MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence urged fellow Republicans on Wednesday to stop criticizing the FBI over its search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home last week.
Speaking in New Hampshire, Pence was asked what went through his mind when he heard about the FBI search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, part of a federal investigation into Trump. As secret records were taken from the White House.
Pence, who like Trump is considering a 2024 presidential bid, said he was troubled by what he called the politicization of the FBI. He also said the Justice Department and Attorney General Merrick Garland should be more transparent about what led authorities to search.
But Trump’s former vice president also had a message for the GOP.
“I also want to remind my fellow Republicans, we can hold the attorney general accountable for the decisions he made without attacking law enforcement officials at the FBI,” he said in St. Anselm. Said at the Politics and Eggs event. College.
“The Republican Party is the party of law and order,” Pence continued. “Our party stands with the men and women who stand on the thin blue line at the federal and state and local levels, and these attacks on the FBI must stop. Calls to defend the FBI are as misguided as Calls to defend the police.
Law enforcement officials across the country have warned of an increase in threats and the possibility of violent attacks on federal agents or buildings by Trump supporters who believe the FBI has gone too far in its investigation of the former president. has gone