GOP Leadership in the House has responded forcefully to the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago, with GOP leader Kevin McCarthy directly calling out Attorney General Merrick Garland, and the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee tearing into the FBI for the raid.
McCarthy’s statement was straight to the point.
Attorney General Garland: preserve your documents and clear your calendar. pic.twitter.com/dStAjnwbAT
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) August 9, 2022
McCarthy’s tweet came hours after former President Donald Trump emailed supporters announcing the FBI was raiding his home in Mar-a-Lago. Trump was not at the resort at the time of the raid. It also comes after Garland in recent weeks indicated he was serious about moving forward on investigating the former president in relation to the riot at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee had strong words for and about the FBI after the raid became public. There is currently no indication that anyone on the Judiciary Committee or at the White House was made aware of the raid before it happened and was announced by Trump.
If they can do it to a former President, imagine what they can do to you.
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) August 8, 2022
Individual members of the committee also had comments to add.
Hunter Biden skates free while DOJ executes a political plot to destroy lives of political opponents. This is un-American and @Jim_Jordan led Judiciary Committee hearings in January can’t come soon enough!
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) August 8, 2022
In third world countries and banana republics they prosecute the former presidents/leaders and their staff. Right now, we look beneath them. We are in a race to the bottom.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) August 9, 2022
The Republicans are currently expected to take the House of Representatives in the November midterm election.
The raid appears to stem from classified documents that were removed from the White House and taken to Mar-a-Lago. The National Archives have been working for months to get those documents back to no avail. There does not seem to be any link between the raid and the Jan. 6 investigation put on by a separate House committee and one from the Justice Department.