Former Vice President Al Gore came to the defense of the Justice Department and FBI on Sunday, insisting that they “acted entirely properly” when raiding former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence last week.
The Democrat and climate zealot made the claim on CNN’s “AC 360” after admitting he didn’t “know all the facts” about the DOJ’s unprecedented raid, but insisted it was “unthinkable” that the DOJ or FBI would “violate the regular order.”
“I do briefly want to ask you about just what we learned today from the Department of Justice,” host Anderson Cooper began .”They removed 11 sets of classified documents from the former president’s Mar-a-Lago residence while executing a search warrant. What is your reaction to all we’ve learned? Does this make sense to you why a former president would have such documents in his Florida mansion?”
(Relevant remarks begin at 5:47)
“No, it doesn’t. But I want to hasten to add, I don’t know the facts,” Gore admitted. “I’ll tell you what I do know, I know Merrick Garland, and I don’t know that our nation has ever had an attorney general who is more committed to doing things according to the book, according to the proper order.”
“It’s unthinkable that he would take any kind of rash step or violate the regular order,” Gore said of the unprecedented raid that violated the regular order. “I have tremendous confidence in him, his probity, and everyone who knows him and has worked with him feels the same way.”
“So, I’m sure the Justice Department and the FBI have acted entirely properly. We will learn more about the facts as they come out,” he added.
Given all the shady antics pulled by the DOJ and FBI related to Crossfire Hurricane – its bogus “Russia collusion” counterintelligence probe of Trump – as well as the Mueller probe, the rubber-stamped FISA warrants, and the debunked Steele Dossier, it’s unwise to give these institutions the benefit of the doubt when it comes to Trump.
After all, Attorney General Merrick Garland seemed so confident in the DOJ’s raid of Trump’s residence that he delivered shaky remarks for 2 minutes about how upstanding the FBI was before leaving without taking questions.