Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Sunday the Justice Department will need to be transparent to prove the significance of Donald Trump’s unprecedented Mar-a-Lago raid last week, but also criticized the response from other Republicans who he says have inflamed animosity against law enforcement. .
“I still believe transparency was and is critically important. I wasn’t one of the people who was just reacting, just defending Donald Trump,” said ‘This Week’ co-anchor Hogan. at ABC, Jonathan Karl, of the FBI operation at the former president’s house. residency in Florida. “But I understood that, without anyone understanding what it was about, it was going to and could lead to even more division and angry rhetoric on both sides.”
“And so, I was happy that they came out and unsealed the documents on the search,” Hogan said. “I think it was a step in the right direction. But I think we still have a lot of unanswered questions and we’ll keep going until people understand better.”
Hogan told Karl he was concerned after classified and other highly sensitive documents were recovered from Mar-a-Lago, according to a redacted copy of the warrant and related documents the court released Friday.
Sources previously told ABC News that the search was related to documents Trump took with him when he left Washington, including some documents the National Archives said were classified as classified.
Through a spokesperson, Trump claimed the files had been declassified. He said the investigation was politically motivated.
“I think that’s what we need to find more information on: what are the documents really and what are the implications from a national security perspective?” Hogan said on Sunday. “On the one hand, you can say, ‘well, the Justice Department, the FBI, and the federal judge thought they had to do this, so it must be pretty bad.’ On the other hand, with the lack of more transparency, people will continue to jump to conclusions.”
Hogan, a vocal intraparty critic of Trump, also warned of heightening tensions by other Republicans over the ongoing investigation after some lawmakers like Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene launched protests. calls to “defund the FBI, dismantle the DOJ and rid the agencies of political bias and persecution.”
Those comments continued after authorities said a gunman tried to break into an FBI office in Ohio after the search.
“It’s outrageous rhetoric,” Hogan said. “My father, my uncle, two of my cousins were FBI agents and I work with [agents] on an ongoing basis, the state police work with them every day. They are dedicated law enforcement officers.”
Karl cited a photo of some House Republicans who visited Trump after last week’s raid, rallying around him.
“I’m not sure history will be remembered fondly by all,” Hogan said.
“Look, I think no man is above the law, but everyone is innocent until proven guilty,” he said. “So we just have to see where this investigation leads.”
Hogan was coy about his own presidential ambitions, rumors of which have been sparked by his repeated calls for an anti-Trump future for the GOP and his recent trips to key primary states, including Thursday at the Iowa State Fair, a visit unavoidable. for conservative presidential candidates.
“I’m helping people in this November election all over the country. I’ve been to 10 or 12 states over the last few weeks. And it’s really great to be out there talking to people,” said said Hogan. “I will definitely be a voice and I will try to do what I can to get my party back on track because I want to win elections instead of losing elections.”