Former President Donald Trump announced that FBI agents had conducted a raid of his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida, and some House Republicans were quick to take his side.
It was not immediately clear what the FBI may have been seeking, though the former president made a point of saying in a lengthy statement that agents “even broke into my safe!”
The Twitter account of the House Judiciary GOP, which is led by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, quickly remarked “Doesn’t the FBI have better things to do than harass the former PRESIDENT?”
Jordan would likely be the next committee chairman if Republicans take House control in November, which they are favored to do. Many Republicans and Republican candidates have outlined areas they want to investigate if given control, including President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.
House Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks, R-Ind., tweeted “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!”
Trump claimed political motivations for the unannounced appearance by federal law enforcement.
“After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate. It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024, especially based on recent polls, and who will likewise do anything to stop Republicans and Conservatives in the upcoming Midterm Elections,” the former president said in his statement.
CNN reported that Trump was not at the Florida residence at the time of the raid. He typically spends winters based at the Palm Beach property, but spends the summer elsewhere, including at his property in Bedminster, N.J. and New York City.
A White House official said that the White House did not have advanced knowledge of the FBI action and referred questions to the Justice Department, which declined to comment. However, the New York Times reported that the FBI appeared to be focused on potentially classified material that Trump had reportedly brought with him to the Florida property when he left the White House.
A spokesperson for the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot declined to comment on the FBI raid. The FBI search comes as the panel is taking a break but planning additional public hearings in September.