On Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) called the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home “automatically political.” .
According to Crenshaw, “it is difficult to justify what the Department of Justice did” to obtain the classified documents.
“I’m not one to hold back criticism and even drive my own side crazy. I want to find out the truth,” Crenshaw explained. “But I’m going to be honest with you here. It’s hard to justify what the Department of Justice has done here, in my opinion. And here’s why. Here’s what it boils down to: There’s no question that it’s bad to have classified material in a non-SCIF environment, is there? This is a non-secret compartmentalized infrastructure. It’s wrong.”
“And I still haven’t seen any evidence that … Trump was even asked to turn over those documents,” he added. “He has been cooperating with them on these issues for quite some time now, for months. So why take it to this extreme? And I think that’s why you see so many negative reactions from Republicans.
Crenshaw argued that with the possibility of Trump running for office again, the “unprecedented” move was “automatically political.”
“It is an unprecedented measure,” he explained. “And you know that when you attack an ex-president who risks running again, it is automatically political. You cannot separate the legal aspects from these political aspects. You can not. And it doesn’t seem to me that they acted responsibly after that. And listen, again, why not just ask him?
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