Marco Rubio says FBI sowing more discord than Russia after Donald Trump raid

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The Senator claims actions by the FBI and Putin will 'foment' political division.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio continues to ramp up his rhetoric in the wake of Monday’s FBI search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago compound.

In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray sent Wednesday, the second-term Senator charged that when it comes to eroding public trust, the federal law enforcement arm is even worse than one of America’s biggest geopolitical rivals.

“The FBI’s actions, less than three months from the upcoming elections, are doing more to erode public trust in our government institutions, the electoral process, and the rule of law in the U.S. than the Russian Federation or any other foreign adversary,” Rubio wrote.

“These values represent the very core of what the United States stands for, and what the FBI is mandated to protect. Yet the FBI raid sows the same division — and exacerbates the same loss of confidence in the U.S. political process — that adversaries like Vladimir Putin go to great lengths to foment.”

Rubio’s letter concedes the central point of the search Monday was predicated on the former President’s unauthorized retention of classified documents, but after admitting there was a legitimate reason for the search, the Senator quickly returned to the emotional appeal.

“No one is above the law, but every American also deserves equal justice under it. The FBI appears to have taken steps related to President Trump that it has never taken with any other former President,” Rubio argued, even though no other former President took Trump’s approach to post-presidential records.

“All Americans deserve the right to know why the FBI raided President Trump’s residence, but the law requires that you inform, at a minimum, the leadership of the congressional intelligence committees regarding such activities if the purpose of the raid was related to an investigation regarding the unauthorized disclosure of classified information with intelligence equities,” Rubio urged, wondering why he first learned of the raid “via the media.”

The first reportage of the Mar-a-Lago raid came from the Twitter account of Florida Politics publisher Peter Schorsch. Since that news broke Monday, Rubio has offered a series of shrill warnings about what the search of Trump’s properties means.

“The next step in this process is going to be that people who are supporters of Donald Trump or just conservatives complaining about this are going to begin to get harassed, are going to begin to get labeled as potential insurrectionists and are going to begin to get harassed by law enforcement,” Rubio said Tuesday night on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program.

Rubio has also released a number of Twitter videos offering similarly dire warnings.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


15 comments

  • SteveHC

    August 10, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Rubio has been in the process of transforming himself into a Trump/DeSantis-styled blowhard for a while now. Best to stop giving him the reward of free publicity for doing so.

  • Bill

    August 10, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    “but despite admitting there was a legitimate reason for the search, the Senator quickly returned to the emotional appeal.

    “No one is above the law, but every American also deserves equal justice under it. The FBI appears to have taken steps related to President Trump that it has never taken with any other former President,”

    Maybe trump is the first former president / criminal we’ve had in the WH and the feds are just doing their job. Who would have thunked it?

    • Hardly

      August 12, 2022 at 6:26 am

      With regards to the corruption at Presidential levels, clearly you have forgotten the Clinton crime family.

  • marylou

    August 10, 2022 at 3:34 pm

    Marco, the question is: Why is Trump refusing to release the warrant? The charges under which it was approved, and a list of each item taken by the FBI, is there on Trump’s copy. DOJ can’t comment on a criminal case under investigation. It would be considered prejudicial. Ask Trump, Marco. He alone can fix it…LOL

  • Joe Corsin

    August 10, 2022 at 3:52 pm

    Pffft. Trump’s stupidity and criminal behavior has sown more discord than Russia. How you gonna blame law enforcement and judges for this BOOBIO. For Christ sakes vote BLUE!!!

  • PeterH

    August 10, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    Vote Republicans out of office!

  • Ocean Joe

    August 10, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    While the FBI was at it, I hope they rescued Marco’s spine from that safe and gave it back to him…but so far, no evidence supports that.

  • ScienceBLVR

    August 10, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    Oh come on, Marco…So much “pearl clutching” for this merry band of Republican snowflakes. It’s almost too much to bear! Trump has always been a cheater and a criminal, as a business man, a husband, a president, a human. Boy, ain’t it fun when those chickens finally come home to roost..

  • Chas

    August 10, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    What an unfortunate anti American, anti law enforcement sentiment for Mr Rubio to express. he is a US Senator. One thing good that has happened as a result of this, is you get to see people that have walked the fence line, Like Lisa Murkowsi, show their true colors. They are not for the United States and law and order. They are for subservience’s to a poor billionaire that screams victim every time his hand gets caught in the cookie jar.

    I thought it was a fluke that Trump supporters beat cops Jan 6th just because he did not get a participation trophy when he lost

    was trounced badly in the election. It was no fluke. These MAGA’s hate law and order. .. I guess ‘Lock em up’ is all fun and games until someone gets hurt.

    The DOJ is REPUBLICAN led.. The FBI is REPUBLICAN led..

    The MAGA’s have turned into the very people they warned us about.

    Head of DOJ, Republican.
    Judge, Trump appointee
    Head of FBI, Republican Trump appointee.

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  • rosa

    August 11, 2022 at 7:36 am

    Look in the mirror, Little Marco. Talk about sowing discord! Little Marco, did you forget how Tramp publicly questioned your manhood? Little Marco. Hahaha. As for me, I’m sending Val a big check. She put her life on the line to protect people. You, Little Marco, don’t even show up to vote in the Senate. Too busy shooting off your mouth on Fix Entertainment TV, or kissing Donald’s ass, I suppose. Little, little Marco, pathetic anti-American STFU already!

  • Tjb

    August 11, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    Why is Marco Rubio attacking and degrading a law enforcement agency? Is he one of the republicans looking to defund law enforcement agencies?

  • PeterH

    August 11, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Posting on trump media by today’s Ohio FBI shooter:

    “People, this is it,” the message reads. “Leave work tomorrow as soon as the gun shop/Army-Navy store/pawn shop opens, get whatever you need to be ready for combat. We must not tolerate this one. They have been conditioning us to accept tyranny and think we can’t do anything for 2 years. This time we must respond with force.”

    This is Rubio, Scott, DeSantis and Moody’s fault. They delivered the stupid message……they could have simply loaded the gun.

  • Lois Santillo

    August 12, 2022 at 9:22 am

    How are you feeling this morning Marco. Now we know you are a lowlife ready to defend treason. Still want to defund the FBI.

  • James R. Miles

    August 24, 2022 at 8:06 am

    Listen, you stupid a$$ Rubio, Republicans are NOT above the law, despite your thinking that they are! Trump stole documents that he had NO business having! He should go to jail!

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