Steve Doocy accuses Sen Tim Scott of not being truthful in his criticism of DoJ

“Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy came to the defense of Attorney General Merrick Garland Tuesday after Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) chided the Justice Department for their lack of transparency. In so doing, the morning show personality failed to address the wishes of one key player in the FBI investigation.

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The raid of former President Donald Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida has allowed the GOP to coalesce around the erosion of federal institutions and the partisan political corruption that is teeming within the overgrown bureaucracy of the government. Monday night, Scott touched on that while speaking with Fox News anchor Bret Baier on “Special Report.”

“What I am mostly concerned about is the infrequent, inconsistent application of the rule of law as it relates to President Trump,” the senator stated. “I can’t imagine how it feels to see a 232-year precedent go down the drain. Over what? A dispute over what should and should not be included in our National Archives.”

Scott’s supposition hinged on the assertion that the documents seized as part of the alleged fishing expedition conducted by the FBI were only collected because of improper handling of documents pertaining to the Presidential Records Act.

Of course, he addressed the supposition by going on to state, “To me, until we see specificity within the affidavit, we will not have the kind of clarity that the American people need to come to their own conclusion. This unprecedented, alarming raid remains at a high level of urgency to bring about real solutions that are illusive because Merrick Garland refuses to cooperate in releasing all the information necessary to understand what happened.”

In response, Doocy accused the senator of lying about the AG’s behavior, noting, “Well the senator knows that in a criminal investigation like this, they don’t release it until they’ve figured out whether or not somebody’s going to be charged or not.”

“And if they’re not charged they don’t release it so that they do not unfairly tarnish the reputation of an innocent person,” the host went on to assert.

However, Doocy’s case was not the case that the Justice Department made when they filed with the court Monday to keep the affidavit sealed from the public.

“In addition to the implications for the investigation, the release of this type of investigative material could have ‘devastating consequences’ for the reputations and rights of individuals whose actions and statements are described,” the filing read in part.

As former federal prosecutor and Fox News host Trey Gowdy had pointed out, that’s “why they all have these big old black pens where you can redact informant information, grand jury information and ongoing other investigative information.”

Furthermore, the “reputation of an innocent person” that Doocy asserted need not be tarnished in this instance is former President Trump who himself has sought the “completely unredacted” release of the affidavit precisely because not doing so is allowing corporate media to continue to make allegations against him.

This wasn’t Doocy’s only attempt at defending the FBI over the unprecedented raid as he had similarly expressed warranted concern over threats posed to agents as violent rhetoric was said to be spreading online.

“We just know that right now, given the fact that there’s the suggestion… there’s a lot of very specific, apparently very specific threats, very specific agents at the FBI and whatnot, it would be great for everybody to tamp down the rhetoric against the FBI because the FBI simply was doing what the DOJ asked them to do,” Doocy argued, implying that by “just doing their job” they were in the right.

“The attorney general is the boss of the guy at the FBI. Of all the people at the FBI. Yeah, so with all of these threats going around, it ultimately would be great if the former president, who has always been a great supporter of law enforcement… posed with a thousand police departments coast to coast… it would be great if he called for an end to the violent rhetoric against federal law enforcement and in particular, the FBI that was just doing their job,” he went on.

Later Monday, Trump did call for a solution to help bring the “temperature” down. However, the FBI appeared unwilling to provide any greater transparency as they later entered their court filing to withhold the release of the affidavit.

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