State delegation reacts to raid of Trump’s home
Federal investigators searched the Mar-a-Lago home of former President Donald Trump on Monday, according to the Associated Press.
As more details have become available, it appears the investigation is related to potential violations of the Presidential Records Act during the presidential transition in 2021. The speculation over the cause of the search has ranged from allegations that the former president took classified documents with him when he left office, and even that some documents may have been destroyed.
Former President Trump was quick to release a statement on his Truth Social platform, decrying the hours long search of Mar-a-Lago.
“These are dark times for our nation, as my beautiful home … is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” Trump said. “It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024.”
His sentiments were shared by many other Republican lawmakers, including the North Dakota congressional delegation. Sen. Kevin Cramer released a statement to Twitter saying, “This is a total show.”
“The burden of proof and doubt does not rest where it normally would in a scenario like this one because we have a politicized and activist Department of Justice,” Cramer continued. “There needs to be a reckoning.”
Rep. Kelly Armstrong decried the search, declaring it “an unprecedented escalation of DOJ’s political intimidation tactics.”
Sen. John Hoeven’s response simply called for federal law enforcement to enforce the law impartially rather than politically, saying the “DOJ must be transparent with the American people.”
The National Archives and Record Administration oversees the preservation, ownership and control of presidential records. According to disclosures from NARA in February, the agency had previously recovered 15 boxes of records from Trump’s Florida home, with the former president vigorously maintaining that he has been providing presidential records to the archive “in an ordinary and routine process.”