FederalStatewide NewsGov. Abbott Says Texas Will Hire ‘Dissatisfied’ FBI Agents After Raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

This is the second time Abbott has made such an offer to agents in disagreement with an action by the federal government.
August 10, 2022
The State of Texas will hire any “dissatisfied” agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after the agency’s raid at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, Gov. Greg Abbott told radio host Chris Salcedo on Wednesday.

“If you’re an FBI officer looking for a different opportunity in law enforcement, Texas needs a lot of it. And we got a lot of investigations,” Abbott said.

“If there’s anybody in the FBI who is dissatisfied with their working condition with their leadership, which, by the way, is not just Border Patrol and may not just be FBI, there are so many people working under the Biden administration that see how this administration is completely going off the rails.”

Abbott came out swinging this week, criticizing the White House for trying to “squelch dissent” with its search warrant execution. Other Texas Republicans lambasted the raid as well.

The raid was reportedly focused on classified documents Trump is alleged to have taken with him after leaving the White House.

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The governor made a similar comment last year when border patrol agents were accused of whipping Haitian migrants who crossed the Rio Grande illegally into Del Rio — an accusation proven untrue by an investigative report.

Shortly after, Abbott said the state would hire any border patrol agents against whom action was taken by the federal government.

“I came out multiple times and said that if those border patrol officers are punished in any way, the State of Texas will be proud to step up and hire them and add them to our forces that we have on the border to secure our border,” Abbott told Salcedo, “And the same principle applies here.”

No figures are yet available on how many border patrol agents have since taken up that offer by the state.


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