Sen. Bill Haggerty (R-TN) said Americans should “certainly should be concerned” following the new disturbing details about the FBI’s raid on President Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago.
“I heard that they took his tax returns,” the Tennessee lawmaker told Starnes. “They can’t obtain them through, you know, any other method. So they’re going to use the FBI to go get them now, too.”
Hagerty said the FBI’s behavior is “beyond the pale.”
“This should never be happening in America,” he said. “You’ve got Joe Biden basically using the FBI to go after his number one political opponent. It is shocking to all of us.”
In his appearance on the “Todd Starnes Show,” Sen. Hagerty emphasized concern over new details released by President Trump regarding the FBI raid on Mar-A-Lago.
These details include the FBI searching through Barron Trump’s room, former First Lady Melania Trump’s personal garments, and even taking personal medical files and other personal records.
“This should never be happening in America. And you’ve got Joe Biden basically using the FBI to go after his number one political opponent. It is shocking to all of us. And when you look at the double standard here, I mean, we just got to blame the justice (system) in America right now under this administration,” Hagerty told Starnes.
Starnes repeatedly expressed his approval of these comments saying, “I think you’re absolutely right. And it’s important to hear those words coming from you, because, Senator, you’re not one of the firebrands.”
“You know, you’re not out there every single day on these issues. You’ve got a lot of other irons in the fire. So, for you to come out and say the American people need to be concerned about this, they need to be aware. That should speak volumes to the seriousness of this issue,” Starnes remarked.
Listen to the full conversation here:
The following is a rush transcript from the Todd Starnes Show which airs daily from noon to 3:00 p.m. EST.
TODD STARNES: [01:18:41] Anyway, want to go to the Patriot Mobile Newsmaker Line right away. Senator Bill HAGERTY from Tennessee joins us. Senator, good to have you on the program today. [01:18:51][9.9]
SENATOR BILL HAGERTY (R-TN): [01:18:52] It’s good to be back with you Todd. [01:18:53][1.0]
STARNES: [01:18:54] I’m just assuming you are not in the audience at the unveiling of the portraits. [01:18:57][3.0]
HAGERTY: [01:18:58] No, I was not invited to that unveiling and gladly so. [01:19:03][5.3]
STARNES: [01:19:03] We’ve got a lot to talk about Senator, I want to start with the news coming out of these FBI investigations, the raid on Mar-a-Lago. We learned over the weekend President Trump says they actually raided Barron Trump’s bedroom. The 16-year-old son of the president, Melania Trump’s private possessions were also rummaged through. Should we be concerned about all of this, Senator? [01:19:36][32.1]
HAGERTY: [01:19:37] We certainly should be concerned. What the Biden administration has done is absolutely weaponized law enforcement here in America to their own political ends. And, you know, I heard the point made very clearly. Our President revealed that Barron’s room had been raided. What about Hunter Biden? You know, they won’t bother Hunter Biden, who’s been, clearly involved in the massive Biden Inc. pay-to-play operation, getting money to the big guy and abusing his power. Instead, what they do is they go down and raid Barron’s room, a soccer player, a 16-year -old boy. It’s just beyond the pale. And the American public sees this time and they see right through it. What the Biden administration is trying to do is well beyond anything that’s tolerable here in America. This is moving us toward some sort of totalitarian state where there’s one party in control. Clearly, Biden thinks that should be himself and the Democrats. And we have got to stand up against this in November. And I feel good we will. [01:20:32][54.3]
STARNES: [01:20:32] Yeah, I’m with you on that. I think people have to get out to the polls and send a message about all of this. Again, President Trump just a few moments ago coming out and saying not only did they steal those passwords and the FBI came out and said, no, we didn’t do that. And then it turns out they had to admit they in fact, did do that. Now, the president is saying that they also took highly confidential medical files and medical history, all this information. You really wonder, what is the FBI up to and why would they overstep like that and take that sort of information? [01:21:06][34.5]
HAGERTY: [01:21:08] I know Todd. Now I heard that they took his tax returns. They can’t obtain them through, you know, any other method. So they’re going to use the FBI to go get them now, too. It’s just the whole thing is just, as I said, beyond the pale. This should never be happening in America. And you’ve got Joe Biden basically using the FBI to go after his number one political opponent. It is shocking to all of us. And when you look at the double standard here, I mean, we just got to blame the justice in America right now under this administration. You know, one for the Democrats where you let people like Hillary Clinton and her husband running one of the most corrupt pay-to-play operations in the world, the Clinton Foundation, you know, they’re allowed escape free with confidential information getting Bleachbit, but they never got searched. You know, Bill Clinton was able to keep all the tapes in his door that he took from the White House. He actually got a federal judge to agree that those were, you know, declassified by virtue of the act of him taking those tapes from the White House. Why doesn’t that same legal authority bind this Department of Justice? They’re making it up as they go along. It’s all political. And I think that the American public has had it. They have completely had it. [01:22:13][65.3]
STARNES: [01:22:13] I think you’re absolutely right. And it’s important to hear those words coming from you, because, Senator, you’re not one of the firebrands. You know, you’re not out there every single day on these issues. You’ve got a lot of other irons in the fire. So, for you to come out and say the American people need to be concerned about this, they need to be aware. That should speak volumes to the seriousness of this issue. [01:22:28][14.6]
HAGERTY: [01:22:41] Well, it certainly does, and it concerns me as deeply as any American. What I’ve been focused on up here are issues that relate to the economy because I’m a business person. Issues related to our national security, because I’m the only person serving here in the Senate who himself was a former ambassador. This is, you know, where you want to be. Where you want to try to serve your state is where you can make the biggest difference. But when you have the very foundations of America being attacked, you’re going to hear from me loud and clear. And this is one of those instances where you’ve seen a political party come in, take charge. They control now the House, the Senate, and the White House, and they’re abusing their authority like never before. Their policies have been disastrous for America. We all know that inflation is at record high levels with what they’ve done with energy, basically waging war on the fossil fuel industry here in America has made us weaker as a nation and then collapsed our Southern border. The crime rates are through the roof. We’ve got fentanyl deaths, you know, raging through America thanks to the collapse of the southern border. And over 160 different nationalities have been apprehended at our southern border since Joe Biden took office. So you think about the lack of our security, the disgrace that we’ve got since Afghanistan overseas, and the fact that the world has become far more dangerous. That’s what we need to be talking about right now. Instead, the Biden administration is going around forgiving student loans and having the president stand up at Independence Hall in Philadelphia and wage war on 75 million Americans calling us all unfit MAGA Republicans that are enemies of the state. It’s just shocking. It’s beyond the pale again. And I’ve had it. [01:24:16][95.1]
STARNES: [01:24:17] Senator Bill HAGERTY from Tennessee on the Patriot Mobile Newsmaker Line. Senator, I would be remiss if I didn’t ask you to weigh in on this national news story coming out of Memphis, Tennessee, with this horrible kidnapping and murder involving the granddaughter of a billionaire philanthropist, Eliza Fletcher. People are very concerned, and they’re especially concerned about the district attorney’s office and whether or not justice is going to be served here. [01:24:47][29.9]
HAGERTY: [01:24:48] Well, you’ve got a hardened criminal here. Somebody that’s already done this, you know, has done this crime before in terms of kidnapping, you know, sexual assault. But the whole thing is just beyond comprehension that these people are put back on the street. My understanding is that his entire apartment complex lived in fear of this guy, yet he’s roaming the street. He comes back and repeats the same crime. Clearly, he was not rehabilitated in the judicial system. And for him to have been put back on the street to create such a heinous crime, it’s just awful. My heart goes out to her family, to her students, to the people in the community that obviously loved her dearly. This sort of thing should never happen. I certainly hate to see it happening in my home state. We’ve got to get this under control. The crime situation in America has taken on a new twist since the Democrats came out with this whole defund the police thing. And, you know, it’s made it very hard for law enforcement to recruit good candidates because they feel like the American public in many cases, we’re not with them. That’s been true in these blue cities that have, you know, these Democrats that, you know, are in charge of enforcing the law as prosecutors. You know, these guys that are funded by George Soros that won’t enforce the law, they pride themselves on not enforcing the law. And what you have is a sense then of lawlessness and of an emboldening of the criminal class that results in, you know, a crime wave sweeping across our nation. And then it just came home to roost in Memphis. [01:25:41][52.3]
STARNES: [01:26:19] And, Senator, you know, you’re talking about economic development. You are a businessman. We just had Chase Carlisle and of course, the Carlisle family, huge developers here in Memphis. I’m a small business owner, but there are so many people that want to make their towns and cities all over America great. You can’t do that if there is lawlessness in the streets. [01:26:38][19.3]
HAGERTY: [01:26:39] That’s absolutely true. And you mentioned economic development. You know, Todd, I was the economic development chief in Tennessee for a period. And that was a time that we turned our state’s economy around. But one of the critical elements to making Tennessee attractive is to have not only a good business climate but a safe environment for families to live and grow. We’ve made Tennessee, I think, one of the most desirable places to live in America. But crime cuts exactly the way we need to be strong on crime. We need to be diligent as we look at, you know, paroling criminals like this. We need to be diligent as we look at who is responsible for prosecuting criminals in our cities and state. So it’s a real important area that we need to focus on, and it’s critical to our economic development as well, as you mentioned. [01:27:25][45.5]
STARNES: [01:27:25] Well said, Senator. We’re going to leave it there. Hope to run into you at Neyland Stadium sometime this football season. [01:27:30][4.9]
HAGERTY: [01:27:31] I look forward to that. Thank you very much, as always. Good to be here. [01:27:34][2.5]