While of course he’s saying it in bad faith and spinning it as bias against former President Donald Trump, Fox News host Tucker Carlson recently predicted on his show that Trump will be indicted in the aftermath of the FBI executing a search warrant at his Florida resort residence last week, as they allegedly searched for classified documents removed form the White House upon the end of Trump’s term as President.
“There’s nothing to see here, that’s the line,” Carlson noted, referring to members of the GOP, who he guessed will “say the same thing when the Biden Justice Department or some other state agency under their influence finally does what you know they’re going to do, and that’s indict Donald Trump. Obviously they’re going to do that. Who knows how, maybe they’ll produce surveillance video from Mar-a-Lago, apparently they’ve already subpoenaed that.”
The search, conducted earlier in August, was authorized by a federal judge and signed off on by Attorney General Merrick Garland. A large chunk of elected Republicans, especially those who support Trump, have suggested political motivation for the raid, but the White House assured the public that President Biden was unaware of the search and there is no evidence suggesting the President knew of the search before it happened.
The FBI and DOJ have not explicitly indicated that Trump himself is the focus of a criminal investigation in the matter in their few public statements about the search.
The search has also led to increased threats against federal law enforcement, which led AG Garland to push back on his department’s critics and defend his agency.
Many conservative pundits are praising Trump for finally calming down after his initial flurry of excuses and blame. After Carlson’s Fox colleague Steve Doocy called on Trump to publicly state that things need to cool down, Trump said the “temperature has to be brought down in the country.
Carlson later that day praised Trump’s statement:
“You can feel it, even Donald Trump feels it. Maybe for the first time in his life, Donald Trump seems sincerely interested in lowering the temperature, not only for his own stake, but for the country’s. He’s right. It’s not good. This could get very bad, very fast.”