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Trump investigation live updates: Pelosi condemns GOP for rhetoric after raid
August 12, 2022
Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee defended former President Donald Trump as they attacked the integrity of the Justice Department and the FBI during a news conference on Capitol Hill Friday.
“President Donald Trump is Joe Biden’s most likely political opponent in 2024 and this is less than 100 days before crucial midterm elections,” said Representative Elise Stefanik, the No. 3 House Republican. “President Trump’s FBI raid is a complete abuse and violation of his authority.”
Michael Turner, R-Ohio, ranking member of the intelligence committee, told reporters Republicans on the committee are “glad” that the Justice Department has begun releasing “some” information about the raid to the public, but called for more. . Turner said the committee’s Republicans want access to the affidavit outlining the “imminent security threat” justifying the raid.
“Our request remains that the Director of the FBI and the Attorney General disclose to this committee the immediate threat to national security on which they based their decision to order a raid on the President’s home, reiterating that there are many other options were available to them,” Turner claimed. “We believe these questions will remain unanswered after release today.”
“The real story will be with the release of the affidavit itself,” added Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa. “The Bureau and the Attorney General and the DOJ clearly made the decision that this extreme measure was necessary. We will wait for their reason why that extreme measure was justified and not for a less drastic remedy.”
Turner did not call for disclosure of the underlying affidavit, which is expected to remain hidden, but did say members of the intelligence committee and other competent committees should have access. He called on committee Democrats to support a subpoena for this affidavit if there is non-compliance.
The minority group leader, Kevin McCarthy, dodged ABC News’ questions about whether he supports the release of the raid approval warrant, instead saying he would like to see the Trump subpoena.
Trump received a subpoena in the spring for documents he failed to return to the National Archives, ABC News reports. It is not clear to what extent he obeyed. The Justice Department has not publicly confirmed the existence of a subpoena.
Stefanik promised a “fullsome investigation” if Republicans recapture the hammer in November.
“House Republicans are committed to immediate oversight, accountability and a thorough investigation to provide needed transparency and answers to the American people,” Stefanik said.
The group also emphasized that they have “full support” for those serving with the FBI and law enforcement agencies who have condemned any violence against agents, while also repeatedly questioning the credibility of law enforcement.