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House GOP backs Trump despite revelation FBI searched for nuclear documents

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House Republicans backed former President Donald Trump on Friday despite the revelation that FBI agents were looking for classified nuclear weapons documents during their search of his Mar-a-Lago estate this week, underscoring the stranglehold Trump’s stranglehold on the GOP.

Republicans also strongly criticized the FBI and Director Christopher A. Wray, who was nominated by Trump and confirmed by all Senate Republicans in 2017, over the execution of the search warrant and what they did. characterized as a lack of transparency in sharing information with Congress. about a criminal investigation.

The comments came a day after Wray denounced the threats and violent rhetoric against the FBI as “deplorable and dangerous”.

“I’m always concerned about threats against law enforcement,” Wray said. “Violence against law enforcement is not the answer, no matter who you’re mad at.”

A gunman wearing a body armor attempted to break into the FBI’s field office in Cincinnati on Thursday, sparking an hours-long standoff that ended when he was shot and killed after shooting officers, authorities announced.

Since the search of Trump’s property, Republicans have directed their vitriol at the FBI and Attorney General Merrick Garland, accusing the agency and department of overstepping the government, issuing threats and comparing the actions to Gestapo tactics. and “third world” political persecution, although the agents were executing a court-approved search warrant.

GOP reacts to Trump search with threats and comparisons to ‘Gestapo’

The Washington Post reported late Thursday that the classified documents were among items sought by FBI agents during the search, according to people familiar with the investigation. Classified information experts said the unusual search underscores the deep concern of government officials about the kinds of information they believe may be on Trump’s property at Mar-a-Lago and potentially in danger of falling between wrong hands.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Friday that keeping records related to nuclear weapons “doesn’t seem like a thing [Trump] would do.

Republicans blasted Garland even after the Justice Department filed a motion asking that the search warrant for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property be unsealed.

McCarthy said he agreed with Trump that the search warrant and related documents should be made public.

McCarthy also took aim at Garland, who said Thursday that he personally authorized the search of Trump’s residence.

“He’s got a real problem here,” McCarthy said. “Why would he divide the nation? … I think the Attorney General has a lot of explaining to do.

McCarthy suggested the Justice Department should have continued to seek Trump’s cooperation rather than conducting a search. He also said Garland should have spoken longer when he addressed the audience on Thursday.

“He just inflames the audience,” McCarthy said. “And why would you only speak for a few moments?”

Garland said Thursday he could not comment further due to the ongoing investigation.

Representative Michael R. Turner (Ohio), the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, suggested it was possible that Trump had nuclear weapons-related documents in his possession that were technically classified but not “really classified.”

Turner spoke at a press conference with fellow Republicans. He stressed that he did not know what documents Trump might have had. But in response to a reporter’s question, he offered some speculation.

“I can tell you there are a number of classified things that fall under nuclear weapons, but they’re not necessarily things that are really classified,” Turner said. “You can find a lot of them on your own phone as we stand here. And if they fall into that category, they don’t pose an imminent threat to national security that would rise to the level where you have to do raid Donald Trump’s house and spend nine hours there.

Speaking alongside Turner, Rep. Elise Stefanik (RN.Y.), the No. 3 Republican in the House leadership, called the FBI’s search a “complete abuse and overstepping of its authority.” and promoted baseless claims that the agency was protecting Hillary Clinton, former FBI Director James B. Comey and Hunter Biden, President Biden’s son.

Shortly after GOP members took the floor, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California), answering questions from reporters, said, “You would think there would be an adult in the Republican room that would say, ‘Calm down, see what the facts are, and let’s get to it instead of inciting… assaults on law enforcement,’ Pelosi said at a weekly press conference .

House members returned to Washington for a day to vote on Biden’s sweeping climate, health care and tax agenda – and faced questions from reporters. With the Senate on recess, The Washington Post contacted the offices of all Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

They did not have an immediate response.

Among other Republican senators, Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said, “at this point, we’re just waiting to get a copy of the search warrant,” while criticizing the FBI on the shares. of a former agency lawyer in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.


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