Former President Donald Trump shared a link on social media Wednesday for an opinion article detailing his potential methods of payback following the FBI’s raid at Mar-a-Lago.
The article was written by columnist Kimberley Strassel, and it appeared in The Wall Street Journal last week.
Strassel wrote despite coverage from the establishment media suggesting the raid was nothing out of the ordinary, the raid was unprecedented in the United States.
“In descending on Mar-a-Lago, the department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation shifted the U.S. into the category of countries whose ruling parties use government power to investigate political rivals,” she wrote.
“No attorney general has ever signed off on a raid on a former president’s home, in what could be the groundwork for criminal charges.”
Strassel wrote the Department of Justice had strict guidelines when it came to “politically ‘sensitive’ investigations,” especially those involving a former president who remains a potential contender for future office.
She felt Attorney General Merrick Garland essentially ignored the complexity of the situation and implored Americans to trust the FBI despite its previous missteps in regard to Trump.
Strassel clearly expressed her belief that this was the wrong decision from Garland, and she went on to detail multiple ways Trump could get “payback.” First and foremost, she said Trump could use the raid as campaign material for a 2024 presidential run.
“If anything, a perceived political persecution of Mr. Trump could help him to a second term,” Strassel wrote. “And he would be even more unrestrained as the 47th president than he was as the 45th.”
If he were to gain power, Trump would then be able to use the precedent said by the Mar-a-Lago raid to investigate and even conduct raids against prominent Democrats.
“Mr. Garland’s raid has made even the highest political figures fair prosecutorial game, and the media’s new standard is that the department can’t be questioned as it goes about ensuring ‘no one is above the law,’” Strassel wrote.