Rick Scott doesn’t know why ‘authoritarian’ Mar-a-Lago raid happened
Rick Scott. Image via AP

Rick scott
'We don't know why they did it.'

The more time that has passed between the FBI search and seizure of classified materials from Donald Trump’s Florida residence, the less Rick Scott knows about it.

That’s the takeaway from comments he made Thursday morning in a national television interview, where the Florida Senator discussed the enforcement action at Mar-a-Lago in context of Hillary Clinton warning about “authoritarianism” in the Republican Party.

“Well, first off, if she wants to talk about authoritarianism, let’s talk about one, the Mar-a-Lago raid,” Scott said. “We don’t know why they did it.”

“We need information,” Scott said, framing the warranted search as “against a former President” and “potential political opponent” of President Joe Biden.

Scott then pivoted to “87,000 more IRS agents” as his second example of so-called authoritarianism.

In the weeks since federal agents searched the Trump compound and retrieved classified materials, Scott has issued a series of statements demanding to know more about why the “unprecedented action” happened. Scott and U.S. Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma formally demanded that the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hold a hearing to parse what actually happened, thus far to no avail.

“Think about this: Where is Biden? Why wouldn’t he demand? He’s going to be a former President someday. Why wouldn’t he sit there and demand transparency,” Scott mused during a friendly interview on the Fox News Channel last month.

More information has emerged, of course, and the selective leaks portray the former President unsympathetically.

The latest reporting from the Washington Post offers more detail on the information secreted away by Trump, including classified documentation of a foreign power’s nuclear capabilities. Previous reporting revealed that Trump took a tranche of classified information with him as well.

Scott isn’t the only Florida Senator essentially crying “fake news” as bombshells fall in the wake of the FBI search. Marco Rubio is also “skeptical” about the information that has been coming out for weeks, saying it’s a way to “influence the narrative.”

“First of all, we really don’t know,” Rubio said. “Let’s go back and understand that all this information is coming from one side and one place. And that is ‘sources with knowledge of the investigation.’”

“Who are the sources with knowledge of the investigation? The FBI and the Justice Department. And they are leaking to the media. So, generally when there is an investigation by the FBI and the Justice Department, they’re not even acknowledging there is an investigation, much less leaking.”

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


  • Elliott Offen

    September 8, 2022 at 11:20 am

    The raid happened because entitled fat ass crook Donald Trump took classified documents to an unsecure location…used boxes of classified information as an end table. This undermines the security of the nation. Fraud Scott..just another GQP dumbass and crook.

  • PeterH

    September 8, 2022 at 11:51 am

    Justice arrives in many shapes and forms. 
    Consider this justice scenario for the Trump Crime Family: after committing extortion, blackmail, obstruction, witness tampering, sexual assault, insurrection and tax evasion; that Trump were to go to jail for not returning library materials on time.

    If Americans want women to control their own bodies, qualified teachers to replace DeSantis’s culture wars in classrooms, intelligent teacher-student conversations concerning the social issues facing Americans in the 21st century, non-bullying discussion about classroom students who are different, common sense gun regulations, and a new honest approach on how best to address climate change……



  • Ray

    September 8, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    Donald Trump was going to sell the documents to the Russians for financial gain. If this is the case he should be tried as a spy. If tried and convicted ,he should have the firing squad!

  • Linda Stowell

    September 9, 2022 at 8:30 am

    Wow, talk about conspiracy nuts, Ray has lost his mind. The President that wants to make America Great again is the furthest thing from a spy. Let’s talk about a sitting President and former Vice President that has a son in the thick of Russian, Ukrainian and Chinese business dealings!!

  • Linda Stowell

    September 9, 2022 at 8:34 am

    Love our Governor, but am all for legalization of Marijuana for Medical AND Recreational use. Many states have done it, it is a great new tax base for Florida. The licensing of growers should be by lottery, so that it is fair for all growers, not just the monied corporations and should be limited to each county equally.

  • TeachNow

    September 9, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    “Scott then pivoted to “87,000 more IRS agents” as his second example of so-called authoritarianism.”

    They’re bookkeepers. 87,000 bookkeepers. More like to carry Whiteout than an AR.

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