Hogan says DOJ will need to prove importance of Trump search but calls out GOP response

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Sunday the Justice Department needs to be transparent in proving the importance of last week's unprecedented search of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago, but also criticized the reaction of other Republicans, who he says have been kindled anti-law enforcement sentiment.
“I still believe that transparency was and is crucial. I wasn't the type of person who was just reacting, just defending Donald Trump," Hogan told ABC's This Week co-host Jonathan Karl of the FBI's operation at the former president's Florida home. "But I understood that without anyone understanding what the issue was, it would and could lead to even more division and angry rhetoric on both sides."
"And so I was glad they came out and unsealed the documents at 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 will continue until people understand more."
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Hogan told Karl he was concerned after classified and other highly sensitive materials were found at Mar-a-Lago, according to a redacted copy of the warrant and accompanying papers released by the court on Friday.
Sources previously told ABC News the search was related to documents Trump took when he left Washington, including some records classified by the National Archives.
Through a spokesman, Trump claimed the files had been released. He said the investigation was politically motivated.
PHOTO: Gov. Larry Hogan is interviewed on ABC's This Week on Aug. 14, 2022. (ABC News)
"I think that's what we need to find more information on: what are the documents really and what are the implications from a national security standpoint?" Hogan said Sunday. "On the one hand, you can say, 'Well, the Justice Department, the FBI, and the federal judge all felt that they should do it, then it must be pretty serious.' On the other hand, given the lack of more transparency, people will continue to jump to conclusions."
Hogan, a vocal insider critic of Trump, also warned that other Republicans would escalate tensions over the ongoing investigation after some lawmakers, including Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, issued calls to "disappoint the FBI, the DOJ dismantle and rid the authorities of political prejudice and persecution."
Those comments continued after authorities said a gunman tried to break into an FBI office in Ohio following the search.
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"It's outrageous rhetoric," Hogan said. "My father, my uncle, two of my cousins ​​were FBI agents and I work with [agents] all the time, the state police work with them every day. These are dedicated law enforcement officers.”
Karl cited a photo of some House Republicans visiting and gathering around Trump after last week's search.
"I'm not sure that history will remember them all fondly," Hogan said.
PHOTO: In this file photo dated June 9, 2022, Gov. Larry Hogan speaks at a news conference at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md. (Brian Stukes/Getty Images, FILE)
"Look, I don't think anyone is above the law, but everyone is innocent until proven guilty," he said. "So we'll just have to see where this investigation goes."
Hogan has been coy about his own presidential ambitions, rumors of which have been fueled by his repeated calls for an anti-Trump future for the GOP and his recent trips to key primary states, including Thursday's must-visit Iowa State Fair for conservative presidential hopefuls.
“I'm traveling across the country to help people in this November election. I've been to 10 or 12 states in the past few weeks. And it's really great to be out there talking to people," Hogan said. "I will definitely be a voice and I will try to do everything in my power to get my party back on track because I want to win elections, not lose elections."
Hogan says the DOJ needs to prove the importance of the Trump search, but evokes the GOP response, which originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

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