It goes without saying that the Biden FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home has sent earthquake-like shockwaves through the right, with many including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Marco Rubio, and GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy ripping senior officials like DOJ Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray, and declaring the United States a “banana republic.”
But though some Democrats were gleeful over the news of what is unmistakably a politically motivated raid designed in part to try and knock Trump out of contention for 2024 should he decide to run, Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) had some rather interesting reactions to what went down at Trump’s Florida estate.
Appearing on Rachel Maddow’s program on MSNBC Monday night, Schumer was repeatedly pressed early on about what happened and what his thoughts were. He appeared visibly uncomfortable at times, uncharacteristically refusing to comment and saying to do so right now would be “premature” because “none of us know the facts”:
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) August 9, 2022
But later, Schumer in some ways gave the game away, suggesting Republicans are “gonna pay a price for this in the election” and noting he believed Democrats should use the raid “as an issue” in the coming months, stating without any obvious sense of irony or self-awareness whatsoever considering the circumstances that “the rule of law and the protection of democracy is a key issue here, and we better watch out if we give Republicans power in either the House or the Senate.”
CHUCK SCHUMER on the FBI raiding President Trump's home: “The rule of the law, the protection of democracy is a key issue here.” pic.twitter.com/LbFVKJEf6v
— Kyle Martinsen (@KyleMartinsen_) August 9, 2022
What Schumer left out, of course, was that Democrats are indeed terrified that Republicans are going to take back the House and Senate come fall not just because they’re worried their “woke” domestic agenda will get derailed but also because they are deeply concerned that Republicans will finally hold intelligence agencies accountable and in a very public and embarrassing way for how they’ve worked in concert with powerful Democratic figures to weaponize their agencies into political revenge operations, especially over the last six years or so.
As far as Schumer’s refusal to comment on the actual raid itself, it was especially odd considering he predicted it to some extent with a smirk on his face back in 2017 shortly before Trump took office:
“You take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you, so even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this,” Schumer said to Rachel Maddow while speaking on MSNBC.
“What do you think the intelligence community would do if they were motivated to?” Maddow asked.
“I don’t know,” Schumer said. “But from what I am told, they are very upset with how he has treated them and talked about them. And we need the intelligence community. Look at the Russian hacking. Without the intelligence community we wouldn’t have discovered it.”
In early 2017, Chuck Schumer accidentally admitted to Rachel Maddow that a powerful Deep State runs DC, warning Trump that the CIA would destroy him if he defied them. Yet media servants insisted no such thing exists. Watch:
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 1, 2021
Make no mistake about it: Chuck Schumer knows exactly what’s really going on here. He knows.