Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik claimed Tuesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home could end in Trump’s assassination.
The former president announced Monday evening that his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida had been raided by FBI agents that reportedly executed a search warrant in regards to an investigation into the allegedly improper removal of 15 boxes containing classified information to the residence.
Richard Grenell, the former acting director of National Intelligence under Trump, tweeted shortly after the raid that Biden “has weaponized the U.S. government for his political purposes,” calling it a “terrible precedent.” (RELATED: Trump Says FBI Raided Mar-A-Lago)
Kerik, responding to Grenell’s tweet, claimed, “And just like in other Third World countries, if today’s raid by Biden’s FBI does not stop Donald Trump from running for president in 2024, their next move will be Assassination.”
And just like in other Third World countries, if today’s raid by Biden’s FBI does not stop Donald Trump from running for president in 2024, their next move will be Assassination. https://t.co/lfdmpsgPNR
— Bernard B. Kerik (@BernardKerik) August 9, 2022
While Trump was in office, The New York Times Book Review section ran an article on its online and print edition that featured a novelist fantasizing about the former president’s assassination. The short story, titled “How it Ends” by Zoe Sharp, described a world where a Russian agent successfully assassinated the sitting U.S. President with the help of a Secret Service agent. The short story was featured in an October 2018 article titled, “Five Novelists Imagine Trump’s Next Chapter.”
“He closed his eyes and waited to pay the cost. It did not come. He opened his eyes. The Secret Service agent stood before him, presenting his Glock, butt first. Here, the agent said politely. ‘Use mine,'” Sharp wrote in the piece, according to Fox News. (RELATED: Trump Critics Demand People Stop Using This Word To Describe FBI Search Of Mar-a-Lago)
Honoured to be in @nytimesbooks this week alongside @ScottTurow @JoeFinder @LauraMLippman Jason Matthews. We were asked to write short fiction on what happens next on the US/Russia scene. https://t.co/tW8UVvNn8S
— Zoe Sharp (@authorzoesharp) October 24, 2018
The former commissioner received a full pardon from Trump in February 2020 after being sentenced to 48 months in federal prison for pleading guilty to eight felony charges, including failure to pay taxes. Kerik later served as the lead investigator for Trump’s election legal team that pushed election fraud claims.