Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Calls FBI Raid of Trump Home “Abuse of Power”

Aug 10, 2022
Press Release
“Stench of Russia Collusion Hoax”

BRADENTON, Fla - Congressman Vern Buchanan today called the FBI raid of former President Trump's home an "abuse of power" that "resurrected the stench of the Russia collusion hoax."

Buchanan, speaking at a press conference following a hospital tour in Bradenton, said U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland should immediately explain to the public why such an unprecedented action against a former president was necessary.

“What was so important in Melania Trump’s wardrobe that required two dozen, gun-toting FBI agents to descend on Trump’s home in Mar-A-Lago,” Buchanan asked, referring to press reports that Melania’s clothing was subjected to inspection. “Wouldn’t a simple subpoena have been more appropriate if they wanted some documents for the National Archives?”

Buchanan said, "The raid at Mar-a-Lago was shocking and dangerous for the future of our democracy. Trump is not just a former president, he's also a likely presidential candidate in 2024 who may run against the current president."

The congressman added, "This is what happens in South American banana republics – not the United States of America.”

He said that when Republicans take control of the House in November, "We will launch an immediate investigation and hold the Justice Department accountable."