Republican lawmakers and officials accused the Biden administration on Monday nights weaponizing the Justice Department for political ends after former PresidentDonald Trumprevealed that the FBI had searched his Florida home.
Allies were quick to back Trump’s declare that the unprecedented search of a former president’s home was politically motivated, with some vowing to do this on Capitol Hill.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif, said the Justice Department had reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization and vowed that Republicans would conduct oversight of the department should they regain the chamber in the November midterm elections.
Attorney General Garland, preserve your articles and clear your calendar, McCarthy said in a statement.
Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, who leads the Senate GOPs campaign arm, tweeted that the search was section of a brief history of the Biden administration’s “seeking” its political opponents, without providing any supporting details. Scott also demanded answers concerning the FBI’s actions, insisting that the bureau “must explain what these were doing today & why.”
A source acquainted with the problem said the search was linked with classified documents Trump is purported to took with him from the White House to his Palm Beach resort in January 2021.
Another source said it’s the Trump teams knowing that the investigation relates to the transfer of documents from the White House to Mar-a-Lago and that agents seized several boxes of documents.
The Republican National Committee’s chair, Ronna McDaniel, suggested the FBI activity was a partisan attack.
Countless times we’ve types of Democrats flouting regulations and abusing power without recourse,” McDaniel said in a statement, suggesting the only method to avoid Democrats “would be to elect Republicans in November.
Other Republicans raised concerns concerning the potential electoral implications, both in November and in 2024.
“Were 100 days from midterm elections. President Trump is probable likely to run again in 2024. No-one is above regulations. The law should be above politics, Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC tweeted. However, launching this investigation of a former President this near an election is beyond problematic.
Republicans that are considered potential White House contenders in 2024 also weighed in.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suggested the search was “another escalation” in order to wield political power contrary to the administration’s adversaries, “while people like Hunter Biden get treated with kid gloves.”
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem also described the search for example of the “unprecedented political weaponization” of the Justice Department, adding that investigations into Trump by the agency through the years were “un-American.”
A spokesperson for the Justice Department declined to touch upon the FBI search, and the White House said it had been not given an advance notice.
We didn’t have notice of the reported action and would refer one to the Justice Department for just about any more information, a White House official said.
Zo Richards may be the evening politics reporter for NBC News.