45th President Donald Trump has called to defund the FBI and DOJ, one day after he was arrested and charged with 34 felonies in New York.
Trump was formerly arrested and indicted on 34 felony counts on Tuesday afternoon, as Valiant News reported, by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. The charges related to alleged hush money payed to by porn star Stormy Daniels, with Trump allegedly having fallen victim to an extortion scheme in 2016.
Judge Merchan warned the former President that he should stay away from using rhetoric that could “inflame or cause civil unrest” after his indictment. Trump only spoke briefly during the hearing.
Trump inside the courtroom. pic.twitter.com/wy3pV7WaDx
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However, Trump spoke to the nation on Tuesday evening after flying back to Florida, standing defiant against Bragg and the others involved in his prosecution.Similar calls have been made from congressional Republicans this year. In his speech at CPAC, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who currently serves on the select committee investigating the weaponization of the federal government, called to “defund, get rid of, abolish the FBI, CDC, [and] ATF,” much to the approval of the audience.
On Wednesday, Trump went further, and demanded that congressional Republicans “should defund the DOJ and FBI until they come to their senses,” in a post on Truth Social. “The Democrats have totally weaponized law enforcement in our country and are viciously using this abuse of power to interfere with our already under siege elections!” he added.
In January, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul argued that if the FBI was ever going to be reformed, the “top 10%” of employees at the organisation have to go, as they have become a “political class” that has been infected with “influence and power and politics.”
“Most of the agents that I meet in the field are conservative. They’re typical law enforcement kind of people… But really it’s the political class up here that is corruptible and [has] become very left-wing… these are the people infiltrating the FBI at the highest levels,” Paul argued.
The top agents need to be replaced with “law enforcement people from out in Kansas or Kentucky or someplace,” and act as “truly” law enforcement agents, “not politicians.”