Florida Governor Ron DeSantis slams the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach estate on Monday night, calling it a “militarization” of federal agencies.
Mr. DeSantis, a Republican and potential rival to Trump in the 2024 presidential nomination, also linked the FBI’s action at Mar-a-Lago to the Democrats’ decision to strengthen IRS enforcement in their tax laws. and climatic.
“The MAL raid is another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against political opponents of the regime, while the likes of Hunter Biden are treated with protective gloves,” DeSantis tweeted, referring to the president’s son. Biden, who faces a federal investigation into his finances. “Now the regime gets another 87,000 IRS agents to wield against its adversaries? Banana Republic.
Mr. Trump said on Monday that a large group of FBI agents raided his property and broke into his safe.
The raid appears to be linked to investigations into Mr. Trump’s handling of classified documents.
Federal law prohibits the removal of classified documents to unauthorized locations, although it is possible that Mr. Trump could try to argue as president that he was the ultimate declassification authority.
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There are several laws governing classified information, including a law punishable by up to five years in prison that makes it a crime to delete such records and store them in an unauthorized location.
Another law makes it a crime to mishandle classified documents intentionally or through gross negligence.
Mr. DeSantis’ voice on this is noteworthy because he governs the state where the raid took place.
Polls also show that conservatives see Mr. DeSantis as a top alternative to Mr. Trump if the former president decides not to run or if legal challenges – particularly related to the January 6, 2021 riot in US Capitol – make it difficult for him to secure the 2024 GOP nomination.
• Jeff Mordock contributed to this story.