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McConnell breaks silence on Trump FBI warrant: 'The country deserves a thorough and immediate explanation'
On Tuesday, 24 hours after reports that the FBI executed a search warrant at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago country club in Palm Beach, Florida, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued a statement on the matter, according to CNN's Brian Stelter.
"The country deserves a thorough and immediate explanation of what led to the events of Monday," said McConnell. "Attorney General Garland and the Department of Justice should already have provided answers to the American people and must do so immediately."
This comes after he initially refused to comment on the warrant during a trip surveying flood damage in Kentucky.
It also comes as several other Republicans, including Reps. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), have called for eliminating or defunding the FBI in retaliation for the investigation, and as Trump supporters online fantasize about starting a civil war.
The investigation is focusing on classified information the former president removed when he and his associates left the White House.
According to the Wall Street Journal, FBI agents seized 10 boxes of documents as part of the warrant.
'Narcissistic sociopath' Trump believes he's above the law — and it hasn't hit him that it's serious: Michael Cohen
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "The Beat," former President Donald Trump's one-time attorney and fixer Michael Cohen assessed the implications of the FBI search warrant at Mar-a-Lago.
One of the key things to consider, argued Cohen, is that Trump is still so arrogant that he believes he will not face any consequences for removing classified information.
"You and I know any decent lawyer could say, DOJ is taking this assertively," said anchor Ari Melber. "What does he say in this moment in he doesn't believe it's going get worse?"
"No he does not," said Cohen. "He's such a narcissistic sociopath he does not believe — he thinks he's going to beat all of this. He does not believe documents do not belong to him. You're not permitted to destroy documents, you're not permitted to take documents. They don't belong to him. Now, do I think some of the documents may be love letters from Kim Jong-un or a letter from the queen and he's just holding it so he can brag to somebody at Mar-a-Lardo while chowing down on a burger and ice cream? Absolutely."
"I will ask you this," said Melber. "He is the ultimate declassifying authority. He did have four years to learn the job, and it is a big job. But had he figured out by January 19th he could have declassified virtually all, if not all, of this stuff by declassifying it. He could have legally taken it back to Florida. I know I'm pushing. We have had these conversations before. Am I to understand that someone who just tries to make sense of the news that by the end of the term he didn't know he could use that power that way to avoid this entire search?"
"Absolutely," said Cohen. "They were busy thinking who they were going to pardon for money. Who knows what's really in that safe? Who knows what's in the information that the FBI now has their hands on? And again — I said this — I say gleefully, because everything that he did to people like myself, it's now a karma boomerang. He's now experiencing the full effect of the federal government and the weaponization, as he likes to call it against him. He is the ultimate weaponizer."
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Some of the most radical Republicans in Congress freaked out after GOP Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania had his cell phone seized by FBI agents executing a search warrant.
"This morning, while traveling with my family, 3 FBI agents visited me and seized my cell phone," Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) exclusively told Fox News. "They made no attempt to contact my lawyer, who would have made arrangements for them to have my phone if that was their wish."
"I’m outraged — though not surprised — that the FBI under the direction of Merrick Garland’s DOJ, would seize the phone of a sitting member of Congress," Perry added.
Perry, the chairman of the far-right House Freedom Caucus, has been subpoenaed by the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
And some far-right Republicans leaped to his defense, even though a federal judge found there was probable cause his cell phone contains evidence of a federal crime.
"The FBI has gone rogue and is doing the dirty work of a communist regime," tweeted Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). "Who is giving these orders?"
"They've declared war!" Rep. Ronnie Jackson argued in all-caps. "Now they’re seizing the phone of a sitting member of Congress. The regime grows more tyrannical every day. If we don’t win and win big in November, our country as we know it will cease to exist!"
"The Biden regime is out of control," argued Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY).
"This is America, and these Gestapo tactics are not welcome," said Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO). "There will be a reckoning."
"We will not be intimidated," Boebert added. "We will not back down to Biden’s thugs. Game on."
GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy said, "Garland has lost the trust of the American people and will answer for his abusive tactics."
Meanwhile, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) tweeted "defund the FBI" after two years of Republicans claiming Democrats are running on a "defund the police" message.
"Our country is becoming unrecognizable," Gosar said. "The FBI, and the Regime they take marching orders from, are the enemy of the American People."
"They must be stopped," Gosar demanded.