You know what they say — history doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.
And when you consider how this month’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence compares to the Russian collusion probe, it appears the FBI is a master of such verse.
On Friday, the Department of Justice released the heavily redacted affidavit behind the FBI raid of Trump’s Palm Beach home after a federal judge rejected its attempts to keep the document sealed.
As it turns out, the justification for the unprecedented search bears an eerie — though hardly surprising — resemblance to the FBI’s now-notoriously dubious basis for seeking FISA warrants to surveil the 2016 Trump campaign team.
According to John Solomon of Just the News, a longtime Russian collusion hoax hawk, the affidavit appears to have relied on media reports from a local CBS outlet and Breitbart, just as the FISA warrant application relied on reports from Yahoo News.
You may recall that Yahoo, just like federal intelligence agencies pursuing warrants to spy on Trump, was informed by one Christopher Steele, a now-disgraced former British intelligence operative who was hired by the Democratic National Committee to compose “the dossier,” a piece of political opposition research that formed the basis for the DOJ’s Trump-Russia collusion probe.
In the case of the warrant used to search Mar-a-Lago, the FBI cited a January 2021 report from CBS that claimed moving trucks had been seen outside the private resort. (It is unclear why this was remarkable in January 2021, when the former president and first lady were moving from Washington, D.C., to… Mar-a-Lago).
The affidavit also cited a May Breitbart report in which former top Trump official Kash Patel said that the media was being “misleading” about the former president’s possession of allegedly classified documents.
Solomon pointed out that the DOJ’s internal watchdog, when examining the basis for the FISA warrants behind the FBI’s surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, sharply criticized their use of media reports.
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