Several Republicans spoke out Tuesday in opposition to the FBI’s raid at former president Trump’s Florida estate.
However, few were as pointed as Florida Sen. Rick Scott.
“If Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray do not make public statements today explaining to the American people exactly what they did at Mar-a-Lago and why they will have lost what little public trust they may have had and no longer deserve to remain in office,” Scott said in a statement. “All related records must be made available to Congress NOW and every Republican must demand accountability. Since President Biden claims he didn’t know, he needs to come out today and demand that all facts be presented to the American people.”
“When Republicans retake the majority in the Senate, there will be a thorough and aggressive investigation,” Scott added, then went on to hammer Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“Everything needs to be on the table for AG Garland, including impeachment, if he doesn’t come out today and explain what happened. Today, the nation is watching and we demand answers.”
Sen. John Barrasso tweeted transparency on who ordered the raid and why.
Raiding a former president’s home is unprecedented.
The Justice Department needs to quickly and transparently tell the American people who approved this raid and why it occurred.
— Sen. John Barrasso (@SenJohnBarrasso) August 9, 2022
Sen. Joni Ernst tweeted how unprecedented the DOJ & FBI actions were while pointing out they also called parents terrorists and sat ideally by while Justices received threats and churches endured vandalism.
A totally unprecedented action by the DOJ and FBI — the same agencies who labeled parents domestic terrorists and sat on the sidelines while Justices were threatened and churches were vandalized.
The American people deserve answers, now.
— Joni Ernst (@SenJoniErnst) August 9, 2022
Dr. Ben Carson, who served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Trump administration, tweeted the actions of the FBI and DOJ were the ways of Mao and Castro.
Never in my lifetime did I think I would see an American law enforcement agency be run and weaponized like the FBI this evening. This is a frightening development in our modern political arena. This is the way of Mao and Castro, not Washington and Lincoln.
— Ben & Candy Carson (@RealBenCarson) August 9, 2022
Even staunch Democrats called for transparency. Former Gov. of New York, Andrew Cuomo, tweeted cautioning the DOJ, citing that the fallout could undermine the Jan. 6 Committee investigation without an immediate explanation. Cuomo’s reasoning isn’t palatable to conservative tastebuds, but the transparency is necessitated regardless.
DOJ must immediately explain the reason for its raid & it must be more than a search for inconsequential archives or it will be viewed as a political tactic and undermine any future credible investigation & legitimacy of January 6 investigations.
— Andrew Cuomo (@andrewcuomo) August 9, 2022
Conservative talk radio host, Dan Bongino, fumed on Fox’s Hannity. Bongino noted the U.S. is a constitutional republic and supposed to have a representative democracy. He called for anyone taking part in the Mar-A-Lago raid to be fired for committing a “constitutional abomination of our constitutional republic.”
“Sean, the difference between us and Kim Jong-un, right, is that we investigate crimes and then we look for people,” Bongino bellowed. “We don’t investigate people and then look for crimes. That is exactly what’s going on.” He denounced the agency as “flushing” its credibility down the toilet.
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