Trump revives false claim that Biden authorized ‘deadly force’ for Mar-a-Lago search | Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s campaign has issued another extraordinary fundraising appeal to followers by reaffirming a debunked allegation that opponent Joe Biden was prepared to harm or kill him by authorizing the use of lethal force during an FBI search for classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate in August 2022. The assertion has gained traction among some Trump followers and is frequently termed by them as an “attempted assassination” – although it is based on a misquoted part of FBI policy in a legal motion. Furthermore, Trump was not even present in Florida during the search. The resurgence of the claim emerged late Sunday in the form of an email to supporters titled: “This is an Alert from Donald Trump.” “LETHAL FORCE? Biden authorized it. They brought guns to the raid on Mar-a-Lago!” it stated. “I’m exhausted from the Radical Left ruining this nation and attempting to ruin me,” it added, before listing raids, indictments, and arrests Trump alleges he has faced for political reasons. “Here’s the bottom line: I WILL NEVER SURRENDER. AND NEITHER WILL YOU!” The email concluded with a plea for donations of up to $500 and a demand to “drop all charges” against him. As detailed in the justice department’s justice manual, agents are permitted to use lethal force “when necessary, that is, when the officer has a reasonable belief that the subject of such force poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the officer or to another person.” It is standard practice in many instances, and the execution of a search warrant on Mar-a-Lago was communicated ahead of time with Trump’s Secret Service detail. In a statement, the FBI described the language as “a standard protocol limiting the use of lethal force. No one ordered additional measures to be taken, and there was no deviation from the norm in this matter.” Since leaving office in 2021, Trump is estimated to have spent more than $100m on legal fees and other costs related to various investigations, indictments, and defense costs – or approximately $90,000 daily. Most of those expenses are covered by contributions to political action committee and campaign funds set up to dispute the outcomes of the 2020 election. However, those accounts are depleting, and the former president could be facing a financial squeeze. But Trump’s statements overlook the reality that concerns about escalating political violence during this election cycle are mainly focused on the threat from the far right. “You know they’re just eager to do the unthinkable,” read the previous Trump campaign fundraising email, signed with the former president’s name. “Joe Biden was locked & loaded ready to take me out & put my family in jeopardy.” The government’s charges that Trump concealed classified documents taken from the White House at the end of his term and then refused requests to transfer them is currently stalled by legal challenges.

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Yet, the perception that the government itself is obstructing justice in Trump’s case is a potent fundraising tool for his campaign. Trump’s latest assassination-warning email arrives as his trial on campaign finance charges is drawing to a close in New York. Final prosecution and defense arguments are expected on Tuesday. Opinion polls indicate that the month-long proceedings have not significantly swayed opinion either way on Trump but have merely reinforced existing views. However, a verdict could alter that – or perhaps not. Either way, both presidential candidates are likely to capitalize on the outcome. Trump has turned the dingy corridor outside the courtroom into a campaign platform, with Republican allies appearing daily to show their support. According to Politico last week, Biden intends to address the issue once a verdict is announced. However, he may do so from the White House, not the campaign trail, to demonstrate his statement isn’t political. But with political tensions mounting, the reactions of both men will likely be interpreted primarily through a political lens.

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