'Un-American': GOP lawmakers lash out after FBI searches Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate
Republican lawmakers are not pleased with the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ (FBI) raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
Following the raid, many offered critical reactions to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), per NBC News.
Republican National Committee's (RNC) chair, Ronna McDaniel, lashed out, describing the raid as a partisan act to attack the former president.
In a statement released after reports began circulating about the raid, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) also chimed in with a critical assessment saying the DOJ had reached “an intolerable state of weaponized politicization."
The California lawmaker vowed that House Republican lawmakers would open their oversight probe of the federal department if they manage to regain control of the Congressional chamber during the midterm elections.
“Attorney General Garland, preserve your documents and clear your calendar,” McCarthy said in a statement.
Other lawmakers also expressed concern about the possible election implications and what it could mean for the upcoming midterms and the 2024 presidential election.
"We’re 100 days away from midterm elections. President Trump is likely going to run again in 2024. No one is above the law. The law must be above politics,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted. “However, launching such an investigation of a former President this close to an election is beyond problematic."
Republican governors have also sounded off.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) expressed disapproval of the raid.
Noem, according to the news outlet, referred to the search "as an example of the 'unprecedented political weaponization' of the Justice Department, adding that investigations into Trump by the agency over the years were 'un-American.'"
DeSantis described the raid as "'another escalation' in an effort to wield political power against the administration's adversaries, 'while people like Hunter Biden get treated with kid gloves.'"
However, the White House released a statement in its own defense insisting it did not receive a notice about the raid either.
"We did not have notice of the reported action and would refer you to the Justice Department for any additional information,” a White House official said.
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