NRATV's Dan Bongino: Democrats responding to Trump being implicated in a felony are "doubling down on police state tactics"
Bongino: The Cohen sentencing document was "written like some kind of elongated romance novel"
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From the December 10 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Let's bring in Dan Bongino former NYPD officer, former Secret Service, agent author of Spy Gate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump. Good morning to you. Glad we're bringing up your book because the title is basically what we're talking about. They want to lock him up, they want to push jail time on him, you hear all these Democrats on the Sunday shows. What's your reaction?
DAN BONGINO (NRATV): You know, Ainsley, this is really scary stuff. I mean, I'm not exaggerating for effect on television here. I don't think anybody needs to do that anymore. It's not just that, you know, in the book I cover the scheme, and the malfeasance, and the misfeasance, and potential criminality used to take down Donald Trump. It's not just that they're apparently now going to get away with some of that. It's that they are actively doubling down on police state tactics. I mean, let's look at what they did. You may say, “Oh, come on, Dan, the police state, the Democrats? That's a little much.” Is it? Really? Are we sure? Let's look at things we know they did. They unmasked private American citizens’ phone calls. They were listening in on American citizens’ phone calls without a warrant. Legal, but the reasoning, questionable at best. They tapped into the NSA database. We know that, we've had a FISA court disclosure saying that. We had them misuse the FISA process to spy on Americans who still have not been prosecuted for any crime -- Carter Page. Explain to me again how this isn't police state tactics. And now they're doubling down and they want to throw the president in jail? For what? For civil violations?
BONGINO: Now on your point about how the prosecuting documents, which me, as a former federal agent -- involved in many federal cases, you just nailed it, they are never written like that. They are written with a Joe Friday,just the facts ma'am approach. Why is this written like some kind of elongated, you know, romance novel here? And the reason's very simple, Brian. This prosecutor is not looking for a criminal prosecution against Trump, I don't believe. He's looking to tell a story to the Democrat Congress that they can use for impeachment and that story needs details that are not legally necessary. But it needs it to tell a political story during their impeachment. That's exactly what this prosecutor is doing.
BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): And make him so politically radioactive by the time he runs for re-election they'll say okay, if he gets the nomination you can't put him in office again.
BONGINO: You just won the prize. You just nailed it. That is exactly what he’s doing.