Neil W. McCabe, National Political Correspondent
UPDATED 11:30 AM PT –Monday, September 26, 2022
The Florida senator chairing the National Republican Senatorial Committee this cycle told the audience at the National Conservatism Conference held here that he was outraged by the FBI’s Aug. 8 raid on President Donald J. Trump’s Palm Beach home Mar-a-Lago.
“This is the latest insanity from the Biden administration,” said Sen. Richard L. Scott (R.-Fla.), who is leading Republican efforts to take over control of the upper chamber in the midterms.
“This should terrify every American,” Scott said. “The Biden administration is abusing its power in weaponizing the federal government to go after a political opponent.”
The unchecked actions by the Justice Department against a former president signal to all citizens they are also at risk, he said.
“If Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland have no worries raiding Trump, then no Americans are safe,” he said. “If they can do this to a former president, they can do this to anyone—and that’s how you have to think about it.”
Scott then compared what the reaction from the mainstream media would’ve been if Trump had done the same thing.
“I think Joe Biden and Merrick Garland need to answer for the action they’ve taken,” the former Florida governor said.
“They need to be telling the American public exactly what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. If a Republican administration had done this to a former Democrat president, the media would have its hair on fire,” he said.
When Republicans take the Senate in November, Scott promised to hold Biden and his people accountable.
“This is a big deal and we cannot let this stand,” the senator said. “This cannot go on without answers, and we haven’t gotten answers.”
The former healthcare industry executive said the Mar-a-Lago raid was not an isolated incident, but linked to other actions, and things will only get worse with thousands of new IRS agents.
“The Democrats just added 87,000 new IRS agents so they can target hard-working American families,” he said.
Then, he asked the audience: “How many of you believe they’re going to go after Democrats? No. They’re going to go after you. They’re going to go after conservatives.”