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Republican strategists assess whether attacks on FBI and Graham’s ‘riot’ claims help or harm GOP

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Democrats have criticized Senator Lindsey Graham for claiming there will be “riots in the streets” if the Justice Department indicts former President Trump after the Mar-a-Lago raid, but GOP strategists are divided on whether recent attacks on the FBI will influence their stance in the midterm elections.

“I will say this, if there is a prosecution of Donald Trump for mishandling classified information after the Clinton debacle… there will be riots in the streets,” the Republican from South Carolina told Fox News Sunday night.

Even President Biden balked at the remark during a speech in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. “The idea of ​​turning on a television and seeing senior senators and congressmen say that if this and that happens, there will be blood in the streets. Where the hell are we?’

Some GOP strategists believe comments like Graham’s fuel grassroots but detract from an important moderate voting bloc, others were unimpressed by the “riot in the streets” comment.

GOP strategist John Feehery interpreted the comments as a simple prediction, not a threat. “I don’t think that was incitement — I thought that was just a realistic picture of what would happen,” he told DailyMail.com.

“I’m saying this, if there is a prosecution of Donald Trump for mishandling classified information after the Clinton debacle … there will be riots in the streets,” the Republican from South Carolina told Fox News Sunday night.

Some GOP strategists believe comments like Graham’s fueled grassroots but detract from a key moderate voting bloc, others were unfazed by the threat of ‘riots in the streets’

“I don’t think these comments have any longer-term political implications.”

Other Republicans have directly called for “unburdening the FBI,” including Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene, Georgia, Paul Gosar, Ariz., and Lauren Boebert, Colo.

Some experts warn that this could hurt Republican momentum in November, when House and Senate control will be decided.

“Attacks on federal law enforcement speak to very few voters outside some of the Republican base,” GOP strategist Ken Spain told DailyMail.com. “This kind of rhetoric could work well in a GOP primaries, but it also opens the door for Democrats looking for an opportunity to neutralize allegations that they are the party seeking to ‘degrade the police.'”

“I think it’s kind of hypocritical when people like Marjorie Taylor Greene call for discouraging law enforcement when it’s doing its jobs they don’t like, but destroying the left when they do the exact same thing,” said another veteran GOP strategist, who asked for anonymity. to speak freely. “I find it disturbing when I see normal politicians like Senator Graham also use such abusive language.”

While it may fuel grassroots support, Trump supporters don’t seem to understand that they make up only 35-38% of the electorate and that the 13-16% they need to win are independents, mostly suburban women. who don’t.’ Don’t get into that kind of heated rhetoric,’ the strategist continued.

Another Republican strategist defended Graham’s comments and his comparison to Hillary Clinton’s emails. “The Republicans want their base activated for this election,” said Jeff Crouere. “Of course all action must be political in nature and 100% peaceful.”

“Clearly Republicans are frustrated that Hillary Clinton has been given a pass, not a charge, immunity from her aides and that her home has not been searched, despite mishandling 33,000 emails, including top secret and classified material, and the stocking up on blackberries. In contrast, Donald Trump’s home was raided by 30 FBI agents who searched his belongings and his wife’s closet for ten hours.”

Authorities stand outside Mar-a-Lago, the residence of former President Donald Trump, amid reports that the FBI is executing a search warrant as part of a document investigation, in Palm Beach, Florida, US, Aug. 8, 2022

Authorities stand outside Mar-a-Lago, the residence of former President Donald Trump, amid reports that the FBI is executing a search warrant as part of a document investigation, in Palm Beach, Florida, US, Aug. 8, 2022

Three Secret Documents Found in a Desk Drawer in Trump's Mar-a-Lago Office

Three Secret Documents Found in a Desk Drawer in Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Office

In total, more than 320 classified documents have now been recovered in Mar-a-Lago, the Ministry of Justice said

In total, more than 320 classified documents have now been recovered in Mar-a-Lago, the Ministry of Justice said

He predicted that the FBI raid in November would get more Republicans to the polls and “hopefully” hand control of Congress to the GOP.

Meanwhile, three classified documents were found in a desk drawer in Trump’s Mar-a-Lago office, the Justice Department revealed in a blockbuster, in addition to more than 100 documents discovered in 13 boxes with classification markings at the former president’s residence.

The documents were discovered during the August raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, after the former president’s lawyers claimed a “diligent search” yielded all the documents requested.

In total, more than 320 classified documents have now been recovered in Mar-a-Lago, the Justice Department said.

The 36-page DoJ file, released late Tuesday night, was the administration’s response to Trump’s request for an independent review of the materials seized from his Palm Beach home during the raid. August by federal agents.

It outlines the numerous steps the administration has taken to recover the records Trump took with him from the White House, which are owned by the federal government. Presidents are required by law to hand them over to the National Archives when they leave office.

It makes clear that the August 8 raid came after numerous other attempts to retrieve the data had failed and police suspected further documents were left in the property.

The administration has also expressed its suspicion that Trump and his team were trying to obstruct their investigation.

Officials claimed they were “probably hidden and removed” from a padlocked storage area where Trump’s lawyers had said they were all held together.

“The government has also developed evidence that government documents were likely hidden and removed from storage and that attempts were likely made to obstruct the government’s investigation,” the filing said.

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