Two Fox News contributors got into a shouting match Thursday over the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) treatment of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton compared to former President Donald Trump.
Fox News contributor Jessica Tarlov said the Republicans are “unfit” to regain control of Congress due to their lamenting over the FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on Monday. Contributor Sean Duffy made the case that Trump and Republicans have continuously been targeted, ranging from the Russian collusion investigation to the raiding of the former president’s home.
“To think that Donald Trump is being treated fair, I think Republicans have a long track record to go ‘no, the government and Democrats have not treated him fairly.’ And Jessica says this is about policy. You’re right, it is about policy,” Duffy responded. “Democrats have passed their agenda and their agenda has been horrible for the American people. Americans are getting crushed by the Democrat agenda.”
Tarlov argued the former president stored highly classified information in the 15 boxes in Mar-a-Lago. The National Archives and Records Administration requested for Trump and his associates to hand over the boxes of White House documents, leading them to receive some “classified national security information,” sparking an investigation by the Department of Justice, according to The Wall Street Journal. (RELATED: ‘You Don’t Need To Be Condescending’: CNN Panel On Trump Raid Absolutely Implodes)
“It is breaking the law,” Tarlov said. “It matters.”
“Jessica, hold on a second. He has documents, papers in boxes. The Chinese and the Russians can’t access those boxes of information. But Hillary Clinton’s server is public to the world,” Duffy responded.
“Guess what, she was punished!” Tarlov shouted. “She lost the election.”
“No, she wasn’t punished,” Duffy hit back. “Did they raid her home?”
“They didn’t need to because she cooperated like a normal human being,” Tarlov claimed.
“No, she did not cooperate,” Duffy argued.
The FBI opened two investigations into 30,000 deleted emails from Clinton’s private email server and her handling of classified information when she was Secretary of State. In the first investigation, former FBI Director James Comey declined to recommend that the former Secretary of State be charged in the case. The agency re-opened the case in late October 2016, just 11 days before the election, to determine whether newly discovered emails contained classified information.
Republican, and some Democratic, political figures have condemned the raid and accused the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) of politically weaponizing the investigation into the documents.