CNN host Brianna Keilar confronted Representative Mike Turner, an Ohio Republican, on Sunday after Donald Trump‘s social media marketing platform, Truth Social, promoted articles that publicly released the names of the FBI agents who have been mixed up in raid of his Mar-a-Lago resort residence earlier this week.
Truth Social reportedly sent a push alert on Friday to market articles by Breibart, a conservative website, that included an unredacted version of the search warrant, which revealed the names of two FBI agents, CNN correspondent Donie O’Sullivan reported.
“How is that not encouraging violence against federal police officers in this climate to recognize them?” Keilar asked the congressman on State of the Union, citing an incident where Navy veteran Ricky Shiffer tried to breach an FBI office having an AR-15 rifle in Cincinnati on Thursday and finished up being killed. A Truth Social account beneath the same name allegedly shared messages about attacking the FBI in the wake of the Mar-a-Lago raid.
“Obviously, I have no idea who you’re discussing on social media marketing. But…members of Congress have condemned, and I did so, and all the Republican members of my committee jointly…condemned any violence against any police officers,” Turner responded through the heated exchange with Keilar. “We greatly appreciate the service of most of our FBI agents, women and men, that are serving their nation.”
When repeatedly asked whether Trump also needs to condemn attacks against police, Turner said, “I believe always everyone should ensure it is very clear that is not a concern where violence is ever a remedy. I think you need to make it clear this is simply not a thing that should rise to the amount of violence.”
Turner continued to guard Trump contrary to the FBI raid, and said that “the FBI includes a history before of using bogus information.”
Keilar asked him again set up ex-president should condemn violence against police exactly the same way members of Congress did. Turner continued to state that Congress members condemn all violence against any police. At one point, he addressed this article ID’ing the FBI agents, and said he didn’t “know who said that.”
Keilar told the congressman: “I’m saying Breitbart reported it. His [Trump’s] social media marketing network put it out.”
Towards the finish of the segment, Turner demanded that Attorney General Merrick Garland “show us the products” that could justify the raid.
The lawmaker’s remarks come after Garland approved an FBI search warrant to retrieve ” inside info ” (TS) and sensitive compartmentalized information (SCI) at Trump’s residence. Recovered documents reportedly included information linked to nuclear weapons and “highly classified programs.” Meanwhile, some legal experts said that Trump is suspected to be in violation of the Espionage Act for keeping those documents.
On Friday, Trump said that the raid was unnecessary, he have been cooperating with authorities in the investigation, and he had declassified all of the documents.
“Number 1, it had been all declassified. Number 2, they didn’t have to “seize” anything. They might experienced it anytime they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago,” the ex-president wrote on Truth Social.
Newsweek reached out to Trump’s media office for comment.