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GOP Rep. Tenney says Trump affidavit is 'one big nothing burger'

The Justice Department released the affidavit Friday but heavily redacted large portions of the document

Published: August 26, 2022 6:13pm

Updated: August 26, 2022 6:55pm

GOP Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) discussed the Department of Justice's release of the affidavit that accompanied the warrant authorizing the FBI raid of former President Trump's Florida estate.

"This document is almost entirely redacted which is not revealing anything," Tenney said on the  "Just the News, Not Noise" television show. "It's one big nothing burger in my first impression of it."

The Justice Department released the affidavit Friday but heavily redacted large portions of the document.

"We have a weaponized FBI and a weaponized DOJ," Tenney stated. "We have questions about probable cause. And of course, all the reasons that would be set forth in this affidavit describing why there's probable cause are redacted. Basically, what you see are a lot of statutes and things that would be commonly cited without the real evidence that supports those statutes."

Tenney went on to talk about the politicization of federal agencies such as the FBI and DOJ.

"I am concerned about this 'weaponization.' You hear that word a lot," Tenney said. "But again, I can't emphasize enough that we are often seeing the Department of Justice and FBI highly politicized. Remember, these are agencies that are appointed by the executive branch. They're not local sheriffs that are appointed by the people to serve in law enforcement capability. They're hired by Congress partisans and their partisan organizations."

Tenney concluded by questioning the FBI's rationale for concealing so much information about the raid.

"The question is, how can the FBI justify this?" Tenney asked. "They've already been down this road with this Russia collusion hoax with James Comey and with all the FISA court and Christopher Steele."

"It was very scandalous," the congresswoman later concluded. 

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