Trump says 'temperature has to be brought down' after Mar-a-Lago search




  • In US
  • 2022-08-15 14:20:36Z
  • By The Hill
 

Former President Trump said on Monday that his aides reached out to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to offer "whatever we can do to help," saying the "temperature has to be brought down" after a spike in threats against law enforcement following the FBI's search of his Mar-a-Lago estate.

"People are so angry at what is taking place," Trump told Fox News.

"Whatever we can do to help - because the temperature has to be brought down in the country," he added. "If it isn't, terrible things are going to happen."

The FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago one week ago in connection with its investigation into whether Trump violated the Espionage Act and other federal statutes. Agents seized 11 sets of classified documents from the estate, although Trump has claimed he declassified the material.

The search has set off waves of criticisms of the FBI and DOJ from Trump and his allies, who argue the investigation is politically motivated. Some have called to defund the agency.

A new intelligence bulletin reportedly warned of a spike in threats against federal law enforcement following the Mar-a-Lago search, referencing an incident on Thursday at the FBI's Cincinnati field office in which an armed man tried to breach the building and later died in a standoff with law enforcement.

The Hill has requested comment from the DOJ.

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