GOP lawmakers slam Trump’s potential indictment: ‘Third World Banana Republic madness’
Republican lawmakers went wild on Saturday amid reports that an impeachment of former President Donald Trump could come next week, with representatives and senators denouncing what they see as a politically motivated attack on the former president and 2024 candidate.
Fox News was one of several outlets this week to report that the Manhattan district attorney has requested a meeting with law enforcement ahead of a possible indictment.
According to a court source, the meeting was requested on Thursday and is “to discuss logistics for some time next week, which would mean they anticipate an indictment next week.”
The potential indictment stems from the lengthy investigation surrounding Trump’s alleged payment of ‘silence money’ to the porn actress stormy daniels. Towards the end of the 2016 presidential campaign, Michael Cohen, then Trump’s lawyer, sent Daniels $130,000 to stop him from disclosing a 2006 affair with Trump. Trump, who denies the affair, reimbursed Cohen in installments.
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Attached for comment Fridaythe Manhattan District Attorney’s Office will not “confirm or comment” on the impending indictment.
The office, led by DA Alvin Bragg, is investigating the silent payment – which allegedly took place in 2016 – over the past five years.
Trump, who is running for president again in 2024, told Truth Social on Saturday that illegal leaks indicate he will be “arrested on Tuesday.”
The seemingly imminent indictment has drawn fury from Republicans, who see a politically motivated lawsuit. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he has instructed House committees to investigate “whether federal funds are being used to subvert our democracy by interfering in elections with politically motivated prosecutions.”
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“Here we go again – an outrageous abuse of power by a radical prosecutor letting violent criminals through as he pursues political revenge against President Trump,” McCarthy tweeted.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., dismissed the indictment as “based on untested and tortured legal theory.”
“This is an absurd abuse of the criminal process in our politics,” he said. “It has to be seen for the pathetic partisan ploy it is.”
Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-NY, called such a move “un-American” and said “the radical left has hit a dangerous new low in Third World countries.”
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“Knowing that they cannot beat President Trump at the polls, the radical left will now follow the example of socialist dictators and arrest President Trump, the leading Republican candidate for President of the United States,” she said. declared. “This is just a continuation of the shameful and unconstitutional pattern that dates back to the illegal Russian collusion hoax to attempt to silence and suppress the will of voters who support President Trump and the America First movement.”
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Other Republican lawmakers took the opportunity to criticize Bragg himself. Rep. Claudia Tenney, RN.Y., said Bragg ‘allows violent criminals to march the streets, but abuses the rule of law and the powers of her office to target political opponents in partisan witch hunts . He is unfit to perform his duties.”
Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, said a potential indictment should be treated as “a politically motivated lawsuit based on tense and convoluted legal theory.”
“This clearly shows the danger of a politicized ‘justice’ system that will (is) weaponized against ALL Americans,” he said.
In the upper house, Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo., said the potential indictment is “Third World Banana Republic madness and a very, very dangerous road to take.”
“If this same behavior happened in an authoritarian state, our own US State Department would condemn it. In liberal New York, it’s obviously politics as usual,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, said he was asked if he would rescind an endorsement from Trump if indicted.
“The answer is: hell no. A politically motivated lawsuit strengthens the case for Trump. We just don’t have a real country if justice depends on politics,” he said.
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., meanwhile took aim at Democrats in general, saying it was part of a trend for the party.
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“The Democrats used the FBI against parents, they used the FBI against Catholics, they used Big Tech against vaccine critics and anyone who questioned them. Now they want to stop Trump, their main political opponent. “, did he declare. “They are the party of the banana republic.”