"The weaponization of federal law enforcement represents a mortal threat to a free society," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Trump's biggest adversary in the Republican primary, tweeted on Thursday.
Sen. Tim Scott, another 2024 Trump challenger, decried "weaponization" as he told Fox News: "What we see is a justice system where the scales are weighted."
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy pledged to "hold this brazen weaponization of power accountable."
Rep. Jim Jordan, one of Trump's biggest allies on Capitol Hill, sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland Friday requesting more documents related to the Mar-a-Lago search.
"The indictment creates, at the minimum, a serious appearance of a double standard and a miscarriage of justiceÖ" Jordan wrote, calling the indictment "politically motivated prosecution."