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After the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu criticized President Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland for not having a plan to prevent the investigation from being seen as purely political .
“Clearly, Biden and Garland, they had no strategy, they had no anticipation to say we’re going to take unprecedented action, so we better have an unprecedented outreach plan. And the fact that we’re weeks away, they don’t show no. cards, they don’t show anything, the lack of transparency, it’s outrageous,” Sununu said on Sunday. “And that’s where they’ve absolutely wanted it, and that’s where they’ve lost the trust of the American people because it just looks political.”
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Sununu, a Republican, said that for an unprecedented investigation, the administration should have worked hard to make sure it didn’t lose the public’s trust.
Sununu said he understands not wanting to release information during an active investigation, but said “this should have been thought of before” the search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s home was executed.
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“If they didn’t anticipate this kind of response from the American people, well, they’re morons,” Sununu said. “They really are. They’re absolute fools. Because you can’t go into a former president’s house, raid his house like that, and then say, well, we’ll get back to you later. It’s not acceptable to the American people.”
Republican Governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire is seeking re-election at the State House in Concord, New Hampshire on June 10, 2022.
Former Vice President Mike Pence was recently in the Sununu state, attacking Republicans who have reacted to the attack with calls to defund the FBI. Pence said that message is “as wrong as the calls to defend the police.”
Sununu agreed, saying Sunday that Pence is “absolutely right.”
“We’re Republicans! We support law enforcement every time,” he said. “But the strategy at the top has been a disaster, and they have to own up to that.”
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Sununu also addressed November’s midterm elections, which include the GOP trying to win a seat in New Hampshire with Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan up for re-election. Although his state is known for having the nation’s first presidential primary, the governor stressed the need for Republicans to focus on the present and not look too far ahead.
“If we don’t close the deal in 2022 as Republicans in this country,” he said, “2024 won’t matter.”