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Michael Novakhov - In My Opinion

Releasing affidavit may be only way to save FBI reputation



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If we believed the malpractice mainstream media two years ago, we should have seen four men go to prison for the plan to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

These four men were part of the Wolverine Watchmen, a militia-style group who were not happy with Whitmer’s heavy-handed restrictions during the COVID scare.

But when a jury heard the case earlier this year, it became apparent that an FBI informant was trying to convince the men to carry out the attack, and two of the men were found not guilty while a mistrial was declared on two others.

Clearly, this was not the open-and-shut case the media had told us it was, and clearly the FBI informant was not playing by the rules in trying to convince these men to break the law.

Combine that with FBI agent Peter Strzock who sent a text to FBI lawyer Lisa Page that they would “stop” Trump from becoming president, and if he somehow he became president there as an “insurance policy” that would cripple Trump’s presidency.

While the FBI plays a crucial role in law enforcement, actions like these also show another side of the agency, one that is less noble and more targeted, and in almost every case their target is a conservative.

After the raid on Mar-a-Lago, a resort owned by Trump and Trump’s Florida home, conducted by 30 armed FBI agents, it comes as no surprise that the population is questioning the actions. It’s not against these particular agents. They were simply doing what they were ordered to do.

The outrage is targeted at those who give the orders and whether those orders are politically motivated or legitimate legal actions.

When former FBI agents make derogatory statements about one political party, and agents are planted in groups to try to encourage illegal behavior, it brings into question the entire organization.

Today, a court will be hearing whether or not the affidavit that led to the raid on Trump’s home will be released, and while the Department of Justice is fighting to prevent its release, that same resistance might be what is scaring many Americans.

Without explanation agents can get a sympathetic judge to allow the pillaging of any home in the nation, looking for God knows what. 

In the United States, investigations follow criminal actions in an effort to find the person responsible, they do not find an individual they don’t like and try to find a crime.

The FBI and the DOJ have more to lose than Trump does by sealing the affidavit, even if it shows weak grounds for performing the raid. 

While the DOJ contends the affidavit release would harm their ongoing investigation, how could that be since the raid already took place and the DOJ is in possession of 20 boxes of material. Whatever the affidavit contends, the evidence they wanted is supposed to be in those boxes, which has already been viewed by DOJ officials months ago.

Letting Trump know what they are attempting to find at this point does less harm than the American people believing the government agencies have been abused for political purposes. The benefit of the doubt no longer exists after a history of abuses.

Another point to consider here is the belief that Trump would have kept something incriminating at his residence. If he is the evil mastermind the left believes him to be, what incriminating documents were they expecting to find lying around in the one place the DOJ has already shown an interest? Even if the left believes Trump isn’t that smart, he is surrounded by the best and brightest.

Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said, “When you strike at a king, you must kill him.” That also applies to striking at your political enemies.

Attorney General Merrick Garland has taken ownership of this raid, and so he has taken the shot at the king. Once the affidavit is released, it had better be able to topple Trump, not only in the eyes of the left, but his crime has to be so egregious that the American people turn on the man who is currently leading most polls as becoming president in 2024.

Just seeking the return of federal documents won’t fly. To have asked the FBI to carry out this raid had better net much more than that to justify such use of force.

Simply put, either Trump goes to prison in disgrace, or Garland resigns. If Trump does not go to prison, and Garland remains, then the FBI will be no different than the Soviet KGB, and only a new president can fix it.