Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Tuesday slammed the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence, calling it "unprecedented" and an abuse of power by the Democratic Party.
On Monday, Trump confirmed that the FBI raided his residence at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, calling it a "weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don't want me to run for President in 2024." The raid was reportedly connected to Trump's alleged mishandling of classified documents, which had allegedly been moved from the White House to his Mar-a-Lago property.
Trump allies, including McDaniel, blasted the unprecedented law enforcement action and compared it to abuses of power against the opposition witnessed in third-world countries
"What you have right now is an unchecked Democrat Party," McDaniel told "Fox & Friends" on Monday, saying she was "horrified" by what occurred.
"This is unprecedented. It's deeply concerning, and to see this being done through the Presidential Archives Act is such an overreach," McDaniel said.
Trump's critics have dismissed the concerns of those that say the raid was a dangerous abuse of power. Democrats have pointed out that the FBI must have convinced a federal judge that agents had sufficient probable cause that evidence of a crime Trump committed would be at Mar-a-Lago.
Legal experts have also speculated that the raid must have been approved by the highest levels of the Justice Department because Trump is a former president.
But Trump supporters have responded that the FBI was caught presenting false evidence to a judge to obtain a warrant to surveil Trump campaign aide Carter Page. They say the FBI's actions with Page were politically motivated and so too is the raid against Trump.
McDaniel promised that if Republicans win control of Congress in November, the Biden administration and the FBI would be held accountable for any misconduct.
"President Trump is right when he compared this to Watergate. This is the government using an agency to spy on a potential opponent's campaign. And this is truly frightening; it is not what our democracy stands for," McDaniel said.
She added, "I think a lot of Americans right now, you guys, are afraid. I talked to many people last night. They said, 'If they're doing this to Donald Trump, what are they going to do when they have a stadium full of IRS agents coming after us after they tried to do the Ministry of Truth? They're going to cancel people or destroy people's lives who disagree with them. And it is really a scary time in our country."