GOP MPs slam possible Trump indictment: ‘Third World banana republic madness’
Republican lawmakers on Saturday lashed out amid reports former President Donald Trump could be indicted next week, with lawmakers and senators decriing what they see as a politically motivated attack on the former president and 2024 candidate.
Fox News It was one of a number of outlets this week to report that the Manhattan district attorney has requested a meeting with law enforcement before filing a potential indictment.
According to a judicial source, the meeting was requested Thursday, and it is scheduled that “the two sides will discuss the logistics for some time next week, which means that they are awaiting an indictment next week.”
The potential indictment stems from the lengthy investigation surrounding Trump’s alleged payment of “hush money” to a pornographic actress Stormy Daniels. Near the end of the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump’s then-attorney Michael Cohen sent Daniels $130,000 to prevent her from revealing an affair with Trump in 2006. Trump, who denies the affair, paid Cohen off in instalments.
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I reached for comment on FridayThe Manhattan District Attorney’s Office will not “confirm or comment” on the impending indictment.
The bureau, led by DA Alvin Bragg, has been investigating the hush money payment – which allegedly occurred in 2016 – for the past five years.
Trump, who is running for president again in 2024, said Saturday on Truth Social that the illegal leaks indicated he “will be arrested on Tuesday.”
The looming indictment angered Republicans, who saw the trial as politically motivated. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he directed House committees to investigate “whether federal funds are being used to undermine our democracy by interfering with elections with politically motivated prosecutions.”
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“Here we go again – an outrageous abuse of power by a radical DA who lets violent criminals walk while he seeks political revenge against President Trump,” McCarthy tweeted.
representative. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., dismissed the indictment as “based on an untested, tortured legal theory.”
“This is a ridiculous abuse of the criminal process in our politics,” he said. “It must be seen as a pathetic party stunt.”
representative. Elise Stefanik, R-NY, called any such move “un-American” and said that “the radical left has reached a dangerous new Third World level.”
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“Knowing that they cannot defeat President Trump at the polls, the radical left will now follow in the footsteps of the socialist dictators and reportedly arrest President Trump, the leading Republican candidate for President of the United States,” she said. “This is just a continuation of the outrageous and unconstitutional pattern that goes back to the illegal Russian collusion hoax to try to silence and suppress the will of voters who support President Trump and the America First movement.”
Da Manhattan’s office “requested a meeting” with law enforcement before a possible Trump tip
Other Republican lawmakers took the opportunity to criticize Bragg himself. representative. Claudia Tenney, RNY, said Bragg “allows violent criminals to walk the streets, yet abuses the rule of law and the powers of his office to target political opponents in partisan witch arenas. He is unfit for office.”
representative. Chip Roy, R-Texas, said the potential indictment should be approached as a “politically motivated trial based on tense and complex legal theory.”
“It illustrates the danger of a politicized ‘justice’ system that will be weaponized against all Americans,” he said.
in the upper roomSenator. Eric Schmidt, R-Missouri, said the potential indictment is “some Third World banana republic madness and a very dangerous road to take.”
He said, “If this same behavior occurred in an authoritarian state, the US State Department would condemn it. In liberal New York, it’s clearly politics as usual.”
Meanwhile, Sen. JD Vance of Ohio said he was asked if he would rescind Trump’s endorsement if he was indicted.
“The answer is: No. A politically motivated trial makes Trump’s argument stronger. We simply don’t have a real country if justice depends on politics,” he said.
senator. Meanwhile, Josh Hawley, R-Mis., took aim at Democrats in general, claiming to be part of a trend for the party.
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“The Democrats have used the FBI against parents, they have used the FBI against Catholics, they have used Big Tech against vaccine critics and anyone who questioned them. And now they want to arrest Trump, their main political opponent,” he said. They are a banana republic party.