Rep. Liz Cheney said she's seen 'no evidence' the Mar-a-Lago raid was politically motivated despite some Republicans 'reflexively' attacking the FBI

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) speaks to supporters at a primary night event August 16, 2022 in Jackson, Wyoming. Cheney conceded her loss in today's primary.
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) speaks to supporters at a primary night event August 16, 2022 in Jackson, Wyoming. Cheney conceded her loss in today's primary.Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
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  • Rep. Liz Cheney said she's seen "no evidence" that the Mar-a-Lago raid was politically motivated.

  • Cheney said she was ashamed that some Republicans attacked the FBI agents who executed the warrant.

  • Cheney lost her Wyoming primary on Tuesday to Trump-backed candidate Harriet Hageman.

Rep. Liz Cheney said she's seen "no evidence" that the Mar-a-Lago raid was politically motivated, despite some Republicans "immediately" and "reflexively" attacking the FBI.

Cheney was speaking with Jonathan Karl, co-anchor of ABC's "This Week," who asked what her reaction was to the FBI's search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.

"I think that when you think about the fact that we were in a position where the FBI, the Department of Justice, felt the need to execute a search warrant at the home of a former president, that's a really serious thing for the nation," she said.

Cheney, who lost her Wyoming primary to Trump-backed candidate Harriet Hageman, added that she was ashamed that some of her fellow Republicans were so quick to go after the FBI agents who executed the search warrant.

"I just think that for us as a party to be in a position where we're reflexively attacking career law enforcement professionals in order to defend a former president who conducted himself the way this one did, it's a really sad day for the party," she said.

Republicans like Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky have suggested that FBI agents could have planted evidence in the boxes they seized, while Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia made calls to "defund the FBI."

Cheney said she was "disgusted" when she learned that some of the agents had received threats after a copy of the unredacted warrant was leaked.

"And that has now caused violence, we've seen threats of violence. The judge himself, the synagogue had to cancel services because of threats of violence. This is a really dangerous moment," she said.

Cheney has been a vocal critic of Trump's role on January 6 and is one of two Republicans investigating the Capitol riot.

The Department of Justice is investigating whether Trump violated three federal laws, including the Espionage Act, when he moved government documents from the White House to Mar-a-Lago upon leaving office.

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