In a clearly desperate bid to look tough in MAGA world, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray demanding they hand over documents and appear in public hearings before House Republicans over the search of Mar-a-Lago.
The FBI served a warrant signed by a federal judge and approved by Garland himself to search Trump’s Florida resort, where they found boxes of classified information including some of the most sensitive and top secret information that he did not have the authority to take when he left the presidency in January 2021. Several classified folders were found empty, calling into question what Trump did with the info and where it is.
As the scandal unfolds and gets worse for Trump, House Republicans continue to throw a hissy fit about the legitimate search. After all, the Justice Department did subpoena the documents, and Trump’s own lawyers lied about him handing over everything.
Rather than ditch Trump, House Republicans continue to double down in support of a traitor and threat to national security. To that end, McCarthy bragged on Twitter about sending a letter to Garland and Wray demanding they turn over documents to GOP members of the House Judiciary Committee and appear at public hearings.
“The unprecedented nature of the FBI’s search of President Trump’s home and the broad public interest surrounding the raid require more than just a private briefing with the congressional and intelligence committee leadership,” McCarthy wrote. “The Biden Administration cannot ignore its obligation to submit to public hearings in the House Judiciary Committee, which is charged with broad oversight of the operations and functions of the DOJ and the FBI.”
“Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee have called on you to testify in public; the Administration’s failure to appear before the Judiciary Committee only willfully illustrates a desire by the DOJ and the FBI to avoid oversight by their committee of primary jurisdiction,” McCarthy’s letter continued. “We will not accept any unlawful attempts to limit congressional access to documents.”
🚨 NEW → Just put AG Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray on notice for their appearance in public hearings before @JudiciaryGOP concerning the unprecedented raid on President Trump’s home.
They must provide all communications and documents relating to the raid. pic.twitter.com/BgzOuo3dgY
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) September 2, 2022
Except that House Republicans have no such power to demand documents and public hearings because they are the minority party in Congress. Furthermore, McCarthy himself has refused to comply with a subpoena issued by the House January 6th Committee. And because it must be repeated, Trump is no longer president. He’s a former president who violated the Espionage Act and Presidential Records Act. He took classified documents with him and stored them in plain sight at his resort where foreign assets regularly visit, including those who are hostile against the United States.
Garland and Wray don’t have to do anything. They can laugh in McCarthy’s face because he has no power. But the House January 6th Committee should exercise their own power by referring McCarthy to the DOJ on contempt of Congress and obstruction charges and the DOJ should absolutely drop the hammer on him. Then he’ll learn what real power looks like.
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