White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday repeatedly refused to deny that the Biden Justice Department has been weaponized against the regime’s political opponents.
“We’re just not going to comment on the Department of Justice investigation,” Jean Pierre replied when Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked, “Is this White House weaponizing the Justice Department and the FBI against political opponents?”
“The president has been very clear from before he was elected—very clear on this throughout his time in office,” she said.
“The president believes in the rule of law, the president believes in the independence of the Department of Justice,” Jean-Pierre replied, when asked the question again.
Doocy, at this point, pointed out that he was asking a simple yes or no question.
Jean-Pierre shot back, “it’s a yes or no for you. I’m answering the question, you may not like it, but I’m answering the question.”
The press secretary then repeated her talking point that the White House “is not going to comment on a criminal investigation.”
Doocy: "Is this administration weaponizing the Justice Department and the FBI against political opponents?"
Jean-Pierre refuses to give a definitive answer. pic.twitter.com/9A94rMQ6Bv
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) August 9, 2022
Jean-Pierre also claimed that Joe Biden heard about the raid in the news, like everyone else, and refused to say if Attorney General Merrick Garland signed off on it.
“I don’t have anything more to share,” she said.
Republicans have been up in arms over the FBI raid of Trump’s Palm Beach residence, with some—like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis—openly calling it “weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents.”
“The raid of MAL is another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents, while people like Hunter Biden get treated with kid gloves,” DeSantis tweeted Monday night. “Now the Regime is getting another 87k IRS agents to wield against its adversaries? Banana Republic.”
The raid of MAL is another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents, while people like Hunter Biden get treated with kid gloves. Now the Regime is getting another 87k IRS agents to wield against its adversaries? Banana Republic.
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) August 9, 2022
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted Monday night that the DOJ “has reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization,” and advised AG Garland to preserve his documents, and clear his calendar.
Attorney General Garland: preserve your documents and clear your calendar. pic.twitter.com/dStAjnwbAT
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) August 9, 2022
“The raid by Joe Biden’s FBI on the home of a former president who is also Biden’s chief political opponent is an unprecedented assault on democratic norms and the rule of law,” tweeted Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). “Biden has taken our republic into dangerous waters.”
The raid by Joe Biden’s FBI on the home of a former president who is also Biden’s chief political opponent is an unprecedented assault on democratic norms and the rule of law. Biden has taken our republic into dangerous waters
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) August 9, 2022
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said the raid shows that the Democrats are abusing their power.
“Absolute power corrupts absolutely,” McDaniel said in a statement. “Countless times we have examples of Democrats flouting the law and abusing power with no recourse. Democrats continually weaponize the bureaucracy against Republicans. This raid is outrageous. This abuse of power must stop and the only way to do that is to elect Republicans in November.”
Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Countless times we have examples of Democrats flouting the law and abusing power with no recourse, including Hunter Biden. Democrats continually weaponize the bureaucracy against Republicans. This raid is outrageous.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) August 9, 2022
On Fox and Friends Tuesday morning, McDaniel said the raid was “deeply concerning” and “such an overreach.”
'THIS IS UNPRECEDENTED': @GOPChairwoman Ronna McDaniel tells 'Fox & Friends' the raid of former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago home is 'deeply concerning' and 'such an overreach.' pic.twitter.com/XcMVi80Z1q
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 9, 2022
In a video Monday night, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio expressed deep concern over the Biden regime’s actions toward Trump, claiming that the United States “has never been a country where you take power—like becoming president—and now use that power to persecute their past or future political opponents.”
Biden is playing with fire by using a document dispute to get the @TheJusticeDept to persecute a likely future election opponent
Because one day what goes around is going to come around
And then we become Nicaragua under Ortega pic.twitter.com/LwODnsYtcr
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 9, 2022
In truth, the Obama administration repeatedly engaged in vicious retaliation against its political enemies—just not as openly and brazenly as the Biden regime.
In a separate video on Tuesday, Rubio questioned how Trump could be guilty of mishandling documents, when “the president has complete and final authority to decide whether something is classified or not.”
The FBI raid was unprecedented for America,but familiar to those in Florida who fled nations where political opposition was criminalized
If voters put us back in the majority we better have the guts to subpoena the records & make those who authorized this testify under oath pic.twitter.com/dcLTr01T6H
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 9, 2022