FBI Authorized 'Deadly Force' in Raid at Trump's Mar-a-Lago

 May 22, 2024

A recent federal raid at Mar-a-Lago has sparked widespread debate and concern.

According to Breitbart News, the FBI agents were permitted to use "deadly force" during the document seizure operation at the estate of ex-President Donald Trump, generating considerable outcry.

The "Operations Order" from the raid detailed a "Policy Statement" regarding agents' usage of deadly force, a common protocol within the Justice Department designed to be employed when deemed crucial. This detail emerged from court filings recently made public by Judge Aileen Cannon.

Trump Castigates Biden Administration in Wake of Raid

In response to the revelations, Donald Trump vehemently expressed his dissent to Truth Social. He criticized President Joe Biden as a threat to the nation’s democracy and suggested invoking the 25th Amendment:


The FBI defended the action, stating the protocol during the search was routine. According to an official FBI statement, "The FBI followed standard protocol in this search as we do..." which illustrates their stance that nothing extraordinary was undertaken in this instance.

Conservative Figures Challenge the Raid’s Grounds

Dan Bongino, a conservative radio show host, vocalized on X: "This is absolutely a big deal. Don’t buy the bullshit otherwise... Anyone telling you otherwise is either dumb or playing dumb." He and others believe that the usual rules should not have applied given Trump’s Secret Service protection and his status as a former president.

Meanwhile, commentator Mike Cernovich also aired concerns on X about handling the situation, remarking on the peculiarity of the enforcement standards applied.

The Attorney General, Merrick Garland, authorized the raid and faced direct criticism for sanctioning deadly force, which is considered standard in such federal operations.

Medical Preparedness and Conflict Protocols Explored

Insights from the seized court filings revealed protocols in case former President Trump or any Secret Service agent posed resistance during the operation. Furthermore, the FBI had a medic present on the scene and had identified a nearby trauma center, preparing for any possible immediate medical needs.

The contentious authorization has also faced scrutiny from figures such as Mike Davis, a legal expert who criticized both Biden and Garland on X for the decision to proceed with such a protocol. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene amplified these criticisms, suggesting the authorization of deadly force against Trump could be labeled as grounds for impeaching both FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Garland.

Reflecting on the broader implications, Senator Josh Hawley and Representative Jim Banks expressed their concerns over the raid’s impact on democratic principles and potential consequences for future lawmaking and investigations.

Community of Conservatives in Uproar on Legal Tactics

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s statement encapsulates the sentiment felt among many conservatives. She questioned whether such measures would ever apply to Biden, illustrating the perceived disparity in handling such legal matters:

Was deadly force authorized against Biden for his docs? Was I going to shoot SS then Pres Trump, Melania, and Barron too???

The raid at Mar-a-Lago has become a significant point of contention, driven largely by the public’s reaction to the deployment of a deadly force authorization. Legal experts, commentators, and politicians continue to analyze and argue such a decision's ethical and legal bases. It opens a broad debate about the standards of law enforcement engagements, especially involving high-profile figures. It sets a complex precedent for future actions and potentially reshapes the dialogue around political and legal norms in the United States.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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