The raids were ordered by Bob Fletcher, sheriff of a St. Paul suburb. He probably didn’t have jurisdiction or legal power for some it and some St. Paul council members are not happy.
Bob Fletcher is a Republican from the formerly lily-white St. Paul suburb of Maplewood, which has for decades had an uneasy relationship with its southern neighbor. Bob Fletcher is also on the verge of losing his job, as a long-standing FBI corruption probe that has already taken out two of his buddies is drawing its net around him; he may well feel that he has nothing to lose and everything to gain by using extralegal methods to please his RNC pals.
Did anyone in the RNC know? How high up the food chain does this go? It’s difficult believe this thug was acting completely on his own.