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Republican lawmakers are reportedly at an impasse on whether or not they should be defending former President Donald Trump amid his latest flurry of legal woes. The party is also facing challenges with navigating some lawmakers' critical assessments of law enforcement over the Trump investigation.
A new analysis is breaking down Republicans' seemingly flawed response and how it underscores the cracks in the political party's foundation.
According to Axios, the analysis comes shortly after documents released on Friday, August 12, offered details about the search which reportedly involved "highly classified materials believed stored in violation of the law at the ex-president's private residence."
Prior to the release of those documents, Republicans serving on the House Intelligence Committee participated in a press conference where they continued to criticize the investigation, describing it as being politically motivated.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) scrutinized the investigation deeming it a "complete abuse" of authority as she suggested it was being conducted because the former president is considered to be "Joe Biden's most likeliest political opponent in 2024."
However, some Republicans on the committee have offered a more leveled approach to the situation. Per The New York Times, "Trump allies have told top Republicans to tone down their criticism of the Justice Department 'because it is possible that more damaging information related to the search will become public.'"
"It's incumbent upon everybody to act in a way that's becoming of the office they hold," said Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), a former FBI agent, "And that's not casting judgment on anything until you know all the facts."
Others have attempted to defend the former president. Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) said, “You can say nuclear weapons, but there are things that are highly, highly classified, there are things that are not extremely classified."
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is now selling merchandise on her website in support of a call to "defund the FBI" while Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) tweeted, "I will support a complete dismantling and elimination of the democrat brown shirts known as the FBI."
'He's not sure if it's Melania': Michael Cohen claims Trump is scrambling to find the Mar-a-Lago FBI informant
Speaking with MSNBC host Ali Velshi on Saturday morning, former Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen said that his former employer is likely obsessed with finding out who within his inner circle is feeding information to the FBI that led to the agency to request a warrant to search Mar-a-Lago earlier this week.
Along with Florida prosecutor David Aronberg, Cohen believes Trump has a "mole" in his midst who tipped DOJ officials off to the highly-sensitive government documents the former president was illegally hoarding at his Florida report.
According to Cohen, as far as the former president knows, his wife Melania could be the FBI informant.
"How is he feeling right now because someone in his circle, or somebody around him that may not be a trusted advisor or something, but somebody around him who knows stuff about him is now an informant for the FBI," host Velshi asked. "That much we know, the name's been redacted so we don't know who that is. What happens to Donald Trump when he feels that someone's betraying him?"
"Yes this is a big problem for him because under normal circumstances [garbled] quite a few people that are around him. So he is able to shift to the next person," Cohen replied. "Here, he is not sure he can shift to."
"He's not sure if it's Melania, he's not sure if it's one of the kids," he exclaimed. "Now you may remember, for over a year and a half, I've been saying that the whole issue with [Jared] Kushner to me just seems falsely odd in the fact that he who was secretary of everything in the White House, secretary of everything and that he seems to be escaping any sort of attention and , you know, any legal issues and so I've been saying for a long time, that just doesn't make a lot of sense to me."
"But, then again, it's just my opinion," he admitted. "I personally have always thought that Kushner was the guy that would end up turning on his father-in-law first."
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With the Department of Justice giving all the appearance so of closing in on Donald Trump after a search of his Mar-a-Lago resor,t followed by the release of the warrant used which suggests the former president may face espionage charges, a Florida prosecutor suggested Trump will be looking for someone else to take the fall for him.
Appearing on MSNBC's "The Katie Phang Show" with guest host Cori Coffin, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg claimed the ex-president looks like he is in a major legal bind.
After the host shared a clip of former FBI official Frank Figliuzzi explaining, "He can't have done this all alone and it's unlikely that he packed all those boxes, kept them in wherever they were at Mar-a-Lago, someone had to have knowledge of this and I think they're looking at other people as well," Coffin asked, "Dave, what is your take on that, whether investigators could be looking at others and Trump's circle?"
"I the agree with that and I think Trump will try to make someone into the fall guy," he shot back before joking, "Be careful, Mark Meadows."
"I do think the investigation is just beyond Donald Trump," he continued. "I think Trump has to be worried about the mole within Mar-a-Lago because there is a reason why they got a search warrant. They had someone on the inside who knew that Trump was allegedly lying about the possession of these documents and knew where it was located -- inside that safe."
"Here's the other troubling thing: based on the statutes cited, that mole may have also told the feds that Trump had destroyed documents," he added. "So, it's not just that Trump possessed documents, but that that secret source may have observed Trump destroying the documents, which is another crime altogether."
"So yeah, he's got a lot to worry about, because the one thing you know about Donald Trump, he values loyalty above everything else, even though loyalty, to him, is one-way street," he concluded.
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