“You Don’t Go To This Level With A Person On This Level If You Don’t Want To Or Aren’t Thinking About Filing Charges.”

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A veteran former police officer and the former 2022 Republican nominee for governor of Oklahoma said that if the federal Justice Department brought charges against Donald Trump After the “unprecedented” raid on the former president’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida FBI,

“You don’t go to this level with a person on this level if you don’t want to or aren’t thinking about filing charges. You don’t,” said the 24-year-old retired from the Tulsa Police Department and head of the department. said Dr. Mark Sherwood, a 10-year-old member of the SWAT team.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if some charges are filed—even if the evidence hasn’t been thoroughly examined,” Sherwood said.

“Its time to be anxious, to say the least. You are coming to the tail end of the midterm primaries,” Republicans prepare to reclaim both chambers of Congress, he said.

Mark Sherwood, a veteran police officer, naturopath and Oklahoma candidate, said the FBI raid on Donald Trump’s home in Florida was “unprecedented.” (Courtesy of Dr. Mark Sherwood)

As a former law enforcement officer, Sherwood issued multiple search warrants and knew the legal process for obtaining them.

What he found “extremely unusual” was the FBI’s decision to search the home of a former incumbent president, against all historical precedent.

Sherwood told The Epoch Times that even the Watergate scandal that engulfed former President Richard Nixon or the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton did not inspire such unprecedented action.

“I don’t know anything else in history” that reaches the same level, he said.

“What we do not know is the total contents of the affidavit,” Sherwood said, which was used to obtain the search warrant.

“I know there has been a lot of discussion on which parts of the affidavit are to be issued. We don’t know what is the reason for this boom” which led to the 8 August raid.

Search warrant has ‘extremely wide’ scope

Sherwood said search warrants are specific and as a rule limited in their scope. “It must be so distinctive that no other residence can be” [Trump’s] in the world. It should also be very specific what you are looking for and where it is [located],

Sherwood said the scope of the search warrant, signed by Florida Judge Bruce Rinehart, was “extremely broad.” Several Republican lawmakers accused the DOJ of running a “fishing campaign” to dig up objectionable evidence against Trump.

“What information is there that we don’t know? There’s a lot here. The question is, how much truth is there in the information out there? It’s up for debate,” Sherwood said.

“I hope this doesn’t happen” in relation to an alleged fishing expedition. “It would mean that the affidavit was completely false and the person who did so is guilty of perjury,” he said.

“Every law enforcement in the land has the potential to be compromised. No one in this country would want to believe that an entire agency has been compromised. But as we all know today, trust in law enforcement has completely eroded.” Part of it is pre-Donald Trump,” Sherwood said.

A local law enforcement officer in front of former President Donald Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago on August 9, 2022 in Palm Beach, Fla. (Giorgio Viera/AFP via Getty Images)

Political Backlash Brewing

Sherwood said he believes there may be “absolutely” compromising individuals within the FBI, but hesitates to paint the entire agency with a broad brush.

“I can’t get to the point where the whole batch is screwed up. A local FBI branch office didn’t make that decision.” [to search Trump’s home], “You’re not doing that to know that political storm,” Sherwood said.

Federal investigators were allowed to search the “45 Office” all storage rooms and areas used by Trump and his staff for record keeping.

The search warrant pertains to any classified government or presidential records created between January 20, 2017, when Trump took office, and January 20, 2021, when he left the White House.

During the raid, federal agents confiscated a number of items, including Clemencey’s executive grant for conservative political adviser and lobbyist Roger Stone, and information about French President Emmanuel Macron.

They also seized a handwritten note, two photo binders, a leather box of documents, a possible presidential record and three passports.

Trump also claims investigators took privileged legal documents and executive materials in boxes and opened a safe.

“Grabbing a passport that’s probably not part of the search—totally unfair, shouldn’t be done. Never,” Sherwood said.

However, if there is clear evidence that law enforcement believes it is part of or connected to the investigation, “they can confiscate it.”

Sherwood said he considered it “highly irregular” that investigators turned off surveillance cameras during the raid.

“If it were me, I would want the camera turned on to protect the integrity of what I am doing as an agent – ​​as an officer,” he said.

Sherwood said federal agents did what they were taking without confiscating massive amounts of evidence.

issue of probable cause

What was the extent of the evidence used to obtain the search warrant?

“It’s probably a trillion dollar question,” Sherwood said. “The probable cause is the primacy of the evidence – 51 percent of the crime would have been committed.”

“It is always based on what is presented before a judge. The question is whether the evidence presented is valid or not. That is where the real attack point is. It is not beyond a reasonable doubt. It is for the purposes of the court.” is for “to determine.

Fbi affidavit hearing
Security Officer Paul G. Rogers guards the entrance to the Federal Building & Courthouse as the court holds a hearing to determine whether the affidavit used by the FBI as a justification for a search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property is sealed Must be done, August 18, 2022 at the US District Courthouse for the Southern District of Florida in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images)

Sherwood questioned the Justice Department’s timing of launching the raid nearly two years after Trump stepped down.

“What is unclear is what exactly is in the affidavit. [The DOJ] Maybe some of it is going to release.”

Sherwood said the media is primarily responsible for inciting fear and anger on both sides. However, the seeds of civil unrest began during the Obama administration and the 2020 riots.

He warned against any new acts of violence that could undermine positive conservative gains.

“In the court of public opinion, it’s a tough deal right now. In today’s world, it doesn’t take much time to provoke people over this issue,” Sherwood said.

“A lot of people are going to rally around it. If it’s politically motivated, it will have the opposite effect.” [and] Inspire both sides,” further dividing the country, he said.