(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., called upon FBI agents and Justice Department employees to come forward with more information regarding the recent raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, the Daily Caller reported.
“I want to reiterate my message to the brave men and women who work at the FBI and the Department of Justice who are frustrated and concerned with the direction your agencies are taking,” Johnson wrote in a letter Wednesday addressed to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray.
“If you have witnessed wronging at your agency, please come forward and share your concerns with my office. You have a right to talk to Congress,” Johnson continued. “By exposing the truth, Congress can hold accountable those who continue to abuse our system of justice.”
According to the Wisconsin senator, the raid was “deeply concerning” to members of Congress, who have become increasingly skeptical of America’s intelligence agencies.
In the letter, he questioned the agency’s motives and timing, given its decidedly partisan nature.
“It occurred almost two weeks after I sent a letter to both of you highlighting recent whistleblower allegations which raise serious questions regarding the integrity of the FBI and your agencies ability to do its job without political bias,” Johnson wrote.
Of course, intelligence agencies have long felt free to do their work in the dark, considering themselves to be beyond the rule of law.
In this instance, the FBI seemingly felt little to no need to justify its raid other than to say that Trump has assaulted democracy. On Thursday, three days after the raid, Garland finally put together a press conference at which he took responsibility for the raid and pledged to release documents related to the search warrant that are currently under seal.
Republicans remained skeptical, however, that Garland’s change of tune was anything more than an effort to provide cover after having underestimated the level of public outrage.
“The FBI’s unprecedented actions against former President Trump, without any stated justification, only add to the mounting evidence of corruption within our federal law enforcement agencies and is yet another example of a multi-tiered system of justice and federal agencies being weaponized against the left’s political opponents,” Johnson said in his letter.
Johnson also noted the lack of public faith in American intelligence as the establishment insists that the FBI and CIA can be trusted.
“Given your history of lack of transparency and obstruction of my investigations, I am not confident that your explanation for the raid will be forthright, honest, or ease anyone’s concerns,” he added.
I have been ashamed to hear members of my party attacking the integrity of the FBI agents involved with the recent Mar-a-Lago search. These are sickening comments that put the lives of patriotic public servants at risk.
— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) August 11, 2022