Mo Brooks won’t rule out Donald Trump committed crimes, says FBI needs to explain reason for Mar-a-Lago search - AL.com

on al.com 04:08Aug, 10, 2022
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Ardent Donald Trump supporter Mo Brooks did not give a full-throated defense of the former president following the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago, suggesting it was possible Trump committed crimes that led to the unprecedented operation.

“I didn’t have a strong reaction one way or the other because I don’t have enough information to know who’s right and who’s wrong,” the congressman told FM Talk 1065 host Jeff Poor on his eponymous radio show Tuesday. “It could be that the crimes were committed by Donald Trump or by the FBI or by the people who gave the FBI information, which could be bad, or by the federal judge who issued a warrant in violation of the Fourth Amendment right against improper search and seizures. So, we really need more time to find out what the true facts are to determine who is the guilty party in this affair. But certainly, it is troublesome what has happened. And the FBI better be right, and if they’re not, then heads ought to roll.”

Brooks said President Joe Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland and the FBI need to hold a news conference explaining the justification for the search of Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago.

“Ultimately, the president of the United States is responsible for the quality of justice we get. The longer the Justice Department, the attorney general and the president of the United States are mum about this issue, the more this bad impression of the Justice Department and the FBI is going to fester, and that’s wrong,” he said.

The congressman from Huntsville, who lost the Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate to Katie Britt in June after Trump rescinded his early endorsement of Brooks, said the reasoning for searching Mar-a-Lago needs to be “strong and compelling ... or else America has treaded into very dangerous waters.”

Brooks claimed conservatives are treated differently by federal authorities than “liberals and socialists.”

“The starkest contrast is the way things have been conducted concerning Jan. 6 versus how things were conducted the previous summer with Black Lives Matter and Antifa. Both groups engaged in violence. Both groups engaged in attacks of some sort or another on the federal government, but only one group has held accountable to the maximum that’s allowed by the law, and that’s the conservatives who wrongly attacked the Capitol on Jan 6,” he said.

If a Republican is elected president in 2024, Brooks said, investigations should be conducted to determine whether federal authorities were tougher on one side of the political spectrum, and that Justice Department officials should be fired and/or prosecuted if improprieties are uncovered.

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