Politics: Liz Cheney says she's 'ashamed' her fellow Republicans are putting the lives of FBI agents at risk with their post-Mar-a-Lago raid attacks

Trump talked his way into the DOJ asking for the release of the Mar-a-Lago search warrant

  Trump talked his way into the DOJ asking for the release of the Mar-a-Lago search warrant The DOJ said in a court filing that it decided to request the search warrant's release after Trump announced it and sparked a public firestorm.At a press conference, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department had taken the unusual step "in light of the former president's public confirmation of the search, the surrounding circumstances, and the substantial public interest in this matter." The attorney general also confirmed that he personally signed offon the pursuit of a warrant to search Trump's home.

Rep. Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican Scott J. Applewhite/AP © Scott J. Applewhite/AP Rep. Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican Scott J. Applewhite/AP
  • Liz Cheney slammed fellow Republicans for their criticism of FBI agents involved in the Mar-a-Lago raid.
  • Trump and some GOP lawmakers have claimed agents could have planted evidence.
  • "These are sickening comments that put the lives of patriotic public servants at risk," Cheney wrote.

Rep. Liz Cheney on Thursday blasted her fellow Republicans for putting "the lives of patriotic public servants" at risk following the immense criticism of the FBI after agents raided former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.

Trump allies insist FBI raid, potential Espionage Act investigation only strengthen his standing in a 2024 Republican presidential primary

  Trump allies insist FBI raid, potential Espionage Act investigation only strengthen his standing in a 2024 Republican presidential primary One Republican strategist claimed that the investigation "makes him pretty much unbeatable in a primary."On Friday, a federal judge unsealed a search warrant and receipt of goods that shows the Department of Justice seized top secret documents from Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort and that he could be charged with obstructing an investigation and violating the Espionage Act.

"I have been ashamed to hear members of my party attacking the integrity of the FBI agents involved with the recent Mar-a-Lago search," Cheney wrote on Twitter. "These are sickening comments that put the lives of patriotic public servants at risk."

Cheney did not name specific Republicans that she was calling out. This marks her first major comments since the FBI's search of Trump's property earlier this week. Agents were reportedly investigating whether Trump still had classified material that should have been turned over to the National Archives.


Video: Former President Trump allegedly tried to influence the Jan. 6 investigation by calling a witness (USA TODAY)

There are many Republicans who went beyond pushing for more information about the FBI's unprecedented action. Trump and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky even suggested that agents might have planted evidence to entrap Trump, which would be a blatant crime. The former president and others also compared the search to "third-world" dictatorships. Some on the right went so far as to claim that the nation's top law enforcement agency was now akin to the Gestapo, the Nazi secret police that help carry out the horrors of the Holocaust.

The far right is calling for civil war after the FBI raid on Trump's home. Experts say that fight wouldn't look like the last one.

  The far right is calling for civil war after the FBI raid on Trump's home. Experts say that fight wouldn't look like the last one. "People's sense of the civil and civic ways of resolving disputes" is "out the window," Fiona Hill told Insider, warning of the potential for "civil conflict."Just a small crowd of supporters had gathered as of 2 p.m. Several people who said they were part of Club 45 — an independent Trump-supporting organization — said more people would assemble from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., after people were done working for the day. Traffic was becoming more backed up by 3 p.m. By 5 p.m., about 60 people had gathered on the bridge.

As the top Republican on the House January 6 committee, Cheney has repeatedly gone after fellow Republicans for not taking the January 6 insurrection seriously. She has also refused to back down from her criticism of Trump even though it led to her ouster from House GOP leadership. Cheney faces a difficult fight to hold onto her Wyoming seat next week against a Trump-backed opponent.

Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a strong defense of his department and the FBI in the wake of the criticism.

"I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked," Garland told reporters Thursday. "The men and women of the FBI and the Justice Department are dedicated, patriotic public servants."

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Liz Cheney says she's 'disgusted' the names of the Mar-a-Lago raid FBI agents were leaked and accused Republicans of 'dangerous hypocrisy' .
Liz Cheney said it was hypocritical for Republicans to say "back the blue" and then attack FBI agents "for doing their jobs" in the Mar-a-Lago raid.Prominent Republicans, including Trump, spent the past two weeks admonishing the FBI after the agency searched his Palm Beach, Florida, residence on August 8 and seized government documents. The FBI said it had received an "unprecedented" number of threats following the search.

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