The Federal Bureau of Investigation is suffering from intense blowback over its “unprecedented” raid of former president Donald Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago on August 8.
According to a Rasmussen poll of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters surveyed from August 15-16, a plurality of voters expressed their view that the FBI raid had caused them to lose trust in the bureau.
“A new national telephone and online survey by Rasmussen Reports finds that 44% of Likely U.S. voters say the FBI raid on Trump’s Florida home made them trust the FBI less, compared to 29% who say it made them trust the bureau more,” Rasmussen states.”Twenty-three percent (23%) say the Trump raid did not make much difference in their trust of the FBI.”
“Fifty percent (50%) of voters have a favorable impression of the FBI, including 26% who have a Very Favorable view of the bureau,” the report added. “Forty-six percent (46%) now view the FBI unfavorably, including 29% who have a Very Unfavorable impression of the bureau.”
Strikingly, the poll also showed that a majority of likely voters surveyed agreed with former Trump ally Roger Stone’s statement that “a group of politicized thugs at the top of the FBI who are using the FBI … as Joe Biden‘s personal Gestapo.”
“A majority (53%) of voters now agree with Stone’s statement – up from 46% in December – including 34% who Strongly Agree,” the poll reports. “Thirty-six percent (36%) disagree with the quote from Stone, including 26% who Strongly Disagree.”
Roger Stone was infamously subject to an early morning FBI raid in January 2019 after Mueller probe related indictments on one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, one count of witness tampering, five counts of false statements, including lying to Congress.
Despite protests from media outlets like NPR that such early morning armed raids for offenses like Stone’s were ‘commonplace’ and uncontroversial, a politics piece in the left-leaning Boston Herald disabuses anyone of this fallacious notion entirely.
“A swarm of agents in tactical gear shouting ‘FBI! Open the door!’ outside Roger Stone’s Florida home just before dawn Friday was over the top but intended to send a chilling message to anyone else being eyed in the Mueller investigation — you’re next, former FBI agents told the Herald.”
“The SWAT-style raid on a white-collar suspect in pajamas went viral Friday, with CNN cameras rolling,” the report noted.
“It was absolutely ridiculous,” said ex-FBI agent Peter Yachmetz. “Doing it at 6 o’clock is extremely early. They were trying to get a point across and it was leaked to CNN. Why?”
“It was inappropriate and improper,” added Yachmetz, an agent for three decades. “I cannot recall banging on anyone’s door at 6 a.m. for a white-collar crime. I did do it once in a kidnapping and extortion case.”
Retired FBI supervisory special agent Todd Hulsey characterized the raid as a ‘pressure tactic.’
“It’s a message for everyone else connected to the investigation,” said Hulsey. “They are saying, ‘If you think we have something on you, we are going to get you.’ And it’s going to be an unpleasant arrest.”
“Basically, it’s a pressure tactic,” Hulsey added. “Mueller and his people want to raise their stress level and cause people to cooperate.”
As Rasmussen’s poll notes, twice as many voters surveyed believe current FBI Director Christopher Wray is ‘worse than most of his predecessors.’
“Fifteen percent (15%) of voters believe FBI Director Christopher Wray is better than most of those who held the job before him, while twice as many (30%) think Wray is worse than most of his predecessors,” Rasmussen states. “Thirty-eight percent (38%) think Wray’s performance is about the same as most previous FBI directors, and another 18% are not sure.”
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