CNN’s David Axelrod said the political implications of the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump are “huge” while speaking Monday on CNN.
CNN’s John Bermann asked Axelrod “what are the political possible perils?” of the FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.
“Huge. I mean, this has never been done before in the history of this country, and so the idea that they would raid the home of a former president and search the home of a former president is obviously as big stakes as you can have. And, you know, Merrick Garland is a notoriously cautious person. He would not have authorized it unless they believed they had significant evidence that a crime had been committed, and a federal judge wouldn’t have signed off on it, they were aware of the stakes as well.”
Axelrod said Attorney General Merrick Garland “understands … he has crossed a rubicon here.” (RELATED: Dan Bongino Goes Ballistic, Calls Trump Raid ‘Third World Bullshit’ Live On Fox News)
“If you are going to prosecute a former president of the United States, you’d better be pretty darn sure that you have an open-and-shut case. And I’m sure that a lot of discussion among prosecutors took place. I do agree, I would be stunned if anybody in the White House, including the president, knew. I mean, think of all the criticism that the president laid against Donald Trump for his intervening and trying to shape what the Department of Justice did.”
Trump said Monday his home was being raided, though it remains unclear why the residence was raided. The Department of Justice is investigating the possible mishandling of documents after 15 boxes of White House documents ended up at Mar-a-Lago. The Washington Post said some of the documents were classified.
Trump called the raid “prosecutorial misconduct” and said the attack was political to ensure he won’t run in 2024.