Numerous Republican legislators have voiced alarm over the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Monday.
Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming not only did not share these worries, but she criticized other Republicans for even bringing them up.
Thursday, Cheney tweeted, ” I have been ashamed to hear members of my party attacking the integrity of the FBI agents involved with the recent Mar-a-Lago search. These are sickening comments that put the lives of patriotic public servants at risk.”
I have been ashamed to hear members of my party attacking the integrity of the FBI agents involved with the recent Mar-a-Lago search. These are sickening comments that put the lives of patriotic public servants at risk.
— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) August 11, 2022
Clearly, any threats made against FBI agents or other public officials are improper and must be dealt as such. However, criticizing the motivations and honesty of agents does not constitute a threat.
There are several grounds to mistrust the Mar-a-Lago raid conducted by the FBI. First, the FBI and Department of Justice have not yet disclosed the search warrant’s justification.
Attorney General Merrick Garland stated at a press conference on Thursday that the government has filed an application to unseal the search warrant.
Attorney General Merrick Garland on FBI's search of former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago home: "I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter." pic.twitter.com/h3Ek1vCaAx
— CSPAN (@cspan) August 11, 2022
If the warrant is disclosed and demonstrates that the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago was appropriate, Americans will be able to rest certain that the Department of Justice did not misuse its authority. American citizens will continue to raise questions until this occurs.
This is especially noteworthy considering the apparent discrepancy of the raid reports. Garland stated during the news conference that he “personally endorsed the decision to seek a search warrant in this instance.”
Garland stated, “The department does not take such a decision lightly. Where possible, it is standard practice to seek less intrusive means as an alternative to a search and to narrowly scope any search that is undertaken.”
This would imply the FBI decided it was necessary to raid Mar-a-Lago because other “less intrusive means” were not viable.
According to a report from the New York Post, the warrant focused on presidential records and “evidence of classified information” the FBI believed were at Mar-a-Lago.
Sources close to Trump told the Post that Evan Corcoran and other lawyers for the former president “had been cooperating fully with federal authorities on the return of the documents to the National Archives and Records Administration.”
If those sources were correct, it would seem the FBI had no need to raid Mar-a-Lago in order to retrieve the documents. This is just one of many unanswered questions regarding the raid.
Asking questions about the motivations of FBI agents is not akin to threatening them or saying they are undoubtedly corrupt. Instead, many Republicans are seeking answers about the raid and whether it was appropriate.
The suggestion from Cheney that Republicans must blindly trust the FBI without asking any questions is simply ridiculous. The case obviously brings up a multitude of questions, and Americans deserve answers.
Of course, this sort of rhetoric from Cheney is exactly why she is in grave danger of losing in the upcoming Wyoming primaries.
According to a poll conducted by the University of Wyoming between July 25 to August 6, 57 percent of likely Republican voters planned to support U.S. House candidate Harriet Hageman, who is challenging Cheney for the Republican nomination.
Meanwhile, just 28 percent planned to vote for Cheney. The poll received 562 responses and had a margin of error of plus or minus four percent.