The sitting Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) stood on the side of the FBI after its search last week of Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s upscale resort residence. The governor appeared on ABC’s This Week hosted by Jonathan Karl and said that he was “happy that they (the Department of Justice) did come out and unseal the documents.”
But he noted that there were still “many unanswered questions,” according to The Washington Times:
‘I was happy that they did come out and unseal the documents on the search, and I think it was a step in the right direction. But I think we still have a lot of unanswered questions and we’re gonna continue until people understand more.’
Governor Hogan continued, saying that the GOP would call this “politically motivated and weaponization of the Department of Justice (DOJ),” ABC continued:
‘The one side is gonna say that this is just politically motivated and weaponization of the Justice Department, but … they have probable cause to come after him for things that could be really important.’
Both President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland have worked hard to separate the White House from the DOJ. AG Garland said he signed the warrant to seize the documents and items himself. Both the GOP and the Democrats were eager to have the contents of the search warrant released after the FBI took 27 boxes that Donald Trump’s residence. They were meant for the archives.
Hogan has been urging the AG, DOJ, and the FBI to remain transparent in this. Naturally, Trump and his minions called the search “politically motivated.” The Maryland governor has been one of the few Trump naysayers:
‘I was not one of the people that was just reacting, just defending Donald Trump, but I understood that, without anyone understanding what this was about, that it was going to and could lead to even further division and angry rhetoric from both sides.’
The Washington Times reported on the interview, too, with Hogan condemning the “outrageous rhetoric:
‘It’s very concerning to me. It’s outrageous rhetoric. First, we had the left talking about defunding the police and attacking police officers, and now we have the right saying defund these federal law enforcement officers. It’s absurd. It’s dangerous because we saw the one incident already, but there are threats all over the place.’
Hogan added that this week “was actually a win for Donald Trump.”
‘It seemed to motivate his base and people were rushing to his defense and feeling as if he was being picked upon and martyred. But I don’t think we’ve seen the end of the story yet.’
Check out Hogan’s interview on This Week below:
‘Larry Hogan says he won’t vote for the (sic) Dan Cox, the big lie-endorsing Republican nominee for governor in Maryland, but stops short of saying he’ll vote for Cox’s Democratic opponent.’
Larry Hogan says he won’t vote for the Dan Cox, the big lie-endorsing Republican nominee for governor in Maryland, but stops short of saying he’ll vote for Cox’s Democratic opponent pic.twitter.com/9vlcGkECL2
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 24, 2022
As the governor noted, this certainly is not the end of the Mar-a-Lago Gate.
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