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The GOP’s inauspicious knee-jerk reaction to the Trump raid

Julian Zelizer: We don't know much about what was in the search warrant used to raid Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. He says the raid concerned the removal of classified documents from the White House and that, according to Trump, agents raided his safe. Zelizer says a lot of influential people are reflexively shouting “witch hunt” and baselessly blaming President Biden for the raid in a way that bodes very poorly for whatever comes next in this process. Trump has marshaled his army of supporters to declare, in knee-jerk fashion, any legal scrutiny of him a deep-state operation. It's also an army that, it bears noting, was once quite consumed with the import of document security by would-be presidential candidates.

The Justice Department knows this decision will be harshly scrutinized. It also bears noting that this portion of the country was once laser-focused on keeping tabs on potentially sensitive documents. Trump's best attack on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign was her private email server. Many of those who raised alarm bells about that were very quiet when we learned that government documents had made their way to Mar-a-Lago. The question from there is whether this is a matter that merits a search warrant.