Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader from Kentucky, refused to respond when asked about the FBI’s action at Mar-a-Lago, the former president’s mansion.
When asked about his reaction to the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid during a press conference, McConnell replied, “I’m here today to discuss the flood and the recovery from it.”
The news media tried to contact McConnell’s office for comment early Tuesday morning, and they have yet to hear back. The raid has not prompted any public remarks from McConnell, who has exhibited little concern.
Three Republican senators in leadership have criticized the operation so far, including conference chair John Barrasso (R-WY), committee chair Rick Scott (R-FL), and vice chair Joni Ernst (R-IA).
The White House “acted dumb” at the time, saying that President Joe Biden was unaware of the operation. “The president was not informed, nor was he aware of it. Nobody from the White House received a heads-up,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday.
On Monday night, Donald Trump was the first to confirm the FBI’s presence at his home in Palm Beach when he offered a lengthy statement.
“These are dark days for our country,” Mr. Trump stated in a written statement, describing his home as “currently under attack, raided, and taken over by a large group of FBI agents. This is something that has never happened to a President of the United States before.”
The raid was said to be concentrated on papers that Trump is alleged to have carried from the White House to Mar-a-Lago. The information, according to the report, may have included classified materials.
However, according to a May interview with Kristina Wong, Kash Patel, a former Trump head administration official, the claims that “classified documents were discovered at Mar-a-Lago are deceptive” since “the documents had already been declassified by then-Pres. Donald Trump, but the classification markings had not been updated yet.”