Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Sunday the Department of Justice will need to be transparent in proving the importance of the unprecedented search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago last week but also criticized the response from other Republicans who he said inflamed animus against law enforcement.
“I still believe that transparency was and is critically important. I was not one of the people that was just reacting, just defending Donald Trump,” Hogan told ABC “This Week” co-anchor Jonathan Karl of the FBI operation at the former president’s residence in Florida. “But I understood that, without anyone understanding what this was about, that it was going to and could lead to even further division and angry rhetoric from both sides.”
“And so, I was happy that they did come out and unseal the documents on the search,” Hogan said. “I think it was a step in the right direction. But I think we still have a lot of unanswered questions and we’re gonna continue until people understand more.”
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Hogan told Karl that he was concerned after classified and other highly sensitive materials were retrieved at Mar-a-Lago, according to a redacted copy of the warrant and related papers that the court released Friday.