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Rep. Dan Crenshaw: Trump Mar-a-Lago search “hard to justify”

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that the FBI search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence was “hard to justify” for Republicans due to its unprecedented nature.

Why it matters: Trump and Republicans have broadly painted the search for example of government overreach, plus some have moved to portray it as President Biden attempting to damage his potential 2024 opponent.

What he’s saying: The FBI’s proceed to search Mar-a-Lago was “automatically political,” Crenshaw said.

  • “It is a very unprecedentedmeasure.You understand we’re seeking anex-president who may run again. … You cannot separate the legalaspects of the from thepolitical areas of it.You can’t.Also it doesn’t appear to melike they’ve acted responsibly because of that.”
  • “Why go on it to extreme extent?I believe that is why you’re seeingso much backlash fromRepublicans.You’re seeing everyone coalesce.Whatever side ofthe issue they’re on with Trump.We’ve seen a whole lot coalesce aroundthis one since it does seemunjust. …”
  • Crenshaw added he hasn’t seen “any evidence” that Trump was asked by the DOJ to provide the documents back. “Why go on it to the extreme extent?” the Texas congressman asked.

Crenshaw lamented what he referred to as “an extended history of loss ofcredibility at the Department ofJustice[.]”

Worth noting: The Texas lawmaker criticized his fellow Republicans who’ve called to defund the FBIin the wake of the search, but added that it is “not where 99% ofRepublicans are in.”

  • “[I]t makes us seem likeextremist Democrats.So Marjorie [Taylor Greene] and [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] can defundthe club should they want.Ninety-nine percent of Republicans aren’t onthat train,” Crenshaw said.
  • “What we wish is accountability. We wish transparency, and thecriticisms we’re levelingagainst the FBI and DOJ arefully warranted.It isn’t those criticisms thatlead to a crazy personattacking an FBI. It’s drastically wrong.That’s drastically wrong.”

What’s new: Trump is considering filing a motion that demands a “special master” to examine the data seized by the FBI from Mar-a-Lago, his attorney said on Friday.

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