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A new survey from Rasmussen Reports has found that U.S. voters are losing their trust in the FBI following the agency’s unprecedented raid on President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.
According to the survey, 44 percent of likely U.S. voters indicated that the raid made them trust the FBI less, and 46 percent now view the FBI unfavorably, along with 29 percent who purport to have a “very” unfavorable view of the bureau.
In early August, President Trump revealed that the FBI had raided his home in Palm Beach, Florida, citing “prosecutorial misconduct” and the “weaponization of the Justice System.”
He also called the raid “political persecution” and noted that the attacks had been going on for “years” with “the now fully debunked Russia, Russia, Russia Scam, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, and so much more, it just never ends. It is political targeting at the highest level!”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Rasmussen further found that 53 percent of surveyed voters agreed with former Trump advisor Roger Stone’s previous statement that Joe Biden has utilized the FBI as his “personal Gestapo.”
Among Republicans, 70 percent said that the FBI’s invasion of Mar-a-Lago made them trust the FBI less, which Rasmussen reported was up from 63 percent of Republicans in December 2021.
Over the past few weeks, the DOJ has warred with several media outlets, as well as the government watchdog organization Judicial Watch, on whether the probable cause affidavit that greenlit the search warrant that the FBI used to raid Trump’s home should be unsealed.
On Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart ruled that the DOJ would have until August 25 to release part of the affidavit with applicable redactions, per Fox News. He further ruled that more documents related to the warrant, as well as the application for the warrant itself, be unsealed.