“If Donald Trump gets arrested by the guy Donald Trump named for breaking a law Donald Trump enacted, I’ll start going to church,” said Media Matters research director Craig Harrington, who doesn’t is obviously not a regular practitioner. tweeted Wednesday.
Harrington was referring to Monday’s FBI raid of the former president’s Mar-a-Lago club, authorized by Trump’s handpicked FBI Director Christopher Wray, and a 2018 law Trump signed that elevates the unauthorized removal and retention of classified government documents to a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.
We don’t know exactly what plainclothes FBI agents were looking for at Mar-a-Lago, but the search warrant referred to the Presidential Records Act and a possible violation of laws dealing with the handling of classified information, according to Trump’s lawyer, Christina Bobb. In other words, The Washington Post‘s Philip Bump summed up: “Citizen Trump may have broken a law that President Trump made a crime.”
Adding insult to irony, the legislation Trump signed in early 2018 — a reauthorization of the surveillance-focused FISA Amendment Act — was introduced by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) , one of Trump’s staunchest congressional defensive tackles and, like Trump and many of his other allies, a vocal critic of Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified emails and the FBI’s decision not to charge.
In 2016, when Trump was running against Clinton, he regularly led chants to “lock her up!” Once in power, “Trump repeatedly asked the Justice Department and the FBI to investigate his enemies and let his friends go,” pardoning quiet loyalists who were convicted anyway, writes Peter Baker on The New York Times. Now, “Trump is accusing the country’s justice system of being exactly what he tried to make it: a political weapon for a president, but not for him.”
“Of all the things Donald Trump has been investigated for — a possible conspiracy between his campaign and Russia, two impeachments, and ongoing investigations related to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot on Capitol Hill that caused multiple deaths – it would be ironic if that’s what ends up sticking with Donald Trump,” Time journalist Maggie Haberman said on Wednesday The Daily podcast. “For years, when Donald Trump was a private businessman, he used to tell people who worked with him, ‘It’s the little things that get you.’ Compared to everything we just described, it’s a small thing.”