The leader of the US House GOP denounced the “armed politicization” of law enforcement after the search of the ex-president’s home
U.S. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) and other Republican lawmakers condemned President Joe Biden’s administration for raiding Donald Trump’s Florida home, warning they will investigate politicization of the Department of Justice (DOJ) when they regain control of Congress.
“The Department of Justice has reached an intolerable state of militarized politicization,” McCarthy said Monday night, hours after FBI agents executed a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. “When Republicans take over the House, we will conduct immediate oversight of this department, follow the facts, and leave no stone unturned. Attorney General [Merrick] Garland, save your documents and clean up your diary.
A “big group” FBI agents raided the former president’s home and broke into his safe, Trump said Monday. The search was reportedly linked to an investigation into Trump’s handling of classified documents. “Such an assault could only take place in broken Third World countries,” he said. “Unfortunately, America has now become one of those countries – corrupt on a level never seen before.”
Congressional Republicans fumed about the raid and demanded explanations from Garland and FBI Director Chris Wray. “Why don’t Chris Wray and Merrick Garland come before us this Friday and answer our questions?” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) asked. “If it’s so important to prosecute President Trump in this unprecedented way, come answer our questions in the House Judiciary Committee.”
Jordan argued that Democrats had used intelligence and law enforcement to pursue political enemies, as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) warned they would after Trump’s election in 2016. “First it was the Mueller investigation, then it was the first indictment, then it was the second indictment. And now it’s the January 6 committee, and none of that works, so they move on to that stage. They raid a president’s house.
Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said in a letter to Wray on Monday that the FBI director needed to explain to lawmakers the national security rationale for the Mar-a raid. -The girlfriend. “In the history of our country, this action is unprecedented,” he said, adding that as the top Republican intelligence official, he was unaware of any alleged security threats posed by the documents in Trump’s possession.
“I am exceptionally skeptical that this is anything other than politically motivated,” said Turner. “There are serious questions about the FBI’s unprecedented raid allegedly seeking classified documents at former President Trump’s residence.”
Trump has repeatedly hinted that he will run for president in 2024, setting up a potential rematch with Biden. Critics, such as Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida), have suggested the Jan. 6 committee of inquiry into the U.S. Capitol riot was convened to prevent Trump from running for public office again. Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pennsylvania) called the committee’s televised hearings a “Soviet-style show trial.”
“The FBI sent agents from Washington, D.C. to Mar-a-Lago for the sole purpose of furthering the bureau’s years-long campaign to overthrow President Trump,” Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) said on Twitter. She called the raid “a political witch hunt.”
Representing Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado) joined calls for an investigation into the FBI raid. “This Can’t Wait” she says. “We are turning into a banana republic at record speed.”