House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Republican California, and several MAGA Republicans rallied around Donald Trump on Saturday ahead of a possible indictment of the former president by a Manhattan grand jury.
In a post on his social media platform Truth Social, Trump said: predicted he would be arrested on Tuesday He called on his supporters to protest, citing “illegal information leaks.” Hours later, Trump’s publicist said in a statement that the post was shared beyond media coverage by NBC News and other news outlets without notice of the indictment.
McCarthy wrote, “It’s an outrageous abuse of power by a radical DA who neglects violent criminals in his pursuit of political vendetta against President Trump.” Tweet.
“I am directing the relevant commissions to immediately investigate whether federal funds are being used to subvert democracy by interfering in elections with politically motivated prosecutions,” McCarthy added. rice field.
despite his recent Strong comments criticizing Trump Former Vice President Mike Pence nearing a decision Jan. 6 in the 2024 presidential electionsaid the potential indictment “smells like the kind of political indictment we endured during the Russian hoax era.”
“Is this saying Manhattan’s DA is their number one priority?” Pence said on SiriusXM radio Saturday.
Republicans in Congress, who are closely aligned with Trump, the 2024 presidential candidate, have expressed anger and denounced the looming possibility of indictments.
House Republican Rep. Ellis Stefanik of New York called the prospect of Mr. Trump’s arrest “un-American” and said Democrats had reached a “dangerous new low.”
“The Radical Left, knowing they cannot beat President Trump at the ballot box, will now reportedly follow the lead of the socialist dictator and arrest him,” she said. statement posted on Twitter calling him a frontrunner for the Republican Party.
Speaking at the Vision ’24 National Conservative Forum on Saturday, Senator Lindsey Graham downplayed the Manhattan District Attorney’s case and said she thinks prosecutors are “afraid” of Trump.
“New York prosecutors have done more to help Donald Trump get elected president than anyone in America today,” Graham said.
“If I were President Trump, I would take it all the way to the Supreme Court.”
Rep. Andy Biggs from Arizona murmured“If they can come for Trump, they will come for you. This kind of thing only happens in third world dictatorships.”
“Almost all campaign finance violations involve 1) illegally using someone else’s money or 2) taking money into your own campaign that you shouldn’t have. Trump did neither.” murmured Florida Rep. Matt Gates. “He used his own money to settle private disputes, regardless of the campaign.”
Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green characterized the allegations against Trump as “fake” and “outdated.” She tweeted, “Republicans in Congress must subpoena these communists and end this!”
she wrote in another post Tweet “We don’t need to protest,” he added, adding, “The silent majority now has two feelings about the current administration, so these idiots are sealing their own fate in 2024.” .
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, I have written“God bless President Trump. The real America knows this is all fake.”
Senator JD Vance of Ohio, Another Trump ally Developing an unsubstantiated theory of a stolen 2020 election, he criticized Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and threatened to “indict” Trump while “violent criminals” roamed New York City. Stated.
The timing is currently unknown, but the former president could soon be indicted in the state in connection with paying hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
NBC News reported on Friday Local, state, and federal enforcement agencies are gearing up for possible indictments as early as next week.
Former Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen is a key witness in the case. He testified before a grand jury this week after pleading guilty in 2018 to making illegal payments to Daniels at Trump’s direction for the “primary purpose” of swaying the 2016 election.
Trump said he returned $130,000 to Cohan, but insisted what he did was legal.The former president has denied wrongdoing.
A spokeswoman for Mr. Bragg’s office declined to comment on Mr. Trump’s post on Truth Social.