Former President Donald Trump speaks to a large crowd during a rally last month in Anchorage.

After FBI agents raided former President Donald Trump’s Florida Mar-a-Lago home, Republican lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan have spoken out against the siege, drawing into question the FBI’s integrity.

Trump took to social media on Aug. 8, stating that his home was being raided. He said the unprecedented operation amounted to “prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want [him] to run for President in 2024.”

“Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before,” Trump said.

Trump’s son, Eric Trump, told Fox News that the raid was initiated to find out whether his father had any documents from his time serving as president. Eric Trump noted that the former president had been working with the National Archives on this issue for several months. To date, Trump has returned about 15 boxes of files.

According to federal law, presidential records must be preserved, including letters, notes and other written correspondence.

On Aug. 9, Sullivan joined his voice to those of several prominent Republicans in condemning the raid, saying it gives the appearance of a “weaponized” and selective justice system.


Like so many Americans, I am very disturbed by the unprecedented raid executed by the FBI against a former president. The Department of Justice at the highest levels — the attorney general and the director of the FBI — needs to explain the reasons for another FBI raid that has the appearance of the justice system being weaponized against political opponents.

I have the utmost respect for our state and federal law enforcement officers, who have difficult jobs and who often do not get the respect I believe they deserve. But from Ted Stevens to the Huepers in Homer, to the EPA raids in Chicken, Alaska, and recently the Mat-Su — I and so many other Alaskans are left with serious doubts about how federal officials are conducting law enforcement raids.

The worst thing in the world for our country is for Americans to start to believe the Justice Department and the FBI provide two tiers of justice. The department’s comparatively light treatment of Hillary Clinton’s gross mishandling of classified information reinforces that perception.

It is vital for our democracy that Americans have faith in our system of justice. I’m calling on the attorney general and the FBI director to give the American people the answers and transparency that they deserve.

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Sen. Sullivan says FBI raid on Trump home smacks of ‘weaponized’ justice system

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • micah6v8 says:

    “disturbed” “explain the reasons” “utmost respect” “serious doubts”
    Then his last sentence is the weak, ineffectual, and out of touch rhetorical glaze we have come to expect from this crowd.

  • Steve P Peterson says:

    Well duh, Dan!

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    We still support you Trump
    But I’m not voting for you Dan, I’m done with you. First we need to vote out Lisa

  • Mongo Love Candy says:

    Never forget Dan voted to certify a known stolen election. He is directly responsible for the current situation.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Danny T Sullivan. The T stands for treason

  • Johnny says:

    The FBI is rotten to the core, once the Comey & Strzok fiasco surfaced the agency should have been ripped apart, investigated and sanitized but that didn’t happen, we have a rotting agency that lives on compromise and is corrupt to all hell and back.

  • MF says:

    Dan Sullivan is fond of writing lots of words, but never actively does anything that might upset his comfortable place in DC. He has the power to fight back, but choses not to. Maybe he’s a nice guy, I don’t know, but this isn’t the time for wishy washy seat warmers. We need people of courage who will fight back against the tyranny of the communist left. It’s not Dan.

  • Mary H. Rapp says:

    I am pleased that Dan Sullivan was one who stood up with those Republican legislators who spoke out against the FBI’s seige on former President Trump’s home. He does need to follow up with action and demand for an investigation into into what really happened. Searching for documents does not warrant the obvious bullying and intimidation that our FBI and Dept of Justice carried out against our former president. This has got to stop.

    • Gunter says:

      Or Mary, consider that a law enforcement agency was adhering to protocol, not making accusations, was lawful. What are you afraid of? If there are no further crimes committed by trump then you get to claim witch hunt. But either way, proper legal process was followed.

      • Wayne M says:

        Fine time to start adhering to protocol! What’s the protocol for investigating Hunter Biden’s laptop? Just hide it away until the election was over? Is that proper protocol?

    • DaveMaxwell says:

      Yes please make the fbi investigate itself, please hurry, we can’t afford to wait!! What a jooooke!!!