Former Democratic presidential candidate and entrepreneur Andrew Yang on Tuesday condemned the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.
Trump announced Monday evening that his Florida home had been raided, reportedly in connection to an investigation into 15 boxes of classified White House documents that were allegedly transferred to his Florida home.
In a Twitter thread, Yang suggested the raid appeared to be “political” in nature and that this would cause the American people to potentially view the nation’s institutions as “unjust.” (RELATED: ‘Think About What They Could Do To You’: Lara Trump Issues Dire Warning To American Public After Trump Raid)
“I’m no Trump fan. I want him as far away from the White House as possible. But a fundamental part of his appeal has been that it’s him against a corrupt government establishment. This raid strengthens that case for millions of Americans who will see this as unjust persecution,” Yang’s thread opened.
It seems like this was authorized by a local judge and a particular FBI office without buy-in or notification of higher levels of government. But literally no one will believe that or make a distinction. It’s probably bureaucratic but it seems political.
— Andrew Yang🧢⬆️🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) August 9, 2022
“It seems like this was authorized by a local judge and a particular FBI office without buy-in or notification of higher levels of government. But literally no one will believe that or make a distinction. It’s probably bureaucratic but it seems political,” he continued.
The former president labeled the raid as “prosecutorial misconduct” and a “weaponization of the Justice System” in a statement Monday evening.
Trump, in a lengthy statement, says the FBI executed a raid on Mar-a-Lago today: pic.twitter.com/x2RwEEEGWD
— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) August 8, 2022
“These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” Trump said. “Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before. After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy vowed Monday evening Republicans would launch an investigation into the Department of Justice and Attorney General Merrick Garland over the raid. Republican Arizona gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake also called for “firing” the federal government in a statement Tuesday morning in regards to the raid.