Judge Napolitano Slams DOJ Over Gibson Guitar Raid: ‘Unjustifiable, Use Of Force Was Criminal’
After it was revealed that the IRS targeted conservative groups, there are renewed calls for an investigation into the Gibson Guitar raid. In 2011, federal agents raided Gibson’s Tennessee headquarters, accusing the company of using illegal wood from overseas to make their guitars. Was this incident another example of the federal government punishing a top Republican donor?
Judge Andrew Napolitano told Megyn Kelly on America Live that the issue has resurfaced because “this administration has a penchant for seeking vengeance against those who want to speak out, and the owner of Gibson did so verbally by endorsing Republican candidates and financially by endorsing them as well.”
The judge said he’d like to know who in the Department of Justice gave the okay on the military-style raid. “The raid was unjustifiable. The use of force in the raid was criminal.”
After the government seized Gibson’s wood and effectively shut down their business for a month, the company now has $2.5 million in legal fees. Napolitano noted that Gibson still hasn’t received its wood back, nor have they been compensated for it as federal law requires of seized assets.
“It’s not the same as manufacturing methamphetamine,” he said. “If it was improperly imported, that is a civil wrong. It’s not a criminal one.”