by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is threatening to investigate Attorney General Merrick Garland for approving an FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Monday, alleging the Department of Justice’s decision to search the property was politically motivated.
The FBI’s search reportedly pertains to boxes of materials the former president brought back with him to his Florida resort.
The California congressman asserted that if Republicans take back the majority in the House, they will swiftly launch an investigation.
“I’ve seen enough. The Department of Justice has reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization,” he said in a tweeted note. “When Republicans take back the House, we will conduct immediate oversight of this department, follow the facts, and leave no stone unturned. Attorney General Garland, preserve your documents and clear your calendar.”
Trump-allied conservatives were quick to slam the Mar-a-Lago raid, which started around 10 a.m. on Monday, with top Republicans voicing support for the former president and calling for hearings.
“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!” Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (R-IN) tweeted.
“This is what happens in third world countries. Not the United States. Doesn’t the FBI have better things to do than harass the former PRESIDENT?” The GOP’s House Judiciary Committee account, which is run by ranking member Jim Jordan’s (R-OH) team, tweeted.
Trump confirmed federal investigators entered the premises in a statement on Monday evening, alleging the search was unwarranted.
“These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” he said in the statement.