Sen. Dan Sullivan issued a statement about the FBI’s raid on the home of former President Donald Trump:
“Like so many Americans, I am very disturbed by the unprecedented raid executed by the FBI against a former president. The Department of Justice at the highest levels—the attorney general and the director of the FBI—needs to explain the reasons for another FBI raid that has the appearance of the justice system being weaponized against political opponents,” Sullivan said.
“I have the utmost respect for our state and federal law enforcement officers, who have difficult jobs and who often do not get the respect I believe they deserve. But from Ted Stevens to the Huepers in Homer, to the EPA raids in Chicken, Alaska, and recently in the Mat-Su—I and so many other Alaskans are left with serious doubts about how federal officials are conducting law enforcement raids,” Sullivan said, referring to the 2007 raid on the Girdwood home of Sen. Ted Stevens, the 2013 EPA armed raid on miners in Chicken, and the busting down the door of Paul and Marilyn Hueper’s home in Homer in the search for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop.
“The worst thing in the world for our country is for Americans to start to believe the Justice Department and the FBI provide two tiers of justice. The department’s comparatively light treatment of Hillary Clinton’s gross mishandling of classified information reinforces that perception,” Sullivan said. “It is vital for our democracy that Americans have faith in our system of justice. I’m calling on the attorney general and the FBI director to give the American people the answers and transparency that they deserve.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski has not yet issued a statement about the shocking search of the Trump home for classified documents the Justice Department believes Trump has in his possession. She and Trump are considered political adversaries after she voted to convict him in his second impeachment trial, and he has campaigned against her, most recently at a rally in Anchorage. Trump supports Kelly Tshibaka for Senate this year.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy also expressed concern about the raid on Trump: “This raid on the 45th President’s home in Mar-a-Lago is very concerning, and should be concerning to all of us. This continues the politicization of the FBI against Donald Trump that started before he was even elected and continues to this day. Today’s action will only widen the divide in our country and further weaken trust in our Justice system. Presidents are elected by the citizens of this country, not by unelected bureaucrats using the FBI against their political opponents. This is smacks of Third World politics, and damages our standing in the world as a country that was founded on the rule of law.”