Written by Ashton Snyder on
 May 23, 2024

FBI Use Of Deadly Force At Mar-A-Lago Spurs Debate

The FBI’s 2022 raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate has ignited controversy due to its “use of deadly force” policy. 

According to Daily Wire, the FBI acknowledged the inclusion of a “use of deadly force” policy during the raid in a recent statement. According to the report, the Biden administration authorized this use of force.

The FBI stated that the authorization of "deadly force" during the 2022 Mar-a-Lago raid followed Standard Operating Procedures. However, former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino argued that targeting a former president's home made the situation unique and could have created a conflict between federal agencies and competing authorities.

‘Operations Order’ Sparks New Concerns

The “Operations Order” contained a policy statement permitting Department of Justice (DOJ) law enforcement officers to use deadly force if necessary.

The FBI aimed to execute a search warrant to secure classified information, National Defense Information (NDI), and U.S. Government records. Though agents were instructed to conceal law enforcement equipment, they were authorized to carry standard weapons, ammunition, handcuffs, and bolt cutters.

Contingency plans included the presence of a paramedic at the scene and identifying the nearest trauma center. Agents were prepared to engage with Trump and his Secret Service detail if Trump had returned during the raid.

FBI officials have asserted that agents adhered to standard operating procedures (SOPs). They maintained the operation did not deviate from the standard and that “no one ordered additional steps to be taken.”

Dan Bongino Criticizes FBI Protocol

Former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino has raised concerns about the operation’s adherence to standard procedures. The former agent argued that unique factors associated with raiding a former president’s home required considerations beyond standard SOPs. Bongino emphasized, “...the raid was an unprecedented action with significant potential for confusion and blue-on-blue issues.”

Bongino insisted that ignoring these factors created the potential for conflicts between the FBI/DOJ and the Secret Service. He suggested that such a scenario involving competing federal agencies could lead to critical safety issues. Bongino’s pointed critique underscored the operation’s uniqueness and the need for specialized protocols.

Meanwhile, Trump reacted strongly to the revelations while attending court for his hush-money trial. He denounced the raid as “illegal and unconstitutional,” accusing President Biden of posing a threat to democracy. Additionally, Trump challenged Biden’s mental fitness for office and called for invoking the 25th Amendment.

Judge Cannon Postpones Trump’s Trial

Judge Aileen Cannon responded to ongoing pre-trial complexities by indefinitely postponing Trump’s trial. She cited unresolved issues under the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA), among other pre-trial motions, and emphasized the need to address these extensive issues fully before setting a trial date.

Trump’s remarks amplified the political tension surrounding the raid, drawing criticism towards the Biden administration. The administration’s policies and tactics remain under scrutiny as the legal battle continues.

To conclude, the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago has led to a heated discussion regarding the use of deadly force. The FBI insists it followed standard procedures, while figures like Dan Bongino argue otherwise due to the operation’s exceptional context. Trump’s strong reaction further illustrates the contentious nature of the raid.

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