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Pence tells Republicans to stop lashing out at FBI Trump search

Former vice president Mike Pence says Donald Trump’s supporters should hold to account the attorney general who ordered an FBI raid on the former president’s Mar-a-Lago estate, not the agents who carried it out.

August 18, 2022
By Holly Ramer
18 August 2022

Former Vice President Mike Pence has urged fellow Republicans to stop lashing out at the FBI over the search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home last week.

Speaking in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Pence was asked what went through his mind when he heard about the FBI search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home as part of a federal investigation into claims Trump took classified records from the White House.

“I … want to remind my fellow Republicans, we can hold the attorney general [Merrick Garland] accountable for the decision he made without attacking the rank-and-file law enforcement personnel at the FBI,” Pence said at the Politics & Eggs event at St Anselm College.

Former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate where FBI agents searched. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

“The Republican Party is the party of law and order. Our party stands with the men and women who stand on the thin blue line at the federal and state and local level, and these attacks on the FBI must stop. Calls to defund the FBI are just as wrong as calls to defund the police.”

Law enforcement officials across the country have warned about an increase in threats and the potential for violent attacks on federal agents or buildings by Trump supporters who believe the FBI went too far in investigating the former president.

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