Trump slams FBI at first rally after Mar-a-Lago raid

Correction: An earlier version of this file incorrectly listed an attendee at Trump’s rally.

Former President Donald Trump held a rally Saturday night in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. in support of Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz and gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, where he criticized the FBI in his first public speech after the agency raided his Mar-a-Lago home.

“The FBI and the Department of Justice have become vicious monsters, controlled by radical left scoundrels, lawyers and the media, who tell them what to do,” Trump said in reference to the raid that took place on Tuesday. last month.

The warrant that justified the FBI search, issued with redactions last week following a court battle, found evidence that classified documents may be illegally stored at Trump’s home despite orders to return them after left office.

“The shameful raid and burglary of my home in Mar-a-Lago was a travesty of justice that mocked American laws, traditions and principles,” Trump said at the rally, calling him “one of the most shocking abuses”. of power by any administration in American history.

Trump also criticized President Joe Biden’s Thursday speech in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, dismissing Biden’s claim that Trump is “a clear and present danger” to the country and calling Biden “the enemy of the state.”

“As you know, this week Joe Biden came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to deliver the most vicious, hateful and divisive speech ever delivered by an American President, vilifying 75 million citizens plus likely another 75-150 if we want to be specific about this, as threats to democracy and as enemies of the state,” he said.

The rally, with attendees including Republican figures, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Maryland gubernatorial candidate Dan Cox, featured comments from Oz and Mastriano.

Oz criticized the Biden administration’s response to COVID-19, saying “we’ve seen ideas crushed” during the pandemic.

“We have seen weaponized science,” he continued.

Mastriano expressed similar displeasure with Biden and his allies.

“The Democrats are trying to distract us with their dirty list of bad ideas,” he said.

“We the people are pissed, I know I am.”

–Updated September 4 at 10:23 a.m.

Amanda J. Marsh