Garland calls Trump’s false FBI search claim ‘extremely dangerous’

Source: The Hill | May 23, 2024 | Lauren Irwin

Attorney General Merrick Garland said former President Trump’s false claim about the FBI being ready to kill him in their Mar-a-Lago search is “extremely dangerous” in recent comments.

Trump falsely claimed in a fundraising email Wednesday that President Biden was “locked & loaded and ready to take me out,” another attack about the classified records found at his estate. His email claimed Biden or the Justice Department was “authorized to shoot” Trump.

Garland disputed the accusation in a press briefing Thursday.

“That allegation is false, and it is extremely dangerous,” Garland said. “The document that has been referred to in the allegation is the Justice Department standard policy, limiting the use of force.”

“As the FBI advises, it is part of the standard operations plan for searches and in fact, it was even used in the consensual search of President Biden’s home,” he continued.

The statement on law enforcement protocol Trump refers to in his email allows the use of deadly force “only when necessary” when someone “poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury” to an officer or another person.

Trump was not home when the FBI conducted its Aug. 8, 2022, search of his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, and it was a decision made to avoid any potential conflict.

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