A first step towards a trial for some, “political persecution” for others: the spectacular search of Donald Trump's home by the FBI on Tuesday shed new light on America's deep fractures, as the former president ostensibly flirts with a new candidacy.
Never a former White House tenant had been worried by justice in this way.
Does the federal police search have to do with the many boxes that Donald Trump took with him when he left the White House in January 2021? Is it related to the investigation into his responsibility in the assault on the Capitol? Does it rather concern the suspicions of financial fraud against the Trump Organization in New York?
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Contacted by AFP, the FBI n did not wish to comment.
Donald Trump, who claims his innocence in each of these cases and claims to be the subject of a witch hunt, strongly denounced the police search federal, which he did not attend, in a press release.
“Our nation is living through dark days,” he blasted, assuring that “this unannounced search of my home was neither necessary nor appropriate.”
“No one is above laws (…) not even a former president”, retorted Tuesday on NBC the Democratic president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi – who, like most of the other tenors of her camp, has been calling for years that the ex-real estate magnate is accountable.
This judicial escalation seems to have at the same time cemented Donald Trump's hold on the Republican Party, which has united around the former businessman – to the point of setting him up as a martyr.
As soon as the search was announced, a group of Donald Trump supporters went to the luxurious residence of the former businessman to shout their anger.
Several of them were waving “Biden is not my president” flags, yet another reminder that more than a year and a half after Donald Trump was defeated in the election, tens of millions of Americans remain firmly convinced that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from him.
On social networks, some Trumpists called purely and simply for “divorce” on Tuesday, in this country with divisions so gaping that they may seem irreconcilable.< /p>
“This is the kind of thing that happens in countries in civil war,” scolded Marjorie Taylor Greene, an elected representative from Georgia known for her excesses, even calling for the dismantling of the FBI. “Political persecution MUST STOP!!!”
Springboard for 2024?
Denouncing an “intolerable instrumentalization for political purposes” of the Ministry of Justice, the leader of the conservatives in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, has promised an investigation into its functioning when the Republicans return to power.
His camp could regain control of Congress in the November legislative elections, which promise to be perilous for Joe Biden's camp.
On conservative favorite channel Fox News, the banners were also very critical of the raid: “The Justice Department's increasingly radical tactics are a danger to the republic”, “Biden's FBI ransacks home of one of his potential opponents for the 2024 election”, it was written.
Donald Trump, who already has a war chest of more than 100 million dollars (an unprecedented amount for a former president) and could declare himself a candidate for a new term at any time, jumped at the chance to launch an appeal for the generosity of his supporters.
“It wasn't just my home that was attacked – it was the home of every patriotic American I fought for,” said- he pleaded in an e-mail to his activists, suggesting a donation of 5 to 5000 dollars to fight a “witch hunt”.
Former Vice President Pence denounces the FBI raid at Trump
Donald Trump's ex-right-hand man, Mike Pence, denounced Tuesday the search by the FBI of the home of the former American president, to whom he could be opposed in 2024 to run for the Republican presidential nomination.
“I share the deep concern of millions of Americans following the unprecedented search of President Trump's private residence,” tweeted Mike Pence.
Monday evening, Donald Trump announced in a press release that his luxurious Florida home had been “searched and occupied by numerous agents” of the federal police. Contacted by AFP, the FBI did not wish to comment.
The conservatives were unanimous in denouncing a “political persecution”. Mike Pence, whose reaction was later, assured Tuesday that “yesterday's actions undermine (have) the public's confidence in our judicial system”.
“After years during which he been found that FBI agents acted on the basis of political motivations during our administration, the impression of bias given by the Department of Justice must be remedied”, criticized the man who for four years was the vice-president of Donald Trump.
The pair have distanced themselves since Mike Pence refused to oppose certification of Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 election, despite Donald Trump's pleas, who claims that the ballot was “stolen” from him.
Both are now expected to run for the 2024 US presidential election.
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7128