The political weaponization of the FBI continued apace on Wednesday after multiple raids were carried out in conjunction with the aftermath of the 2020 election. As RedState reported, things started in Nevada, where the state’s GOP chairman had his phone seized over a so-called “fake electors” scheme.
That kind of sensationalism is meant to obscure the abuse, though. Nothing illegal was even attempted, and the idea of electors voting contrary to state results was pushed heavily by Democrats following the 2016 election.
Of course, everything is always simpler when it’s not sensationalized. So what did this “fake electors” scheme entail? All it entailed was some Republican electors pledging to vote for Donald Trump. As the report notes, that move was purely ceremonial and held no legal weight. No one ever actually tried to pass off any alternate electors to change the outcome of the election, and in the end, Nevada’s electors went to Biden.
In other words, wrong-think, not criminal activity, is now being investigated and used as a pretense for vast federal bureaucracies to punish political opponents. That theme continued with the raid on the home of Jeff Clark, a former Trump-era DOJ official. His grave sin? Wanting to investigate possible voter fraud, and for committing it, he was drug out of his home with no pants on so the FBI could once again show itself to be a partisan clown show.
Clark spoke out on Thursday evening while appearing with Tucker Carlson. What was said was both illuminating and infuriating.
TUCKER: Jeff Clark did not commit any crime.. What he did wrong was calling for an investigation into voter fraud.”@JeffClarkUS joined @TuckerCarlson to discuss his home being raided by Biden Regime armed Federal Agents yesterday for no legitimate reason. pic.twitter.com/1Mu80QC24h
— Alex Bruesewitz (@alexbruesewitz) June 24, 2022
As Carlson points out in his prologue, armed federal agents wearing body armor and carrying heavy weapons came to Clark’s house at dawn. They didn’t do so because he committed a violent crime or was trafficking human beings. In fact, he committed no crime at all. Yet, he was forced out of his home, denied the ability to even put pants on, and then submitted to a forcible search and seizure of his property. “Soviet” is the description offered, and it’s an apt one. This isn’t about “protecting democracy.” It’s about criminalizing the opposition.
Continuing, Clark himself described the scene further, saying there were 12 agents present just to take some electronic devices from someone accused of no crime. They even brought an “electronic sniffing dog.”
And while Clark goes on to say he doesn’t blame the individual agents who swept his house, I’d like to object to that notion. Yes, I blame the leadership at the FBI and DOJ the most, but I absolutely blame the individual agents as well. We are long past the point of believing the rank and file are innocent bystanders in all this. Members of the KGB didn’t get to claim they were just “doing their job,” and when you participate in these kinds of abuses of power, you are culpable. Whistleblower provisions exist and there are other options than just “following orders.”
Regardless, Clark brings up the fact that all this was obviously part of a coordinated scheme. These raids took place just a day after the January 6th committee focused on Clark as some kind of election-stealing maniac. The FBI via the DOJ is taking its cues from a partisan House panel that has provided no evidence whatsoever that he (or anyone else) broke any laws. I’d say it’s unthinkable, but it’s absolutely thinkable in this environment, and that’s how Clark ends the interview, noting that we are “living in an era” he doesn’t recognize, comparing the FBI’s behavior to the Stasi.
These are scary times, where Democrats might be staring at an electoral abyss in November, but they have also succeeded in normalizing the weaponization of the federal government against their political opponents. In that scenario, it’s not the voters who will win out. It’s those with seemingly unlimited power, including the ability to destroy someone’s life based on mere supposition, that will ultimately come out victorious.