CNN anchor Pamela Brown confronted Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) in a controversial interview Tuesday about the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s home and repeatedly questioned the Republican lawmaker about his apparent double standards in investigating Democrats.
Aside from pointing out Turner’s seemingly hypocritical attitude toward ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Brown pressed the Ohio congressman for his claim that the crackdown was politically motivated. Turner accused Brown of “trying to put words in my mouth.”
Republicans and right-wing media have had a full-blown meltdown over the unprecedented raid on the ex-president’s Mar-a-Lago, Fla., mansion, calling for the FBI to be defunded while claiming the execution of the search warrant was “Third World bullshit.” “. ‘ and worse than Pearl Harbor.
The search is reportedly part of an investigation into Trump, who stole classified documents from the White House after leaving office. Earlier this year, the National Archives retrieved 15 boxes of information and The Wall Street Journal Reported federal agents seized another 10 boxes on Monday.
Turner, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, began his CNN interview Tuesday afternoon with rhetoric similar to that of his GOP peers. However, Brown seemed prepared for many of his talking points.
“We have two standards where we have Hillary Clinton with her own computer system and classified information on it, receiving a subpoena and having the opportunity to go through that server to see if it’s personal material or official material.” , emphasized Turner. “And this President, President, not a Secretary of State, is being searched. Clearly, two different standards and we want to know why.”
The CNN host pointed out that the congressman had previously been “outraged” by Clinton’s handling of classified information and emails, adding that he said at the time that she was “held accountable” for her “extremely negligent” actions ” should be.
“So why don’t you share the same concern with Donald Trump, who is now a private and is taking 15 boxes of White House documents, including classified documents, to his private residence?” Braun asked. “Why was it a concern for you with Hillary Clinton and now not with Donald Trump?”
Turner claimed these are “two different things” because Clinton has “secret communications through her computer server at her home,” while we “don’t really know” if Trump is in possession of classified or sensitive documents.
“That’s why the FBI director needs to tell the American public what he was up to,” he continued. “There has to be something higher at the national security level for him to do this. Remember that President Trump has more classified material on his mind than he will have on his desk. Even so, they searched his house to see what he had in his desk. I think the American public wants answers.”
Responding that the FBI “executed a search warrant signed by a judge who clearly found a probable cause,” Brown then noted that there were at least 25 instances of Trump attempting to arm the DOJ, to take action against his political rivals.
“So why do you feel the DOJ should be under scrutiny now and not too…shared the same concern back when Trump was trying to go after his political rivals?” Braun asked.
“I shared it,” Turner pointed out, before adding, “It goes back to the Obama-Biden administration … where they started politicizing the FBI and the Justice Department.”
Finally, after again denouncing Trump’s record of politicizing the Justice Department, which Republicans seem to have had no problem with, Brown wondered aloud if Turner’s problem was “how the criminal justice system works.” Ohio lawmakers said the problem is that Trump is likely to run again in 2024, meaning he is “an absolute political rival” to President Joe Biden.
“I want to be clear here,” Brown interjected. “What you were trying to say here is that you believe the Justice Department under President Biden is trying to go after his political rival Donald Trump over 2024? Is that what you want to say here?”
Turner growled back, “No, Pamela. I did not say that. Thanks for trying to put words in my mouth!”
For her part, the CNN host said she wasn’t trying to mischaracterize him, just “trying to get that straight.”
Turner defended his position by citing former Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who tweeted Tuesday that the raid “must be more than a search for irrelevant archives or seen as a political tactic.” Cuomo, whose brother was fired from CNN over his sexual harassment scandal, resigned in disgrace as governor last year.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/cnn-anchor-pamela-brown-grills-gop-rep-mike-turner-on-trump-fbi-raid-double-standard?source=articles&via=rss CNN anchor Pamela Brown grills GOP Rep. Mike Turner over Trump’s FBI double-standard heist