On Monday (August 8), following the revelation that former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home was raided by FBI agents, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy warned that once Republicans win back the House they would investigate the Department of Justice, telling Attorney General Merrick Garland to “clear your calendar.”
In a statement published on Twitter, McCarthy stated, “I’ve seen enough. The Department of Justice has reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization.”
He continued his warning, saying, “When Republicans take back the House, we will conduct immediate oversight of this department, follow the facts, and leave no stone unturned.”
He then concluded by telling Garland to “preserve your documents and clear your calendar.”
The California Republican’s statement came hours after an early morning raid, where Trump stated agents had “broke” into a safe on the property.
McCarthy wasn’t the only Republican to criticize the raid, a host of others accused the DOJ of pursuing Trump got political purposes.
The former President himself called the move “political persecution,” noting that he had cooperated with the DOJ but was still subject to a raid.
A search warrant has never been executed on a former President’s residence, something Trump also noted in his statement.
Reports have surfaced that Trump’s residence was searched because of a request by the National Archive to the Department of Justice to investigate after authorities found classified material at the former President’s residence. However, the DOJ hasn’t commented on the validity of these claims.