Marco Rubio says FBI sowing more discord than Russia after Donald Trump raid

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio continues to ramp up his rhetoric in the wake of Monday’s FBI search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago compound.

In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray sent Wednesday, the second-term Senator charged that when it comes to eroding public trust, the federal law enforcement arm is even worse than one of America’s biggest geopolitical rivals.

“The FBI’s actions, less than three months from the upcoming elections, are doing more to erode public trust in our government institutions, the electoral process, and the rule of law in the U.S. than the Russian Federation or any other foreign adversary,” Rubio wrote.

“These values represent the very core of what the United States stands for, and what the FBI is mandated to protect. Yet the FBI raid sows the same division — and exacerbates the same loss of confidence in the U.S. political process — that adversaries like Vladimir Putin go to great lengths to foment.”

Rubio’s letter concedes the central point of the search Monday was predicated on the former President’s unauthorized retention of classified documents, but after admitting there was a legitimate reason for the search, the Senator quickly returned to the emotional appeal.

“No one is above the law, but every American also deserves equal justice under it. The FBI appears to have taken steps related to President Trump that it has never taken with any other former President,” Rubio argued, even though no other former President took Trump’s approach to post-presidential records.

“All Americans deserve the right to know why the FBI raided President Trump’s residence, but the law requires that you inform, at a minimum, the leadership of the congressional intelligence committees regarding such activities if the purpose of the raid was related to an investigation regarding the unauthorized disclosure of classified information with intelligence equities,” Rubio urged, wondering why he first learned of the raid “via the media.”

The first reportage of the Mar-a-Lago raid came from the Twitter account of Florida Politics publisher Peter Schorsch. Since that news broke Monday, Rubio has offered a series of shrill warnings about what the search of Trump’s properties means.

“The next step in this process is going to be that people who are supporters of Donald Trump or just conservatives complaining about this are going to begin to get harassed, are going to begin to get labeled as potential insurrectionists and are going to begin to get harassed by law enforcement,” Rubio said Tuesday night on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program.

Rubio has also released a number of Twitter videos offering similarly dire warnings.

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