Republicans support Trump after search

Republicans support Trump after search

After the search of former US President Donald Trump’s Florida property, several high-ranking party colleagues stayed behind him. Meanwhile, Republican Trump continued to attack the search, calling it a “coordinated attack” by the Democrats. He accused his successor, Joe Biden, of knowing about the search in advance. Meanwhile, more and more details about the action’s background are becoming known.

According to media reports, officials assumed that Trump’s team did not return all of the documents the former president took with him from the White House after his term. Thus, the missing documents must be important for national security.

The FBI searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on Monday. The background was apparently Trump’s handling of documents from his tenure. Earlier this year, it became known that the national archives responsible for storing presidential correspondence suspected several boxes with confidential material, among other things, in Trump’s private club. Trump finally turned over several documents to the official in January. Investigators are said to have visited Trump’s estate in the spring to speak with his team about the government documents that were taken, as reported by US media.

Exchange between investigators

After that, there was another exchange between investigators and Trump’s lawyers, he said. Officials eventually suspected that Trump or his team were still guarding important documents, the Washington Post wrote, citing anonymous sources. The FBI is said to have taken twelve boxes during the search. According to CNN, the former president’s security personnel, the Secret Service, were briefed on the operation about an hour before the search. The Secret Service eventually granted access, but did not actively assist in the search for the documents. Trump was not on his property during the action.

On Tuesday, he continued talking about research on the network he co-founded, Truth Social. “A terrible thing happened yesterday in Mar-a-Lago. We are no better than a third world country, a banana republic,” he wrote. He also accused US President Joe Biden of having been informed of the action in advance. The White House has rejected such claims. “The president was not informed and knew nothing about it. … No one in the White House was notified,” said Biden spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre. She declined to comment on the investigation.

Powerful Republicans Behind Trump

At the same time, powerful Republicans supported Trump. “Our cities are full of criminals, but Garland’s politicized Justice Department is targeting President Trump and members of Congress,” House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Attorney General Merrick Garland. Influential Republican Mitch McConnell, whom Trump himself repeatedly denigrates as an “old crow”, demanded that the Justice Department investigate the events immediately. Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley made a similar statement.

And even Trump’s former deputy Mike Pence supported Trump. “Yesterday’s action undermines the public’s trust in our legal system,” he said. The appearance of partiality on the part of the Ministry of Justice must be avoided. Pence recently distanced himself from Trump. He is said to have ambitions to run for president in 2024. Trump also continues to flirt with a candidacy but has yet to officially declare it.

Many Democrats recently urged Attorney General Merrick Garland to launch an investigation into Trump following the new findings surrounding the January 6, 2021 Capitol Hill attack. Critics accused Garland of being too hesitant. The search for Trump’s property in the course of the missing documents case was even more surprising. Recently, however, there have also been growing indications that the Justice Department was taking a closer look at Trump’s behavior around January 6 and the 2020 presidential election.

The Axios news portal reported on Tuesday night (local time) that the FBI had confiscated the cell phone of Trump ally Rick Perry. This is another sign that the Justice Department’s investigation into the 2021 attack on the US Capitol is gaining traction. Perry was part of the team around Trump that was actively working to overturn the 2020 election result. In a statement, Perry said three agents confiscated his phone while he was with his family. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment. (apa)