The morning after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted a raid on former President Donald J. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida, former New York Governor Democrat Andrew Cuomo cautioned that the Department of Justice (DOJ) “must immediately explain” its reasoning or face a negative public perception.
Cuomo — who stepped down in 2021 in disgrace after being accused of sexual harassment by multiple women — has reportedly claimed that his own run-in with the law that led to his resignation was politically motivated. Cuomo — an outspoken Trump critic — now says that the DOJ risks undermining the January 6 Committee’s investigation into the president’s involvement in the protest that turned into a riot over the results of the 2020 presidential elections without transparency.
“DOJ must immediately explain the reason for its raid & it must be more than a search for inconsequential archives or it will be viewed as a political tactic and undermine any future credible investigation & legitimacy of January 6 investigations,” Cuomo tweeted.
DOJ must immediately explain the reason for its raid & it must be more than a search for inconsequential archives or it will be viewed as a political tactic and undermine any future credible investigation & legitimacy of January 6 investigations.
— Andrew Cuomo (@andrewcuomo) August 9, 2022
Cuomo’s tweet surprised many conservatives, given his previous anti-Trump rhetoric and leftist political stances.
“Even @andrewcuomo is disgusted by the communist style tactics used by Joe Biden and his corrupt DOJ,” CEO of X Strategies Alex Bruesewitz tweeted.
— Alex Bruesewitz 🍊 (@alexbruesewitz) August 9, 2022
“I didn’t think it would ever happen but Andrew Cuomo is 100% right here,” OutKick the Coverage’s Clay Travis added.
I didn’t think it would ever happen but Andrew Cuomo is 100% right here. https://t.co/oYkQ0YDkiF
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 9, 2022
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted, “When they’ve gone too far even for Cuomo….”
When they’ve gone too far even for Cuomo…. https://t.co/FO3fgtTls2
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 9, 2022
There were dozens of more similar tweets in response to Cuomo, but so far, the DOJ and the FBI have refused to comment.
Meanwhile, the White House has claimed that it was completely unaware that the execution of the search warrant would occur.
According to multiple reports, the White House said it learned about the raid on Twitter, at the same time the media did.
New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin tweeted Monday night, “Senior White House officials found out about the FBI’s Mar a Lago raid on Twitter, had no notice, per source familiar.”
CBS News reporter Ed O’Keefe said a top Biden official told him the same thing.
“No advance knowledge. Some learned from old media some from social media,” O’Keefe quoted a senior administration official when asked about the event.
In a lengthy statement, Trump initially announced the dramatic raid decrying what he characterized as a political move.
The investigation is reportedly centered around classified material Trump brought to Mar-a-Lago from the White House.