Last week’s unexpected FBI raid of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club split the Republican Party.
Already, the GOP is divided between real conservatives and RINOs seeking to unite with Democrats.
Some Republicans criticize the Justice Department for the house search, while others advise their followers to wait until all the facts are revealed.
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After a week of explosive revelations beginning with the FBI operation to retrieve classified documents sought by the National Archives, including Attorney General Merrick Garland’s statement that he personally approved the request that set off the raid, and concluding with allegations that the former president may have illegally taken national security records from the White House when he left office, new developments have emerged.
Former President Trump has frequently asserted that the “classified” records have been declassified, and he and his counsel have requested the restoration of the materials covered by “attorney-client privilege.”
Members of Congress dispute the entire occurrence.
“On a bipartisan basis, Congress demands to see the goods.” We want to know what the Department of Justice and the FBI told the judge they would discover and what they really found. Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio, a Republican, stated on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday.
Now, it is evident that no one is above the law. Donald Trump is not a law unto himself. And neither is Attorney General Garland above the law.’
A federal judge authorized the search warrant and unsealed it on Friday based on an agreement between Trump’s attorneys and the DOJ.
However, politicians on both sides of the aisle, such as Turner, have urged the release of the affidavit, which would contain information such as why the warrant was issued in the first place.
Rep. Turner, a Republican, requested additional research but said that he had a “high degree of doubt” that the ex-president removed secret White House records that warranted a police raid on his residence.
We authorize them to be obtrusive and invasive. This should be used cautiously. There are further alternatives accessible to him. They will need to defend their nine-hour stay at the Trump property,’ Turner stated.
‘But we don’t have to speculate. We have all the clearance. Congress has all the powers of oversight. All Attorney Garland has to do is comply with the laws, provide this information to us, let us look.’
In one tense exchange, host Brianna Keilar pressed Turner on whether he himself would ever take classified documents home from Congress.
‘No,’ he answered, before adding: ‘And, quite frankly, I have been in the Oval Office with the president. I’d be very surprised if he has actual documents that rise to the level of an immediate national security threat.’
Meanwhile, his fellow House Republican, Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, expressed dismay at the heightened threat environment for Justice workers outlined in the recent in-house messages at the FBI and DHS.
‘I think when you saw the DHS bulletin about potential threats now to the agents, this is the whole fabric of our democracy and they have lost faith, many have, in the FBI and our institutions,’ McCaul said on CBS News’s Face The Nation.
‘I hate to see that as a former federal prosecutor.’
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, himself a former FBI agent, urged his fellow Republicans to calm their rhetoric about the DOJ.
‘I checked in with several of my colleagues in the past few days, Margaret, to make sure they were okay. Every single elected official, every single leader needs to mind the weight of their words,’ he told Face The Nation.
‘I think everybody needs to be calling for calm, everybody across the board. And everybody needs to respect our law enforcement, whether they be local, state or federal,’ Fitzpatrick said.
Meanwhile, others within the GOP have responded to the raid by accusing Garland of weaponizing the DOJ against one of President Joe Biden’s political rivals, citing Trump’s hints that he may run for president again in 2024.
The White House has repeatedly stated that, strangely, Biden had no prior knowledge of the raid, nor of Garland’s remarks on Thursday regarding it.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, one of Trump’s most vocal allies in Congress, announced on Friday that she had filed articles of impeachment against Garland, Daily Mail reports.
I just filed articles of impeachment against Merrick Garland. pic.twitter.com/WbNDWjItr3
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) August 12, 2022
Greene stated Garland’s personal approval for agents to seek a search warrant of Trump’s Florida home ‘constitutes a blatant attempt to persecute a political opponent.’
Before the warrant was unsealed she said the attorney general’s request to make it public ‘constitutes an attempt to intimidate, harass, and potentially disqualify a political challenger to President Joseph R Biden, Jr’ – despite even Trump calling for the document to be released.