a question from The Washington Post, Graham spokesman Kevin Bishop described the senator’s comments as “predicting/predicting what he thinks will happen.”

Takeaways from the redacted affidavit used for the search in Mar-a-Lago

Richard Haass, chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, an impartial think tank, reprimanded Graham for his comments on Twitter.

“[Graham’s] The prediction that violence could follow a persecution of the former Potus should not legally qualify as incitement, but it is irresponsible nonetheless as it will be seen by some as a call to violence,” he wrote. “Government officials are required to call for the rule of law.”

Others viewed the senator’s words as more of a threat than a forecast. Former Congressman Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), a tea-party supporter who became a regular Trump critic, called Graham “shameful” and a “coward,” writes on Twitter that “threats of violence should NEVER stop the pursuit of justice. NEVER.”

Trumpworld treads a line between predicting violence and threatening it

Meanwhile, Trump tacitly endorsed Graham’s message, posting the Fox News interview without comment on his Truth Social platform late Sunday.

Threats Against the FBI Have Increased Since Agents searched Trump’s vault at his South Florida resort. The search resulted in officers recovering a trove of documents, many of which had “one of the most sensitive secrets we have,” people involved in the search told The Post.

The search warrant authorizing the search of former President Donald Trump said officers were looking for documents that violated the Espionage Act. (Video: Adriana Usero/The Washington Post)

The FBI investigation is the latest legal push against Trump, who is now under increasing scrutiny as the criminal investigation intensifies. The investigation is investigating whether he or his former associates took secret government documents and did not keep them properly or never returned them. Trump’s attorney has argued that the former president was cooperating with federal authorities and that many of the documents were subject to administrative law.

In response, Republicans have accused the agency, without evidence, of conducting a political vendetta against Trump on Biden’s orders.

What Could the Search for Mar-a-Lago Mean Legally for Trump?

Larry Cosme, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, told The Post this month that online posts have advocated killing FBI agents, and that overheated rhetoric from conservatives has warned that federal officials are “coming for you.”

Days after a document search in Mar-a-Lago, Navy veteran Ricky Shiffer was shot and killed following a police chase and standoff in Ohio, where he had attempted to breach an FBI field office. Authorities investigating the case are trying to figure out Shiffer’s motive; his name was used on several social media platforms, including Truth Social, which pushed for a “call to arms” after the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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