House GOP members call for Mar-a-Lago raid affidavit to be released

Rep. Crenshaw said the FBI's raid is part of "a long history of loss of credibility" at the Justice Department.

Updated: August 21, 2022 - 7:13pm

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Top-ranking House Republicans are calling for the release of the affidavit used to justify the FBI's raid on former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida after a judge last week said a redacted version of the affidavit must be released.

Intelligence Committee ranking member Mike Turner (R-Ohio) told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday that the affidavit will give the public the information necessary to understand the FBI's justification for the Mar-a-Lago raid and why agents spent 9 hours in Trump's home when "they had other options besides just raiding the house" such as simply asking for the subpoena to be enforced.

"The mystery sort of here deepens, because we know Attorney General [Merrick] Garland himself has taken responsibility, said he approved it. And the American public wants the attorney general focused on issues like human and drug smuggling at the border," Turner said, explaining that if the federal government is going to investigate the former president, the American public wants "to make certain that this is to the highest level, there's an imminent national security threat."

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw called the search a "very unprecedented measure." 

Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," Crenshaw said: "You've seen (Republicans) coalesce around this one because it does seem unjust, and there does seem to be a long history of loss of credibility at the Department of Justice at the hands of the Democrats, and I think people are rightfully frustrated about that."