May 23, 2024


Rolling Stone - Trump and his MAGA allies are now baselessly attempting to accuse Joe Biden of authorizing the assassination of Trump during the FBI’s 2022 raid of Mar-a-Lago. Documents unsealed Tuesday revealed that more classified material was found at the former president’s Palm Beach estate after the FBI’s August 2022 raid. Republicans, however, have zeroed in on standard language in FBI search warrants authorizing the use of deadly force in appropriate circumstances, claiming Biden and the DOJ wanted Trump dead — even though he wasn’t even present on the property that day...

In a campaign fundraising email, Trump ... claimed that he “nearly escaped death” and that Biden was “locked & loaded ready to take me out.” Christina Bobb, an attorney for the former president who ahead of the raid signed a statement falsely asserting there was no more classified material at Mar-a-Lago, also reacted with incredulity to the filing. Trump’s allies in Congress further boosted the idea that he was targeted for assassination.

“The Biden DOJ and FBI were planning to assassinate Pres Trump and gave the green light. Does everyone get it yet???!!!!”  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) wrote on X, formerly Twitter.... Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) even claimed that “Biden ordered the hit on Trump at Mar-a-Lago.” 

Trump’s attorneys wrote in a May filing that the FBI’s operations order for the search included a policy statement stating that “law enforcement officers of the Department of Justice may use deadly force when necessary….” The filing omitted the full policy statement of the bureau and the Justice Department, which can be found on their websites.  “Law enforcement officers and correctional officers of the Department of Justice may use deadly force only when necessary, that is, when the officer has a reasonable belief that the subject of such force poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the officer or to another person.”  The policy statement is a standard written reminder of agency policy given to law enforcement executing search warrants. No deadly force was used at Mar-a-Lago, and the raid was executed without incident — other than Trump’s public protestations on social media. On Tuesday, the FBI pushed back on the claim that the authorization had been specifically granted for the Mar-a-Lago raid. “The FBI followed standard protocol in this search as we do for all search warrants, which includes a standard policy statement limiting the use of deadly force,” the agency wrote. “No one ordered additional steps to be taken and there was no departure from the norm in this matter.”

CNN - Former President Donald Trump is falsely claiming that President Joe Biden authorized the Department of Justice to have him assassinated when raiding his Mar-a-Lago estate in 2022 for classified documents. Followers of Trump received a campaign email this week addressed from "President Trump," with the subject line: "They were authorized to shoot me!" The email appeared to reference a recently unsealed document outlining FBI procedures that included standard language about the "use of force" in searches.

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