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After the previous President TrumpThe Mar-a-Lago home in Florida was raided by FBI agents, with Republicans blaming the Biden administration and accusing the Justice Department of “political weaponization,” while Democrats are praising the agency for holding Trump accountable for “mistakes.”
“MAL’s attack is another escalation of federal agencies’ weapons against political opponents of the administration, while people like Hunter Biden are treated with kid gloves,” said Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. “Now the administration is getting another 87k IRS agents to fight its opponents? Banana Republic.”
Multiple sources tell Fox News that the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid is related to items brought to Trump’s private residence after his presidency ended. The National Archives and Records Administration referred the matter to the Justice Department, which said it found 15 boxes of classified material at the residence.
House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy warned Attorney General Merrick Garland that extensive oversight by Republicans in Congress is headed his way.
“Attorney General Garland: Preserve your records and clear your calendar,” McCarthy wrote.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem blasted Biden’s FBI, calling the agency’s actions “un-American” in a statement posted to Twitter Monday evening.
“The FBI raid on President Trump’s home is an unprecedented political weaponization of the Justice Department. They have succeeded President Trump as a candidate, president, and now former president. Using the criminal justice system in this way is un-American,” Noem wrote.
“Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States. After working and cooperating with the relevant government agencies, this unannounced attack on my home was neither necessary nor appropriate,” Trump said on Monday.
The DOJ reported that it is investigating Trump’s conduct and conversations as part of its investigation into the 2020 election
“This is prosecutorial misconduct, weaponization Justice systemAnd the attack by radical left Democrats who desperately do not want me to run for president in 2024, especially based on recent polls, and they will do whatever it takes to thwart Republicans and conservatives in the upcoming midterm elections,” the former president continued.
But “squad” Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., went so far as to say the FBI is working toward “accountability” and that Trump should be in jail.
“That’s what happens when you break the law, try to steal an election and incite a deadly insurgency. Donald Trump should be in jail. I’m glad to see the FBI stepping up to accountability.”
Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., called Trump’s statement “defensive” on an MSNBC segment Monday.
“But look, the FBI doesn’t go in unless a judge signs a search warrant. That means they have some possible evidence of possible wrongdoing. And that’s something that the whole country needs to pay attention to and Justice Garland shows, Attorney General Garland is establishing this step by step,” he said.
“I think Attorney General Garland and the Department of Justice did a good job following the facts,” he said. “I think it gives me confidence that the Justice Department is really pursuing this in a thorough, objective and non-political manner,” Khanna continued.
Congressional Republicans also took to Twitter, criticizing the FBI’s “unprecedented” raid.
“The only things missing from the unprecedented FBI raid on President Trump’s home were Muammar Gaddafi’s sunglasses and Joe Biden’s cap,” Rep. Written by Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.
Rep. Jody Hayes, R-Ga., asked on Twitter: “What does the FBI know about Hunter Biden?”
Indiana’s GOP Rep. Jim Banks proposed the $739 billion Manchin-Schumer bill that passed the Senate, which expanded the IRS, condemning the FBI’s action.
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“If the FBI can raid the home of a former US president, imagine what 87,000 more IRS agents will do to you,” he quipped on Twitter.
Federal law restricts the removal of classified documents to unauthorized locations, although Trump, as president, may try to argue that he is the final declassification authority.