During his Fox News show on Monday night, host Tucker Carlson chillingly predicted that former President Donald Trump will be indicted in the wake of the FBI raiding his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida last week.
“There’s nothing to see here, that’s the line,” Carlson said, according to The Hill. He went on to list some Republicans whom he predicts will “say the same thing when the Biden Justice Department or some other state agency under their influence finally does what you know they’re going to do, and that’s indict Donald Trump.”
“Obviously they’re going to do that,” Carlson continued. “Who knows how, maybe they’ll produce surveillance video from Mar-a-Lago, apparently they’ve already subpoenaed that.”
Tucker preparing his viewers in case surveillance video is released pic.twitter.com/3hDa6TFWAe
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This comes one week after the FBI controversially raided Trump’s home. Earlier in the day on Monday, Trump revealed that his aides had reached out to the Department of Justice to make it clear that he plans to cooperate with any investigation.
“Whatever we can do to help — because the temperature has to be brought down in the country,” Trump told Fox News. “If it isn’t, terrible things are going to happen.”
However, Trump also defended his supporters for feeling outraged over the raid, saying that they are “not going to stand for another scam” and describing the FBI’s past probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election as a “witch hunt.”
“People are so angry at what is taking place,” he said.
Trump then said that he has not heard back from the Department of Justice after offering to help, but he added that he thinks that “they would want the same thing.” On his show last night, Carlson praised Trump for calling for calm.
“You can feel it, even Donald Trump feels it. Maybe for the first time in his life, Donald Trump seems sincerely interested in lowering the temperature, not only for his own stake, but for the country’s,” Carlson said. “He’s right. It’s not good. This could get very bad, very fast.”
Tucker: You can feel it, even Donald Trump feels it. Maybe for the first time in his life, Donald Trump seems sincerely interested in lowering the temperature, not only for his own stake, but for the country’s… This could get very bad, very fast. pic.twitter.com/75GlkBZOec
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Last night, Trump demanded that the affidavit be unsealed and released in an unredacted form.
“In the interest of TRANSPARENCY, I call for the immediate release of the completely Unredacted Affidavit pertaining to this horrible and shocking BREAK-IN,” Trump said, according to Fox News.
Prosecutors have claimed that the disclosure of the affidavit would “likely chill future cooperation by witnesses whose assistance may be sought as this investigation progresses, as well as in other high-profile investigations.”
“The fact that this investigation implicates highly classified materials further underscores the need to protect the integrity of the investigation and exacerbates the potential for harm if information is disclosed to the public prematurely or improperly,” the Justice Department said.
The Justice Department had previously offered other arguments as to why the affidavit should be kept sealed.
“If disclosed, the affidavit would serve as a roadmap to the government’s ongoing investigation, providing specific details about its direction and likely course, in a manner that is highly likely to compromise future investigative steps,” the Justice Department argued.
“In addition, information about witnesses is particularly sensitive given the high-profile nature of this matter and the risk that the revelation of witness identities would impact their willingness to cooperate with the investigation,” the Department of Justice continued.
Trump has yet to reveal publicly whether or not he plans to run for president again in 2024. It will certainly be interesting to see how this all impacts that.