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GOP reacts to Trump search with threats and comparisons to ‘Gestapo’

GOP condemnations of an FBI search at former president Donald Trump’s residence widened and intensified Tuesday. Lawmakers cast the search as the act of a tyrannical regime, using terms like “dictatorship” and “banana republic” Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla. said the federal government has gone the way of “the Gestapo.” The search was related to an investigation into the handling of classified documents, two people familiar with the probe said Monday. Some longtime GOP critics of the party’�s direction under Trump saw the overwhelming and virulent GOP response as part of a dangerous loyalty to the former president over the law. Others in the party dismissed suggestions the GOP reaction could fan extreme responses to the GOP

Many of the party’s top leaders are among those most forcefully criticizing the FBI. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Attorney General Merrick Garland to “preserve your documents and clear your calendar” Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, lashed out at McCarthy. “Responsible adults stand back and find out the facts and measure their words carefully,” Sen. Charles E. Grassley (Iowa), ranking Republican of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called for “transparency” on Twitter. Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee had a darker message, telling people on Twitter that “Democrats raise your taxes then send the FBI to raid your house”

GOP strategist: "If the president is prosecuted for crimes committed while in office, I am very concerned that this country could erupt in civil war" A former executive director of the Michigan GOP said there are “legitimate concerns” about the rhetoric stoking unfounded vitriol against the government. Many Republicans criticizing the investigation previously called for Clinton to be investigated — and pointed this week to the lack of charges against her as evidence of a double standard.