Congressional Republicans have unloaded on the Justice Department minutes after former President Donald Trump was accused of mishandling classified documents and said he would appear at a Miami courthouse on Tuesday.
Senior Republicans immediately linked the charge to charges House Republicans have leveled against Biden family members based on sealed FBI documents based on information that has yet to be released or verified.
“If those in power can jail their political opponents at will, we don’t have a republic,” tweeted Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), coming to the defense of Trump, who led his supporters by chanting “lock”. her up’ during the 2016 campaign.
“DOJ indicts former president/candidate Trump SAME DAY DOJ/FBI restricts access to unnecessarily redacted Biden allegations And they wonder why people think there are two standards of justice,” the senator fumed Judiciary Committee Senior Member Charles Grassley of Iowa on Twitter.
Grassley has spent weeks joining Representative James Comer, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, in pressuring the FBI to turn over information containing allegations about Biden.
The furor came as a source told DailyMail.con that Trump had been charged with seven counts relating to possession of classified documents and obstruction of justice.
House Republican Conference President Representative Elise Stefanik, a former Trump critic turned top Trump loyalist, blasted the FBI and accused Biden of weaponizing the DOJ. She, too, referenced internal document FD-1023 that the FBI shared with lawmakers this week.
“If those in power can jail their political opponents at will, we don’t have a republic,” tweeted Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). He voted to oppose votes certified by Arizona and Pennsylvania on January 6, 2021
“On the very day the FBI is forced to hand over to Congress absolutely damning and credible allegations regarding Joe Biden’s illegal, flagrant, and treasonous corruption, Joe Biden is arming his Department of Justice to indict Donald Trump,” she said. said in a statement.
“The American people are smart and understand that this is the epitome of the federal government’s illegal and unprecedented weaponization against Joe Biden’s chief adversary, President Donald J. Trump. The radical far left will stop at nothing to interfere with the 2024 election to support the abysmal presidency and desperate campaign of Joe Biden.
She said she was committed to rooting out ‘rot’ in federal agencies and holding the federal government to account, and she echoed Trump’s own words, calling it an ‘illegal witch hunt against the president. Trump”.
Trump loyalist Rep. Elise Stefanik referenced ‘credible allegations of unlawful, flagrant and treasonous bribery by Joe Biden’ and slammed Trump’s indictment
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said there are ‘two standards of justice’
“In 2024, we will vote like this country has never seen before and elect President Trump to the White House to save America,” she said.
The decision by Special Counsel Jack Smiths’ office to bring the first federal charges against a former president is sure to draw intense scrutiny, regardless of the outcome of the case. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Smith after Trump announced his candidacy for president in order to remove the investigation from his direct oversight.
Since taking control of the chamber, House Republicans have already waged a crusade against the “weaponization” of the agencies and alleged malfeasance by the FBI.
‘This is a sad day for America. God bless President Trump,’ wrote Rep. Jim Jordan, the House Judiciary Chairman who heads a special ‘militarization’ subcommittee and who s is committed to eliminating alleged bias within the FBI.
As usual, Trump was his own strongest defender on Truth Social where he wrote that ‘The corrupt Biden administration informed my lawyers that I have been charged, apparently for the box hoax, even though Joe Biden has 1,850 boxes at the University of Delaware, additional boxes in Chinatown, D.C., with even more boxes at the University of Pennsylvania, and documents strewn across the floor of his garage where he parks his Corvette, and which n ‘is “secured” only by a paper-thin garage door that’s open Most of the time.’
He referred to several places where material marked “classified” was found on Biden-related properties.
This case is being reviewed by another special advocate. There are distinctions that can weigh heavily in favor of the president. His team says they have cooperated fully whenever government documents have been found, and that there have been no search warrants or lengthy and contentious negotiations as was the case with Trump.
Trump, who is at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, called it a “DARK DAY for the United States of America.”
A few days ago, the federal government announced that it was closing an investigation into former Vice President Mike Pence regarding documents discovered on his property.
“We should defund and dismantle the DOJ. I support President Trump,’ wrote Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Arizona), one of several Republicans subpoenaed by the House committee on Jan. 6 when Democrats were in charge.