Monday’s unannounced Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home is not a moment for anyone to rejoice. The Justice Department is unleashing political furies it cannot control and may not understand, and the risks to the Department and the country are as great as they are for Mr. Trump.
As everyone knows by now, an FBI police action of this type against a former US president is unprecedented. Monday’s search required a court warrant serving probable cause in a criminal investigation. The Justice Department provided few details beyond what was leaked to reporters, so it’s hard to judge what the FBI was looking for.