Rep. Bishop says FBI Trump raid shows dangerous 'security state,' Americans feel gov't 'out of their control'

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Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N. C., said on Wednesday that he doubts any accountability will come for the FBI for the raid at former President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago unless Republicans regain a majority in November’s midterm elections, adding that U.S. bureaucracy is at its "most dangerous point in the security state" as people feel the federal government "is out of their control."

"I think the big overall picture in American government and I believe impressions that are given to me by people I talk to every time I'm out speaking to citizens in the district or anywhere is that they sense that their government is out of their control," Bishop, a minority member of the House Judiciary Committee, told Fox News Digital. "We see an institutionalized bureaucracy at its most dangerous point in the security state of the FBI and Intel."

"That bureaucracy believes that it is the ruler of the country. And we're seeing how hostile it will get to people representing American citizens who desire to move in a different direction," Bishop added.

Ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, has called on U. S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI director Chris Wray to testify before the House Judiciary Committee as soon as Friday to offer an explanation for the grounds behind the unprecedented search warrant executed at Mar-a-Lago.

Bishop noted that Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, also sent a letter to Wray demanding an immediate briefing related to the Trump raid. But the congressman from North Carolina noted that Republicans as the minority party aren’t likely to hear back or receive any details on the warrant for months.

"I don't think we're not going to get an opportunity to ask them. And the DOJ is not going to give answers in Jerry Nadler's Judiciary Committee," Bishop told Fox News Digital.

"The Justice Department or any federal agency is not compelled by law to respond to inquiry by a minority member or even a minority ranking member," he said. "They should have an attitude toward congressional oversight in which they readily do that. But, you know, I don't know if I've ever had a letter answered by the Justice Department. And that's another one of the things that must change, in my view."

Perhaps more disturbing than the Trump raid, according to the congressman’s perspective, was the FBI seizing the cell phone of Trump ally Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., a day after the Mar-a-Lago search.

"Scott Perry's telephone is maybe for me an even more extreme example than President Trump," Bishop said. "They pick a member of Congress somewhat obscure, perhaps less famous than, say, Jim Jordan or Kevin McCarthy or Jim Banks. And they go and strip him of a cell phone under criminal process a day after they've conducted an unprecedented raid on the former president of the United States over, as far as anybody can tell, kind of weak tea allegations or issues about the Presidential Records Act."... (Read more)