PALM BEACH, Florida (LifeSiteNews) – Republican leaders and conservative commentators criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation for its raid on President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago residence in Florida on Monday.
The agency was reportedly conducting a search on behalf of the National Archives over boxes of classified documents the former president was storing at his home. He said he had been cooperating with authorities on the issue of storage of the documents and he had no forewarning of the raid.
“The FBI raid on President Trump’s home is an unprecedented political weaponization of the Justice Department,” South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem wrote on Monday night. “They’ve been after President Trump as a candidate, as President, and now as a former President. Using the criminal justice system in this manner is un-American.”
The FBI raid on President Trump’s home is an unprecedented political weaponization of the Justice Department. They’ve been after President Trump as a candidate, as President, and now as a former President. Using the criminal justice system in this manner is un-American.
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) August 9, 2022
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has officially crossed a line by weaponizing the FBI to target America’s most influential conservative leader — former president Donald Trump, a private citizen — without due process and with obvious political bias.
SIGN this petition to FBI Director Christopher Wray - condemn this blatant political policing againt former President Trump.
This single act has sent an unmistakable signal that anyone who holds a dissenting political belief from the leftist regime can have his or her life ruined by the Deep State — forcing them to defend themselves from a faceless FBI attack-arm of the federal government.
The FBI just proved that Donald Trump was right. He’s always been right.— Benny Johnson 🍊 (@bennyjohnson) August 9, 2022
No one will ever forget this.
We cannot stand for the complete corruption and weaponization of America's law enforcement, and especially not the FBI. We must stand united, bold, and patriotic — in the name of liberty, the rule of law, and American Greatness.
SEND A BOLD MESSAGE TODAY: WE ABSOLUTELY CONDEMN THE DESPICABLE FBI RAID ON A PRIVATE AMERICAN CITIZEN — AND WE WILL NOT STOP FIGHTING FOR AMERICA FIRST!
This kind of weaponization of federal agencies against private citizens who hold a dissenting worldview is seen only in third-world countries.
This is exactly why Americans must use their voices and shout even more loudly that this country is worth saving from the ideologues on the radical left who care only about power and control.
We won’t know how fully insane the FBI raid on Trump is until we see the warrant and warrant application. But after Russiagate – years of investigation predicated largely on Clinton campaign misinformation -- if the basis for this isn’t bedrock-solid, there should be hell to pay.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 9, 2022
Destroying 30K classified emails with a hammer and bleach doesn’t get your home searched. Remember that.— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) August 9, 2022
American patriots will continue standing in the way of the left's attempt at hostile takeover, and will always defend America from her enemies — both foreign and domestic.
SIGN NOW: Our Founding Fathers added their names to the Declaration of Independence, and now more than ever is it important to add your name to the growing list of patriots who uphold our inalienable rights and the promise of self-government.
The @FBI raid on President Trump was approved by Director Wray, who also claimed that the illegal FISA warrants used to spy on Trump were constitutional.— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 9, 2022
Today’s raid is outrageous and unjust, but predictable.
Stand up against the targeting of private American citizens from FBI raids - we refuse to back down!
P.S. — Nobody is safe from politically motivated attacks under the current DOJ. And with 87,000 new IRS agents joining the executive branch, the unaccountable federal government is only growing. Now is the time to push back before it’s too late! SIGN NOW AND STAND STRONG TOGETHER!
After todays raid on Mar A Lago what do you think the left plans to use those 87,000 new IRS agents for?— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 9, 2022
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis connected the raid to the planned hiring of 87,000 new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents as part of a massive tax and spending bill pending in Congress.
“The raid of MAL is another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents, while people like Hunter Biden get treated with kid gloves,” the Republican governor tweeted. “Now the Regime is getting another 87k IRS agents to wield against its adversaries? Banana Republic.”
The raid of MAL is another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents, while people like Hunter Biden get treated with kid gloves. Now the Regime is getting another 87k IRS agents to wield against its adversaries? Banana Republic.
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) August 9, 2022
Republican attorney Harmeet Dhillon also compared the raid to a banana republic.
“Raiding the home of your predecessor and leader of the opposition, to harass him and terrorize his supporters, is the kind of tinpot dictator garbage you don’t even see in faded European powers, only in the likes of banana republics. Biden is asleep, who’s making these decisions?” Dhillon asked.
Raiding the home of your predecessor and leader of the opposition, to harass him and terrorize his supporters, is the kind of tinpot dictator garbage you don’t even see in faded European powers, only in the likes of banana republics. Biden is asleep, who’s making these decisions?
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) August 9, 2022
Rod Dreher of The American Conservative called the raid “Late Roman Republic stuff.”
Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin also saw the raid as an example of political machination.
“One more example of our two-tiered system of justice. Who do you think they’ll weaponize the 87,000 IRS agents against? The answer is obvious. Their political enemies,” Johnson said, according to Daily Caller reporter Henry Rodgers.
Florida representative and congressional candidate Anthony Sabatini urged concrete action to retaliate against the Department of Justice (DOJ).
“It’s time for us in the Florida Legislature to call an emergency legislative session & amend our laws regarding federal agencies[.] Sever all ties with DOJ immediately,” Sabatini tweeted. “Any FBI agent conducting law enforcement functions outside the purview of our State should be arrested upon sight.”
Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy did not plan any immediate action but threatened a probe into the DOJ after the November election, should the GOP retake the House of Representatives. “When Republicans take back the House, we will conduct immediate oversight of this department, follow the facts, and leave no stone unturned,” McCarthy stated.
Donald Trump’s son, Eric Trump, said that the political establishment has been working against his father ever since he declared he would run for president in 2015.
“They slander him, they belittle him…they went after all of us [Trump family members],” Eric told Sean Hannity on Monday night.
“My father never got so much as a speeding ticket in his life until he made one decision:
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) August 9, 2022
“To have 30 FBI agents, actually more than that, descend on Mar-A-Lago, give actually no notice,” is all about trying to stop him in 2024, Eric said.
He also criticized the lack of investigation by the FBI into Hunter Biden’s potential crimes, such as firearm crimes, prostitution, illegal dugs and questionable business dealings.
Sean Davis of The Federalist also knocked the FBI and DOJ for its seemingly selective interest in crimes.
“Not a single one of Ghislaine Maxwell’s child sex-trafficking clients has been named. The FBI yawned when young girls told them [Michigan State and Olympics doctor] Larry Nassar was raping them. We all know where the American Stasi’s priorities are,” Davis tweeted.
Not a single one of Ghislaine Maxwell’s child sex-trafficking clients has been named. The FBI yawned when young girls told them Larry Nassar was raping them. We all know where the American Stasi’s priorities are. https://t.co/5HzwkMncRg
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 9, 2022
He was responding to a tweet from The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh that pointed out a lack of investigation into the potential murder of born babies in a D.C. abortion facility.
“Several months ago, physical evidence was uncovered indicating that an abortion clinic in DC has been murdering fully developed and already born infants,” Walsh wrote. “The DOJ refused to investigate. The FBI has not conducted any raids.”
Davis’ Federalist colleague Mollie Hemingway argued the raid is about “rigging yet another election.”
Paul Sperry with RealClearPolitics pointed out potential conflicts of interest in the investigation.
Conflicted DOJ officials briefed on the Mar-a-Lago raid:
NICHOLAS McQUAID: worked with Hunter Biden’s and Michael Sussmann’s criminal attorneys
LISA MONACO: Obama aide implicated in Russiagate
MAGGIE GOODLANDER: wife of top Biden aide Jake Sullivan, implicated in Russiagate
— Paul Sperry (@PaulSperry30) August 9, 2022
Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer declined to comment on the investigation when asked about it on MSNBC Monday night.