Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has put Democrat President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland on notice over the FBI’s raid of President Donald Trump’s Florida home, Mar-a-Lago.
Stefanik, the third-ranking House Republican, also issued a warning over the seizure of GOP Rep. Scott Perry’s (R-PA) cellphone.
As Slay News reported earlier, Trump ally Perry said three FBI agents seized his phone while he was traveling with his family.
The New York congresswoman accused Biden of weaponizing the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI before warning the president and AG that they “will absolutely be held accountable” when Republicans take back control of the House.
“Joe Biden’s FBI and Department of Justice have been fully weaponized against their political opponents,” she said.
“It is an absolute outrageous abuse of power and unAmerican for these agencies to raid the home of President Trump and seize the cell phone of a sitting Member of Congress.
“Attorney General Garland, Director Wray, House Democrats, and most of all Joe Biden will absolutely be held accountable.”
My full statement on Joe Biden’s FBI and DOJ’s outrageous abuse of power: pic.twitter.com/n0UaSDv6bB
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) August 10, 2022
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) echoed Stefanik’s sentiment, saying:
“Let’s be clear: This is a brazen weaponization of the FBI by Biden’s DOJ against his political opponent—while giving their political allies free passes.
“It’s exactly why the IRS shouldn’t get an army of 87,000 more agents.
“House Republicans will hold them accountable next year.”
Let’s be clear: This is a brazen weaponization of the FBI by Biden’s DOJ against his political opponent—while giving their political allies free passes.
It’s exactly why the IRS shouldn’t get an army of 87,000 more agents.
House Republicans will hold them accountable next year.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) August 9, 2022
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) issued a direct warning to AG Garland over the raid, saying:
“I’ve seen enough.
“The Department of Justice has reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization.
“When Republicans take back the House, we will conduct immediate oversight of this department, follow the facts, and leave no stone unturned.
“Attorney General Garland, preserve your documents and clear your calendar,” McCarthy said.
Attorney General Garland: preserve your documents and clear your calendar. pic.twitter.com/dStAjnwbAT
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) August 9, 2022