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Former President Donald Trump’s son Eric has dropped a bomb on the FBI and the DOJ that they did not see coming.
When they raided the former president’s Mar-a-Lago residence they asked the staff to turn off the video surveillance cameras. That request was not honored and it is about to come back to haunt them.
He explained what happened, and what the family is planning to do, in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News.
“Will you — you still have the surveillance tape, is that correct? Will you — are you allowed to share that with the country?” Hannity said.
“Absolutely, Sean. At the right time,” Eric said.
“That’s why cops wear body cams. They don’t tell you to turn off cameras. They want transparency. And that’s not what happened here,” he said.
“And you know for a fact they asked for the cameras to be turned off,” the host said.
“They asked for the cameras to be turned off,” the former president’s son said.
He said after the raid that “my father’s poll numbers have absolutely gone through the roof.”
Eric Trump- YES we’re going to release the footage at the right time-and YES they told us to turn off the surveillance cameras. pic.twitter.com/EchjozElDI
— 🇺🇸RealRobert🇺🇸 (@Real_RobN) August 16, 2022
The night before he said to Hannity that people “were trying to buy [wife] Lara and I dinner to apologize for what the United States government has done to our family, Sean.”
“I mean, you wouldn’t believe the energy out there,” he said. “I’ve been through all these firestorms over the years. I’ve never seen America more mad than it is right now.
“People are not buying the sham in the country,” the former president’s son said.
“They’re targeting Donald Trump. They’re targeting his family. They’re targeting eveyone around him,” he said.
On Monday the former president made the argument that the raid is not only an issue for him but for the entire nation.
“The country is in a very dangerous position. There is tremendous anger like I’ve never seen before, over all of the scams, and this new one — years of scams and witch hunts, and now this,” he said to Fox News.
“There has never been a time like this where law enforcement has been used to break into the house of a former president of the United States, and there is tremendous anger in the country — at a level that has never been seen before, other than during very perilous times,” he said.
“People are so angry at what is taking place,” he said. “Whatever we can do to help — because the temperature has to be brought down in the country. If it isn’t, terrible things are going to happen.”
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, like many Republicans, was outraged by the FBI’s unprecedented raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
So much so, in fact, that he’s moving to ensure that nothing the Justice Department obtained from the raid can be used to jam up the former president and indict him.
According to Monday reports, the Kentucky Republican will publicly call for repealing the century-old Espionage Act which the DOJ reportedly may use to charge Trump with illegally possessing classified materials.
Paul’s move to ditch the Espionage Act comes amid questions over whether documents in Trump’s possession were actually classified; he has said he declassified everything shortly before leaving office, which is a long-standing presidential prerogative.
“The espionage act was abused from the beginning to jail dissenters of WWI. It is long past time to repeal this egregious affront to the 1st Amendment,” Paul tweeted without mentioning the former president specifically.
The espionage act was abused from the beginning to jail dissenters of WWI. It is long past time to repeal this egregious affront to the 1st Amendment.
Repeal the Espionage Act – The Future of Freedom Foundation https://t.co/3KCgujpS9z
— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 13, 2022
Paul included a link to a piece published at the Future of Freedom Foundation that calls for repealing the law from 2019.
In it, Jacob G. Hornberger, the foundation’s founder and president, makes the case that the statute is “tyrannical” and has been used in the past to punish government whistleblowers.