House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to “keep your documents and clear your calendar,” warning of an oversight investigation “when” Republicans take back the House in the midterm elections.
“The Department of Justice has reached an intolerable state of armed politicization,” McCarthy said.
House Republicans briefly discussed the FBI research during a conference call on Tuesday, multiple sources told CNN. Senior Republicans have made clear that they want answers and full accountability from the Department of Justice.
The call has been scheduled in advance to discuss the Inflation Reduction Act, which will appear on the House floor on Friday.
But at the top of the call, McCarthy kicked things off and then turned things around to MP. Jim Jordan, the top Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee, and MP. Mike Turner, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.
They reiterated their demands for accountability, but did not indicate what their specific oversight plans would be if they won a majority.
Trump is also scheduled to meet on Tuesday with about a dozen members of the House Republican Study Committee, led by an Indiana representative. Jim Banks, at his residence in Bedminster, New Jersey, according to a person familiar with their plans, provides a timely opportunity for the former president to rally members to his side after an FBI search.
Turning around Trump, many Republicans, including Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, attacked Democrats instead after news of the FBI’s research, with some saying Biden himself should be investigated.
“There must be an immediate investigation and accountability of Joe Biden and his administration arming this department against their political opponents — the likely Republican candidate for president of the United States in 2024,” the New York representative said. Elise Stefanik, a member of the House Republican leadership.
Missouri Republican Party Monday. Josh Hawley, a potential 2024 challenger, criticized Biden, saying he had “taken our republic into dangerous waters” and called on Garland to either resign or be impeached.
Former Vice President Mike Pence called on Garland to provide a “full accounting” of the FBI research.
“I share millions of Americans’ deep concern about the unprecedented search for President Trump’s personal home,” Pence wrote on Twitter.
“Yesterday’s action undermines public confidence in our judicial system and Attorney General Garland must report fully to the American people as to why this action was taken, and they must do so immediately,” he said.
While many prominent Republicans have been quick to criticize the Biden administration and defend Trump, others have taken a more muted approach as questions persist about why the FBI is looking into it.
The office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to comment.
Democrats responded that no one is above the law.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on NBC’s Today program that she first learned of the FBI’s research when it “flashes” on her phone, repeatedly saying she only knows what’s public.
“We believe in the rule of law,” Pelosi added.
and representative. Caroline Maloney, the chair of the House Oversight Committee that investigates Trump’s handling of the documents, called on the Justice Department to “fully investigate” the former president’s handling of the information.
“Presidents have a serious duty to protect America’s national security, and allegations that former President Trump endangered our security through the mishandling of classified information warrant the utmost scrutiny,” the New York Democrat said. “Although details of today’s actions in Mar-a-Lago are still emerging, it is clear that the Department of Justice must fully investigate President Trump’s potentially serious mishandling of classified information.”
A number of Senate Republicans have criticized the Justice Department’s action against Trump, the former and presumptive challenger to President Joe Biden.
South Carolina Mon. “President Trump is likely to run again in 2024,” said Lindsey Graham, noting that the midterm elections are in less than 100 days. “Launching such an investigation into a former president so close to the election is beyond problematic.”
The FBI research quickly became a talking point in the Florida gubernatorial race. “The MAL raid is another escalation in arming federal agencies against the regime’s political opponents,” Governor Ron DeSantis, a potential Republican challenger to Trump in 2024, wrote on Twitter, referring to the Biden administration.
Florida delegate. Charlie Crist, a Democratic candidate for governor, responded, “Governor DeSantis’ partisan reaction to this law enforcement action proves once again that he is more interested in doing politics than pursuing justice or the rule of law.”
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Rebecca Metzler, Zachary Cohen and Kate Sullivan contributed to this report.