Republicans push oversight and politics after Mar-a-Lago search

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., sounded a more cautious tone in an appearance on CBS Tuesday, but still said the search would “raise more questions” for him.

“We need to let this play out and see exactly what happens, but we should all have been stunned and surprised and shocked at what happened yesterday,” Scott said.

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Republican members of Congress face another wildcard: What else the Justice Department might do in this and other various probes, including one about the origins of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters.

One of Trump’s closest allies in Congress, Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, invoked the search of the president’s residence in responding to his own legal problems, after the FBI seized his phone with a search warrant Tuesday.

Perry played a role in Trump’s effort to overturn his loss in the 2020 election, according to testimony provided to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, including elevating acting head of the DOJ civil division Jeffrey Clark.

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