March 2, 2024
Jared Kushner made his first comments on the FBI search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate over the weekend, saying the raid was a product of Trump's enemies "over pursuing" him.

Jared Kushner made his first comments on the FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate over the weekend, saying the raid was a product of Trump’s enemies “over pursuing” him.

Kushner, the 45th president’s son-in-law who served as a senior White House adviser, offered his thoughts on the shocking raid of the Palm Beach, Fla., resort while appearing on Fox News’ Life, Liberty & Levin to promote his new book, Breaking History. Host and conservative commentator Mark Levin asked Kushner to discuss the unprecedented incident, which has catapulted his father-in-law back into the headlines as he prepares to mount a 2024 presidential bid.

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“In the way that he drives his enemies so crazy, they always over pursue him and make mistakes in trying to get him,” Kushner told Levin. “And that’s basically what happened here. But, you know, what’s happening now is the same thing being done by the same people in the same way. They’re leaking to the same sources. They’re manufacturing fabulous claims that then get debunked, you know, shortly thereafter.”

“His fiercest critics really accuse him of breaking norms,” he continued. “But what we’re seeing here and what we’ve seen constantly over time, is that they do that exact thing. They break all the norms in order to try to get Trump.”

Kushner then referenced comments by El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele, who tweeted in the wake of the raid: “What would the US Government say, if OUR police raided the house of one of the main possible contenders of OUR 2024 presidential election?”

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“I saw the other day the leader of El Salvador put out a statement saying that if he would have raided the home of his largest political rival, the American government and the American media would be going crazy,” the former White House adviser said. “But here they’ve been celebrating this unfortunate turn of events that is giving a lot of people who want to believe in the fairness of the judicial system, and our democracy, a lot of pause and concern.”

The raid has unified many Republicans around the belief that there is a double standard in the FBI with regard to how it treats political figures of different parties. Attorney General Merrick Garland has faced specific criticism over his and the Justice Department’s handling of the search in recent weeks, including from Trump foes.

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