Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, on Sunday criticized fellow GOP lawmakers who called for “defunding” the FBI following Monday’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican and Trump stalwart, last week called for defunding the federal law enforcement agency and even began selling shirts and hats with the words “Defund the FBI” printed on it. Representative Jeff Duncan, a Republican from South Carolina, also floated the idea of abolishing the FBI in a post on Twitter Monday. Meanwhile, a number of other GOP lawmakers attacked the FBI, accusing the agency of corruption and political bias.
“First we had the left talking about defunding police and attacking police officers and now we have these federal law enforcement officers,” Hogan said in an interview with ABC News. This week. “And that’s nonsense.”
The Republican governor said such calls are “dangerous” and added that “there are threats everywhere,” warning that “losing faith in our federal law enforcement and justice system…is a really serious problem.”
Many left-wing activists, who have supported the Black Lives Matter and Antifa movements, have called for defunding or abolishing the police during the massive nationwide protests following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer in May 2020. Some progressive Democratic lawmakers expressed support for the calls, but party leaders rejected the slogans while centrist Democrats pushed for increased police funding.
Newsweek contacted press representatives for Greene and Duncan for comment.
The FBI, with the approval of Attorney General Merrick Garland, raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago vacation home, looking for top-secret and sensitive compartmented information and other classified documents. . Trump and his allies have condemned the raid, with the ex-president calling it a “hoax” and an ongoing “witch hunt” targeting him.
“The FBI has proven time and time again that it is corrupt to the core. When do we abolish the Bureau and start over?” Duncan wrote in a Monday tweet.
“We need to defund the FBI, dismantle the DOJ, and rid the agencies of political bias and persecution,” Greene wrote in a post on Thursday on Twitter. “I believe in the people.
Notably, the congresswoman’s post retweeted sentiments expressed by left-leaning podcaster Briahna Joy Gray, who previously worked as a press secretary for Vermont’s progressive Democratic presidential campaign Bernie Sanders in 2020.
“Marjorie Taylor Greene is right about the FBI, in bad faith or not,” Gray wrote. She added that “the left should take advantage of the right’s new recognition of systemic biases and push to abolish the FBI – an institution that has always protected the power of the elites, not the people.”
While many Republicans allege the FBI acted in a politically biased manner, the federal agency is currently headed by a Trump appointee. FBI Director Christopher Wray, a Republican, was selected by the former president in 2017 after firing former director James Comey.
In early February, news broke that the former president had taken classified documents from his home in Florida, with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) confirming that it had searched for 15 boxes of documents. The ex-president did not deny the story at the time, saying it was a mix-up as his staff rushed him out of the White House.
After the boxes were returned to NARA, the collection raised further concern that the former president still had additional classified documents. Federal investigators began interviewing Trump staffers to determine what had been taken from the White House. The interviews and a broader investigation overseen by a U.S. attorney culminated in a grand jury subpoena against Trump in late May to produce specific documents.
When the documents were not turned over, the FBI and the Department of Justice chose to take the unprecedented step of executing a search warrant against a former president. A federal judge, in accordance with due process, approved the warrant, finding that the FBI had demonstrated probable cause. The warrant, which was unsealed on Friday, was for the recovery of top secret and other classified documents.
Trump described the FBI raid as part of a “scam” and “witch hunt” targeting him.
“Like all the other hoaxes and scams they have used to try to silence the voice of a vast majority of the American people, I have the TRUTH on my side, and when you have the TRUTH, you will ultimately be victorious! ” he wrote on Truth Social on Saturday.