Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) faced the heat on Tuesday after being called out on CNN for having “two standards” for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Donald Trump.
Turner, prior to his interview with anchor Pamela Brown, sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray asking him to explain the “unprecedented” raid at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on Monday.Advertisement
The interview comes a day after a number of news outlets reported that the FBI raid was linked to the Justice Department’s investigation into Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified materials as he moved from the White House to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
A search warrant for the Trump estate has yet to meet the public eye.
Turner suggested the raid was politically motivated and said that officials have treated Trump differently than Clinton for using a private email server while secretary of state.
“We have two standards where we have Hillary Clinton with her own computer system and classified information on it being given a subpoena and the ability to go through that server to see whether or not it’s personal material or official material,” Turner said.
“And this president ― president, not a secretary of state ― being raided. Clearly, two different standards, and we want to know why.”Advertisement
Brown pointed out a 2016 statement in which Turner asked for Clinton to be “held accountable for her extremely careless actions.”
Brown asked why he doesn’t share the “same concern” for Trump’s alleged mishandling of documents from the White House.
“Why was it concerning for you with Hillary Clinton and not now with Donald Trump?” Brown asked.
Turner responded that Clinton’s material followed her as she was working as secretary of state while the material allegedly in Trump’s possession may or may not be actually “classified.”
GOP Rep. Mike Turner: "We have 2 standards where we have Hillary...and this president, not a secretary of state, being raided."— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) August 9, 2022
CNN's Pamela Brown: You said before Clinton should be held accountable. Why not share the same concern with Trump?
Turner: They're 2 different things. pic.twitter.com/aNU7EY26nW
Brown brought the interview back to Turner’s claim that the Justice Department was going after President Joe Biden’s political rival.Advertisement
Seconds before Turner’s response, CNN began playing through a reel of “political opponents” Trump wanted the Justice Department to launch investigations on.
CNN is not messing around during this interview with Rep. Mike Turner (R) pic.twitter.com/KG0raczRYR— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 9, 2022
Turner then claimed that the Obama-Biden White House started the “politicization” of the FBI and Justice Department.
He also discussed a possible presidential run by Trump in 2024, something that makes him Biden’s “absolute” political rival.
Brown asked if Turner’s “absolute” political rival remark meant he was suggesting that Biden’s Justice Department “is trying to go after Trump” ahead of 2024.Advertisement
Turner quickly snapped back at the anchor on the air.
You can watch more of Turner’s fiery interview with Brown below.
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