A guest post by Haley Sanibel of Blue State Conservative.

President Trump (left) witnessed the raid of his Mar-a-Lago home (right) live from Trump Tower in New York via security camera feed.

Lee Smith, an author, columnist, and documentarian who has covered the political and media disinformation campaigns against Donald Trump from the onset of his presidency spoke on a Breitbart editor’s Sirius XM podcast this week and made some of the most forceful arguments yet that the F.B.I. raid on Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate was rooted in a blatant effort to confiscate documents related to the “Russiagate” conspiracy.

Smith wasted no time analyzing the possible motives of the corrupt federal agency:

“I think the best way to understand this is in the context of a six-year-long operation targeting Donald Trump, Donald Trump’s aides, and Donald Trump’s supporters.

I have different colleagues and people whose insight and wisdom I trust very much, and they believe that what the FBI was looking for were documents related to … what the FBI called the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, but what most of the rest of us know as the Russiagate operation meant to target candidate Trump, then President-elect Trump, and then President Donald J. Trump.”

Breitbart covered the exclusive interview, writing that this effort to pin something on the former president needs to be seen as just the latest attempt to smear him.

“Smith noted that many of the FBI agents organizing the raid on Mar-a-Lago have been involved in the FBI’s ostensible investigation of Trump for years. He recalled a report from RealClearInvestigations titled, “FBI Unit Leading Mar-a-Lago Probe Earlier Ran Discredited Trump-Russia Investigation.”

Secret Service agents standing guard outside of Mar-a-Lago after the FBI’s raid /Reuters

He said political observers should view the FBI’s raid of Mar-a-Lago “as part of something that started in the spring and summer of 2016 … or perhaps earlier.” He added, “This was the effort to get Donald Trump.”

Smith continued:

“We need to remember these [are] intelligence agencies that Hillary Clinton was using to spy on the Trump campaign and to smear the Trump campaign,” he remarked. “This was in the Obama administration. There is no way that any of this happened without the White House knowing about it.

“Thanks to the whistleblowers — and thanks to Charles Grassley’s letters — now we have anti-Trump operatives at the DOJ and the FBI worried about who they can trust. Under our circumstances at present, that’s very important, and it’s very good news because we want them to look at each other. We want them fearful of each other. We want them suspicious.”

Smith elaborated on those points, pointing out how none of what transpired was rooted in constitutional order, nor is any of the political fallout. He stated that the affidavit was riddled with problems, and then in the aftermath, a true justice system would be charging, trying, and finding guilty any member of this operation.

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