With the FBI raid on Donald Trump’s home Monday, America crossed the Rubicon. American history is full of bitter rivalries and even hatreds between individuals and groups, but never before has one faction used the agencies of the U.S. government to hound, persecute, discredit, and destroy the other. On Tuesday morning, however, numerous patriots were expressing hope: Twitter is full of people saying things on the order of “This assures Trump’s nomination” and even “This assures Trump’s victory in 2024.”
But we have just received new evidence that a principal law enforcement arm of the United States government is deeply corrupt and thoroughly politicized, and apparently willing to do anything to find some crime to pin on Donald Trump so as to prevent him from ever becoming again. We have already seen this agency deeply involved in efforts to frame Trump as colluding with Russia. It’s entirely possible and even likely that we will soon see Trump indicted and even imprisoned. In light of all that, how can anyone be confident that there will even be a free and fair 2024 election?
Consider, by way of contrast, the fact that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) recently announced that “highly credible” whistleblowers had given him information about FBI efforts to make the Hunter Biden scandal go away. Grassley wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland on July 25 that “the information provided to my office involves concerns about the FBI’s receipt and use of derogatory information relating to Hunter Biden, and the FBI’s false portrayal of acquired evidence as disinformation. The volume and consistency of these allegations substantiate their credibility and necessitate this letter.”
Will anyone hail me as a prognosticator of extraordinary powers when I predict, correctly, that in response to this letter, Wray and Garland will do absolutely nothing, except possibly to cover their tracks more effectively? No, because anyone who has been paying attention can see that.
And Hunter Biden isn’t even close to being the first sign of this institutional corruption. Garland even sicced the FBI on parents protesting at school board meetings over the imposition of the woke agenda in public schools. When challenged, Garland insisted that this was all on the up-and-up: “Parents have been complaining about the education of their children and about school boards since there were such things as school boards and public education. This is totally protected by the First Amendment. True threats of violence are not protected by the First Amendment. Those are the things we are worried about here. Those are the only things we are worried about here. We are not investigating peaceful protests or parent involvement in school board meetings. There is no precedent for doing that and we would never do that. We are only concerned about violence and threats of violence against school administrators, teachers, staff.”
That sounds reasonable, but PJ Media’s Megan Fox did a deep dive into the supposed “threats” that school board members had allegedly received that justified FBI intervention and came up empty. Fox concluded, “There isn’t one legitimate threat on the NSBA’s list or a situation that wasn’t handled easily by the police.” The NSBA is the National School Boards Association, which appealed to the FBI for help, with Wray’s corrupt Bureau only too happy to oblige.
This is the same FBI that consistently denies the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat, and lied outright about the jihadi who stormed the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, and took hostages in January 2022, demanding the release of convicted jihad terrorist Aafia Siddiqui. FBI Special Agent in Charge Matt DeSarno said: “We do believe from our engagement with this subject that he was singularly focused on one issue, uh, and it was not specifically related to the Jewish community, uh, but we’re continuing to work to find motive and, and we will continue on that path.” Several days later, with the evidence overwhelming, the FBI had to admit sheepishly that it was a targeted attack on Jews after all.
FBI and Homeland Security Department officials have often insisted and frequently repeated the claim that “white supremacists” and other “domestic extremists” constitute the foremost terror threat the nation faces. The FBI is currently pursuing no fewer than 2,700 investigations of “domestic extremism,” more than twice the usual number of such investigations. The dramatic increase in investigations suggests, at least in a sane world, a response to a sharply increased threat, but Biden’s handlers have shown no evidence of a massive spike in “white supremacist” terrorism. It’s just something we’re supposed to take their word for. Timothy Langan, the assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, in November 2021 presented it to Congress as axiomatic: “It goes without saying that the threat from domestic terrorism is heightened and has significantly increased in the last 18 months.”
Does it really? Or is that just what the feds would have us believe as the January 6 Committee continues its efforts to stigmatize legitimate political opposition as terrorism? Even the far-Left Daily Beast reported as far back as April 2021 that “the FBI, without any court order, sifted through the National Security Agency’s massive troves of foreign communications for information on American ‘racially motivated violent extremists,’ a newly declassified order from the secret surveillance court details.”
The Trump raid, the Russian collusion hoax, the ignoring of the crimes of Hunter Biden and Hillary Clinton, and so very much more: the FBI has become a cancer on the American body politic. If America is really going to shake off this rogue regime and return to sanity and be a genuine republic in 2024, the FBI must go.
Trump announced on Monday, “These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents. Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before. After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate.”
That was understated. For the lesson of the Trump raid is clear: in America today, in the corrupt kleptocracy of Joe Biden, you have to have the right opinions. Then all doors will open for you and you can even break laws with impunity, and have no fear of prosecution. But if you dare to dissent from the opinions of the elites, prepare to be hounded by the new super-IRS and the weaponized FBI, and you’ll face raids, prison, and who knows what else is coming.
All this will be fixed in 2024, you say? Not unless the FBI is fixed first.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 25 books including many bestsellers, such as The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), The Truth About Muhammad and The History of Jihad. His latest book is The Critical Qur’an. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.