The FBI’s raid on former President Donald J. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Florida home immediately came under fire Monday night for some Republican state governors.
In a statement, Trump called the search, which appears to be focused on potentially classified material he brought from the White House to his Palm Beach home, “weaponization of the justice system,” and that he would be the president. accusing it of an effort to stop him from running for office again in 2024.
Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and South Dakota Governor Christy Nome underscored Trump’s remarks in their own statements condemning the “weaponization” of the federal government.
“They have pursued President Trump as a candidate, as president, and now as a former president,” Noem said. wrote on twitter, referring to the Department of Justice. “Using the criminal justice system in this way is unAmerican.”
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, former U.S. Attorney, said: said on Twitter The investigation is “unprecedented and alarming” and the probable cause affidavit authorizing the investigation should be made public.
“Normally it would have been sealed, but now that Trump has announced the raid, the probable cause should be made public,” he wrote.
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy wrote on twitter It said the investigation was evidence of “the FBI’s politicization of Donald Trump that began before he was elected and continues to this day.”
House Republicans loyal to Trump have directed their anger at the leadership of the FBI and Justice Department.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California threatened the Justice Department with “immediate scrutiny” if Republicans took control of the House in November’s midterm elections, while Attorney General Merrick B. Garland warned of being targeted.
“Attorney General Garland, please keep your papers and clear your calendars,” he wrote in a statement.
On Monday night on Fox News, Trump’s close ally, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, asked Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray for answers.
“What were you really doing? What were you looking for?” he said. “Would you like to talk to President Trump and have him give you the information you’re asking for? This is unbelievable.”