Former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi went on MSNBC on Monday to show that the media’s obsession with Donald Trump is going as strong as ever. He claimed that Trump “inflames” people, and that the former president’s base “wants to act violently.”
“So, Frank, talk about what happens from the investigative side if the company is criminally charged today or later this week?” asked host Nicolle Wallace.
Former FBI Official Sounds Off
“I think there’s more coming,” Figliuzzi replied. “Let’s pay particular attention to what those charges are. Also, even the announcement, the public reporting that charges are coming, serves a purpose whether it’s intended or not for other people who have knowledge to think this may be the time. ‘I’d better come forward now.’ Let’s watch and see if there’s some evidence of other people coming in to cooperate if Weisselberg won’t.”
“We need to watch from a security standpoint how Trump and his cohorts portray this to their base, whether they will use rhetoric that inflames people toward possible violence or further undermines our criminal justice system,” the current NBC national security contributor added.
“Frank, you just mentioned a security concern, say more,” Wallace responded.
Figliuzzi Doubles Down
“Look, there’s a track record of attacking the investigators, attacking the prosecutors,” Figliuzzi said. “Anytime you do that, there is this sadly, a growing fringe element in our society that wants to act out violently because they seem to be so loyal to this former guy that when they think he’s being unfairly attacked they act out.”
“He seems to not only relish that but does nothing to contain that by saying, ‘I don’t mean you should be going and hurting people, that you should be attacking the courthouse or people’s homes,'” he added. “So this is a track record. I think we should get concerned about that.”
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“I think the people responsible for security in and around the D.A.’s office in Manhattan and the courthouse need to understand that kind of intelligence gathering is needed right now because they’re going to start to inflame people,” Figliuzzi concluded.
This piece was written by James Samson on June 29, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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