By Ray Bogan (Political Correspondent), Brian Spencer (Editor), Brent Jabbour (Producer)
Members of Congress want answers after the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. Everyone in Washington wants to know what FBI agents took and how they got the warrant approved.
Nothing has been released other than a statement from the former president himself that said they broke open his safe. He added, “After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate.”
Trump was not at Mar-a-Lago when the raid took place but in New York at Trump Tower. His allies in Congress said this raised great concern about the FBI using its investigative powers to harm someone politically, especially someone who appears to be on the cusp of announcing he’s running for re-election in 2024.
“This justice department is incredibly politicized. We do know the FBI in the past has targeted President Trump fraudulently,” Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said in an interview with CNBC. “Clearly the administration here has a lot of explaining to do about this.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she learned it happened through the news and knows nothing more than what’s already in the public domain. Pelosi said if the FBI had a warrant, there must have been strong evidence to obtain it.
“No person is above the law. Not even the President of the United States. Not even a former President of the United States,” Pelosi said on “The Today Show.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., stated: “The Department of Justice has reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization. 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.”
Eric Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity the raid was carried out so the National Archives could confirm Trump no longer has any classified or presidential records that are property of the federal government. In February, Trump handed over 15 boxes of documents, letters and other mementos from his time in office that officials said had to be kept in the custody of the National Archives under the Presidential Records Act.