Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) praised the FBI for not caving to partisan politics in her Sunday statement denouncing GOP criticism of the agency following its search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property as “destructive to our democracy.”
She said to NBC “Meet the Press” guest anchor Andrea Mitchell, “This is beyond politics.”
They’re just doing their jobs, according to Klobuchar. And we must allow them to carry out their duties.
On Monday, the FBI carried out a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, an unusual action against an ex-president.
The search was carried out, according to the warrant, which was revealed on Friday, after authorities had reason to believe Trump had broken the Espionage Act and other rules governing the handling of public data.
11 sets of classified objects, including one set labelled “various classified/TS/SCI papers,” or top secret/sensitive compartmentalized information, were found during the search. Trump claims to have declassified the materials on his own.
In the NBC interview, Klobuchar said she would defer to the Department of Justice in deciding whether or not to file an indictment against Trump if it determined he had broken the law.
“The law is king,” said Klobuchar. “The president isn’t king. And I would add to that the former president isn’t king. Everyone has to follow the laws.”
The Minnesota senator, who is a former county attorney, also raised alarm bells over a recent attack against an FBI building in Cincinnati on Thursday, tying it to recent GOP rhetoric that she said “concerns me so much.”
A man who is believed to have been in Washington, D.C. leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol allegedly tried to breach the building in Cincinnati while armed and wearing body armor, and he was ultimately shot and killed by police after a standoff.
“[These are] the kind of things that result when you’ve got a president that attacks law enforcement and attacks the law,” said Klobuchar on Sunday.
She said, “I thought the Republican Party used to support police enforcement.” “And I sincerely hope that some of them did today, as this rhetoric is incredibly harmful to our nation. These are professionals who are just going about their daily business.”