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Justice Department pressed to explain raid on Trump's wealthy home

Unprecedented raid on US president's home angers Republicans

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Financial Times

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Courtney Weaver and James Polity of Washington

Trump supporters gather outside his Palm Beach, Florida estate after a raid by the FBI on August 9, 2022. REUTERS/Marco Bello
Trump supporters gather outside his Palm Beach, Fla., mansion following the FBI raid on Aug. 9, 2022. REUTERS/Marco Bello

US Justice Department says unprecedented raid on former US president's home sparked outcry from Republicans The FBI has since come under pressure to provide a fuller account of its raid on Donald Trump's Florida estate.

By noon Tuesday, the Department of Justice and his FBI announced that Trump had "a large group of federal agents."

Republicans said it was a politically motivated attack on those who have repeatedly raised the possibility of trying to reclaim the White House in 2024.

Mike Turner, the Republican leader on the House Intelligence Committee, issued a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray asking for an "immediate clarification" regarding the search.

"This action is unprecedented in the history of our country. Congress deserves an immediate response from you on the actions you have ordered," Turner wrote.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham described this as "a dangerous moment for the American Constitution."

"There has been constant pressure from liberals on the Justice Department to get Trump...remember, they've been trying to get Trump since he came down the escalator." Graham added, referring to Trump's announcement of her 2016 campaign.

But the criticism was not confined to Republicans, as Democrats also asked the Justice Department for more clarity. Those who warn that if the raid is related to an investigation into preserving the president's records rather than a more serious issue, it could jeopardize future investigations and give Trump a political boost. There are also.

He said that when raids involved only "trivial archive searches," they were "considered political tactics and undermined future credible investigations."

Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang said on Twitter: But it seems like excellent campaign material for Trump.

The Mar-a-Lago raid threatens to overshadow what he was shaping up to be as one of President Joe Biden's most positive developments. News of the investigation broke as they were celebrating a string of legislative victories culminated in passage of a major tax and appropriations bill that passed the Senate over the weekend. 67} Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida.

Former President Donald Trump's Mar Arago home in Palm Beach, Florida. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images/File

Democrats also responded to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the 1973 Roe v. and hoped to revitalize the voter base. A precedent establishing a federal constitutional right to abortion.

Democratic leaders hesitated to discuss the FBI raid on Tuesday. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer also declined to comment on the search.

Meanwhile, the Republican candidate sent a fundraising email to his supporters, citing the FBI's search for a majority in the House.

Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz tweeted: Americans have every right to sway & and demand answers as to why this raid took place in the most aggressive action taken against a former president in the nation's history.& 90}

But Hillary Clinton — who was investigated by the FBI for using her personal email server while secretary of state ahead of the 2016 election — appears to be enjoying the moment.

She tweeted a link to a page selling baseball caps and carried the slogan "But her email," but since losing the election to Trump, she has become a fan favorite among her supporters.

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