I'm no fan of Steve Bannon, but last night he put the FBI raid on President Trump's residence in Florida in perspective.
They’ve weaponized the Justice Department – this had to be approved, going up to the White House to be approved. Absolutely. Anybody saying it didn’t is a liar. This had to go up through the chain of command, through Merrick Garland to Ron Klain, at least [FBI Director Christopher] Wray and these guys. This is about pure power politics. They’re scared to death about Trump. They’re absolutely petrified terrified that he’ll announce in a couple of weeks, win the Republican nomination and win the White House.
We need a full investigation, cutting off appropriations to the FBI to get to the bottom of this, okay? This is going to continue on. The FBI right now is the Gestapo. The FBI is the Gestapo, whether it’s out in Colorado, putting a gold star mother in chains, Peter Navarro in chains. It's absolutely obscene. This is insanity. We need to fight fire with fire and the way to do that is to win elections, win them overwhelmingly and then use the appropriations process to choke down the FBI and choke down the Justice Department and get to the bottom of who approved this. This is so outrageous it needs to be investigated.
Dear FBI agents and all other Federal law enforcement personnel: When you entered Federal employment, you took the oath of office and made this declaration.
I [name] do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
I took that same oath of office as a Chaplain with the Bureau of Prisons in the Department of Justice. I regarded it then, and still do, as binding on my conscience: and as far as I'm concerned, it has no expiration date. A number of my friends and acquaintances can say the same.
As for you? If you participated in, or helped plan the raid on President Trump; or if you approve of or condone it; or if you regard political stunts like that as justifiable; then I believe you have just betrayed your oath of office, and your country. There are some who may go further. They may believe that you have now become a "domestic enemy" of the Constitution. Don't be surprised if Americans who are still faithful to their Constitution treat you accordingly.
I'm also hearing from current and former colleagues in the Department of Justice about their outrage at the situation. Many have long since resigned or retired. Others are now considering it. Still others are wondering whether they can help "manage the damage" from within. I don't know whether that's possible without a wholesale dismissal of the entire middle- and upper-management echelons of FBI leadership, without exception, and perhaps even the disbanding of the agency as a whole: but I wish them the best of luck.
I believe we have never been closer to the outbreak of Civil War 2.0 than we are right now. May God prevent it, if that's still possible.