Updated Aug 14, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Sen. Amy Klobuchar says "former president isn't king" after Mar-a-Lago search

Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaks at a hearing on Jan. 5. Photo: Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) emphasized on Sunday that "the law is king" and not the president, as the FBI's search of former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago home raised questions about whether he committed crimes.

The big picture: The FBI recovered 11 sets of classified documents after searching the former president's Mar-a-Lago home on Monday.

Driving the news: Klobuchar told NBC's "Meet the Press" that it would be up to the Justice Department to determine whether Trump's actions rise to the level of a crime but added that "everyone has to follow the laws."

  • "The law is king," Klobuchar said. "The president isn't king. And I would add to that, the former president isn't king."
  • "As a senator, I know when I look at the classified documents, I've got to go in a special room," she added. "I can't even wear my Fitbit. You can't bring staff with you."
  • Klobuchar noted that these types of documents contain the nation's top secrets, which could be used to do harm.
  • "That's why it is so important that these documents remain in safe locations," she said. "And Mar-a-Lago, where you can check out croquet sets and tennis rackets and golf clubs, that's not one of them."

More details: Klobuchar also said she is concerned about Republicans' response to the search, as many in the party have cast it as a politically motivated attack.

  • "I thought in the old days the Republican Party used to stand with law enforcement," Klobuchar said. "I hope some of them do today because this kind of rhetoric is very dangerous to our country."
  • She noted that FBI director Christopher Wray was appointed by Trump.
  • "That piece of it is so important for people to understand," she said. "That this is beyond politics. They're simply doing their jobs. And we have to let them do their jobs."
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