Seb Gorka to Newsmax: FBI's 'Bogus' Raid Won't Halt Trump's 2024 Presidential Run (Newsmax/"Wake Up America")
By Jay Clemons | Sunday, 14 August 2022 12:52 PM EDT
Dr. Seb Gorka, a former Trump White House adviser on national security matters, told Newsmax Sunday morning that all living U.S. presidents — from Jimmy Carter to Joe Biden — maintain lifetime "top secret" security clearance with the United States government.
And that same honor extends to former President Donald Trump.
As such, the FBI and Department of Justice had "no justification" in raiding Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida last week, especially since the national security documents in question had already been declassified, says Gorka.
President Trump had a "standing order on specific documents that were to be declassified," said Gorka, while appearing on "Wake Up America" with hosts Carl Higbie and Christina Thompson. "The idea of this raid being justified is just bogus."
Gorka went on to explain that process: "The classification of documents pertaining to national security exist for [only one person], the commander-in-chief. The president can declassify. The president can give clearances like that (snaps fingers)."
There's another alarming element to the FBI's Mar-a-Lago raid, says Gorka: This wasn't an amicable search of a retired two-term president. Instead, Trump represents an active politician who, by all accounts, will pursue another White House run in 2024.
The FBI's raid, from Gorka's perspective, was akin to "Gestapo-like tactics" of Nazi Germany from the 1930s and 40s, or a modern-day, "state-sanctioned burglary."
"You're raiding the residence of a future presidential candidate," says Gorka.
At this point, the Newsmax hosts pointedly asked Gorka if Trump was ready to make a formal announcement in the coming days.
Gorka's response: Trump will "absolutely" be running. It just hasn't been determined if the public notice will occur before or after the November midterm elections.
"Several people I know have already counseled [Trump] to announce it before the midterms, and I think an illegal raid on Mar-a-Lago is even more reason to do so," says Gorka, while teasing, "stay tuned, ladies and gentlemen, and Newsmax viewers."
Prior to joining the White House, Gorka had been responsible for training approximately 5,000 FBI agents on various ISIS threats.
Back then, Gorka said the FBI had a "pristine" reputation among law enforcement agencies.
But now, the FBI has morphed into a "Gestapo-like police state," says Gorka. "It's galling. It's shocking. It saddens me, and I don't think it's salvageable."
The reason for Gorka's vanquished trust with the FBI: The DOJ authorized "armed agents [going] into a president's private residence, and demanding the security cameras be turned off."
Gorka later added, "I am disgusted by the FBI," and unless the every-day field agents stand up and call for substantial reform, "the whole thing's going to be dismantled."
Gorka wasn't kidding about the FBI's organizational future.
If Republicans reclaim control of the House, Senate and the White House over the next 2 1/2 years, serious oversight questions should be asked of an agency that — under the DOJ's purview — also leaked the potential narrative that President Trump "is giving secret nuclear codes to Little Kim [or Kim Jong Un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea]. It's a bad joke."
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