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The top two Democrats in Congress offered very different responses after the FBI raided former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to the raid on Trump’s house by saying the FBI had a justified reason to do so.
“All I know about that is what is in the public domain. I was surprised that it flashed on my phone last evening, so I don’t really have too much to say except that to have a visit like that, you need a warrant. To have a warrant, you need justification. And that says that no one is above the law, not even a president or a former president of the United States,” the Speaker said on MSNBC on Tuesday.
“But all of this should be made known to us over time. But I have no knowledge of it. I do know that there has been chatter. More than chatter about the presidential documents and how they must be preserved for history. And let’s see what the justification was for the raid. I just don’t know,” she said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is talking live with @SavannahGuthrie for her first interview since returning to Washington.
She’s speaking on the breaking news of the FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. pic.twitter.com/FyCR8T7s1I
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 9, 2022
However, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had a much different response and did not want to discuss the matter very much.
During an interview on MSNBC, host Rachel Maddow asked Schumer for a reaction.
Schumer said, “Well I know nothing about it other than what I’ve read like everybody else, so I think it’s wise for me to withhold comment until we learn more.”
“I know that you don’t want to talk about the substance of the matter at Mar-a-Lago —” Maddow said.
“No,” Schumer responded.
“— but I do want to ask your reaction to what Mr. McCarthy has said,” Maddow concluded.
“Look, I think we don’t, none of us know the facts and any comments are premature,” Schumer said.
Rachel Maddow finds that @SenSchumer is treading very lightly around the FBI's execution of a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago today. pic.twitter.com/GRdJkZnAnq
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) August 9, 2022
Republicans are still furious over the FBI raiding Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
However, according to a report Tuesday, it appears as though the FBI may have chosen a specific time to conduct the raid in order to save Trump some embarrassment — and even further outrage among his supporters.
Sources who spoke to TMZ said that generally speaking when the FBI executes a search warrant, the subject of the search is placed in handcuffs if they are at the location being searched, whether or not there are altercations between the subject and agents.
Once FBI agents ensure that the location where the search is to be conducted is secure, they then remove the handcuffs from the subject, while going on to prevent him or her from going into the areas being searched, TMZ added, quoting its sources.
But ahead of the raid on Monday, according to the outlet, the FBI took into consideration the political fallout and ramifications of actually placing a former president in handcuffs and thus decided to wait until he was not at Mar-a-Lago to carry out the warrant.
The ex-president was at Trump Tower in New York City on Monday.
According to Fox News, the raid “was in connection with materials that Trump took with him from his time as president.” The outlet quoted other sources who said the “National Archives and Records Administration referred the case to the Justice Department,” and agents “recovered 15 boxes of classified materials from” Trump’s estate, the outlet continued.
Trump addressed the search on his Truth Social platform after the fact.
“Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before. After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate,” he said.
“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,” he added. “Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries. Sadly, America has now become one of those Countries, corrupt at a level not seen before.”
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