Trump Raid and Serena Retires
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I received such an enthusiastic response from subscribers when I launched this feature last week, that I decided to do it again. You said you wanted more and I listened.
Today, I’m reading The Washington Post instead of The New York Times because I like to read a lot of different newspapers to get varied points of view. As before, I will rely on your reactions to my reactions to determine whether this will become a regular feature of my Substack offerings.
More than a dozen FBI agents raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in search of documents he allegedly illegally removed from the White House. A lot isn’t clear yet. There have been accusations that Trump also illegally destroyed presidential documents that are by law supposed to be archived. There are many reasons to protect these documents: they allow us to keep an accurate historical record of what happened. Doing that prevents politicians from hiding the truth if they do underhanded activities that undermine the country or circumvent constitutional laws. It’s how we hold elected officials responsible and prevent them from grabbing too much power.
You’d think we’d all be for that, since it maintains the integrity of a democracy.
But Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) tweeted Tuesday: “If the FBI can raid a U.S. President, imagine what they can do to you.” Huh? I can’t get over how often we Americans elect the least articulate and logical people. The FBI should go after lawbreakers, regardless of their previous job. Her scare tactic is laughable: “imagine what they can do to you.” Uh, they could get a warrant that shows probable cause and then raid me? Which they can do whether or not they are permitted to raid Trump. Tweeting gibberish just to rile up anti-government sentiment is how we got the January 6 insurrection.
Remember that next election.