Pelosi on Mar-a-Lago Raid: 'No Person is Above the Law'

Stephanie Samsel | August 11, 2022 | 10:16am EDT
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Speaker Pelosi and her husband, Paul Pelosi. (Photo by Stefano Costantino/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Speaker Pelosi and her husband, Paul Pelosi. (Photo by Stefano Costantino/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

(CNS News) – "No person is above the law...not even a former president of the United States,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Aug. 9, when she discussed the FBI’s raid of former President Donald Trump's Florida home.

While Republicans like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) say the Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached “weaponized politicization,” Pelosi called McCarthy’s claims “idle” during an interview with TODAY host Savannah Guthrie.

“We believe in the rule of law, and that’s what our country is about,” said Pelosi. “And no person is above the law, not even the president of the United States, not even a former president of the United States.”

Pelosi similarly said that the “visit” to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort must have had “justification,” on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

“I don't really have too much to say, except that, to have a visit like that, you need a warrant. To have a warrant, you need justification,” said Pelosi.

She repeated that she was “surprised” by the raid and did not know the justification for it.

Despite there being an ongoing investigation into potential crimes of President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, Trump is the only U.S. president to have his home raided by the FBI. 

The FBI reportedly refused to inspect Hunter’s laptop drive after a whistleblower who was concerned by its contents approached them in New Mexico in 2019, reports.

Hunter’s laptop had not just X-rated content but also apparent criminal activity – illegal drug use, prostitution -- that demanded attention from authorities, whistleblower and computer repairman John Paul Mac Isaac told


“I never felt like it was my responsibility to share the contents of the laptop with anybody other than the proper authorities,” said Mac Isaac. “I saw stuff about China, I saw a lot of porn, I saw a lot of drug use.”

“But I didn't care about any of that. I only cared about the criminality that revolved around Ukraine because that's what was in the news,” he added.

Hunter has been under federal investigation since 2018 for alleged money laundering, foreign lobbying, and tax fraud.

As vice president, Joe Biden reportedly met with at least 14 of Hunter’s business associates from countries that include Mexico, Ukraine, and China, according to a Fox News report.

Despite there being photographs of Biden with two of his son’s Mexican business associates, he insists he has “never spoken to [Hunter] about his overseas business dealings.”

Trump called the raid “political targeting at the highest level,” in a statement Aug. 8.

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“The political persecution of President Donald J. Trump has been going on for years,” he wrote. “With the now fully debunked Russia, Russia, Russia Scam, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, and so much more, it just never ends.”

“It is political targeting at the highest level! Hillary Clinton was allowed to delete and acid wash 33,000 E-mails AFTER they were subpoenaed by Congress. Absolutely nothing has happened to hold her accountable. She even took antique furniture, and other items from the White House,” he added.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a private email server for government business, where the State Department found she wrote over 100 emails containing classified information.

Clinton’s office shared that out of the 62,320 total emails on the server,  30,490 of these emails were provided to the State Department, and the remaining 31,830 were “personal” emails that Clinton “chose not to keep.”

In a 2016 statement, FBI Director James Comey announced that while Clinton had been “extremely careless” in handling highly classified information, no charges should be filed because she did not act with criminal intent.

“But Her Emails” tweet from Hillary after raid:

In February, the National Archives confirmed finding “classified national security information” that Trump had taken with him to his Florida home when he left office.

The New York Times reports that the FBI’s search warrant at Mar-a-Lago is related to Trump allegedly having unlawfully taken government files.

The DOJ has not addressed the raid.

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