During a recent radio appearance, Donald Trump Jr. criticized the FBI for its raid on his father’s Florida home last month and accused the agency of using intimidation tactics.
Trump Jr., son of former President Donald Trump, spoke with Charlie Kirk on his radio show Thursday and claimed that the FBI agents who carried out the Aug. 8 Mar-a-Lago raid were members of the agency’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT). .
The search warrant, served on August 8, was part of an ongoing Justice Department investigation into the discovery of classified White House documents recovered from the former president’s Florida home in January this year.
According to the FBI, the hostage rescue team represents “the last line of defense for federal law enforcement.”
“The FBI Hostage Rescue Team is an elite group of agents who pass a tough selection process and training course,” the FBI said on its website. “They deploy to any environment or condition to respond to hostage takings, barricaded suspects, high-risk arrests, undercover operations and surveillance operations.”
Trump Jr. accused the FBI of using the HRT to intimidate the Trump family and said the agency had become too political.
“What I think a lot of people missed is that when I read this [the FBI] used the FBI Hostage Rescue Team, that is when you’re like ‘oh,’ Trump Jr. said. It’s not politics, you realize it’s bullying tactics. For those of you who are listening and don’t understand, the Hostage Rescue Team, HRT is like the Delta Force, ie the Navy Seals of Federal Law Enforcement .”
Trump Jr. added that he felt the tactics used by the FBI were “something to intimidate a political enemy.”
Newsweek contacted the FBI for comment.
Shortly after the raid, Eric Trump, Trump’s other son, said in a Fox News interview that Trump had become more popular after the raid. Speaking to Sean Hannity on August 15, Eric Trump said two people tried to buy him dinner with his family to apologize for how his family had been treated.
“It caused the biggest fundraiser, my dad’s polls literally exploded,” Eric Trump said.
“They don’t even talk about other Republican candidates because they’re all gone, they’re not even in the equation,” he said in reference to his father possibly running as a running mate. Republican primary in the 2024 presidential election.
“Last night I had an argument between two people who were trying to buy Lara [Trump, his wife] and I am having dinner to apologize for what the United States government has done to our family,” he added. “You wouldn’t believe the energy there.”
Newsweek contacted Donald Trump’s office for comment.
. Donald Trump says the Navy Seals FBI are used in raid for bully