McCarthy calls for House investigations as Republicans slam Trump’s potential indictment
Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas)
says an indictment of the former president is said to be “politically motivated” – a symptom of what Roy called a “politicized ‘justice’ system that will (is) weaponized against ALL Americans”.
Sen. JD Vance (R-Ohio) tweeted “We just don’t have a real country if justice depends on politics,” saying an indictment by Trump wouldn’t cause him to reconsider his endorsement of the former president in 2024.
Former Vice President Mike Pence, who publicly cut ties with Trump during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, has come out in favor of his former boss.
“That’s what the Manhattan DA says is their top priority,” Pence told conservative news outlet Breitbart. “It smacks of the kind of political prosecution we faced during the days of the Russian hoax and all the impeachment over the phone.”
Prominent ally of Trump republicans like representing Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and the son of the former president, Donald Trump Jr. also responded in favor of McCarthy’s tweet as Democrats immediately fired back.
“The guy who set up a committee to investigate the ‘militarization of government’ is using his powers in government to stop an independent prosecution of his boss,” the rep said. Eric Swalwell (D-California) wrote in his own tweet.
representing jeff jackson told MSNBC: “I was a prosecutor and I met a lot of people who avoided consequences throughout their lives. Someone like Trump who has been able to avoid the consequences of his wrongdoings all his life may in fact finally discover that there is a long way to go.
Former President Nancy Pelosi said Trump made the “reckless” announcement “to keep abreast of current affairs and foment unrest among his supporters.”
“Whatever the Grand Jury decides, their consideration is clear: No one is above the law, not even a former President of the United States,” Pelosi added.
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg defended the ongoing investigation in various media appearances this week, saying his team of prosecutors were “focused on the evidence and the law.”
Earlier in the morning, Greene unleashed a tirade of accusations against Bragg and “Biden’s DOJ,” calling on congressional Republicans to respond with legal action.
“Republicans in Congress MUST subpoena these communists and STOP this! We have the power to do this and we also have the power to DEFUND their salaries and departments! Greene tweeted. “The American people deserve a government that actually works for them NOT a bunch of self-centered communists who bail out their donors, protect the elites and weld [sic] their power to punish their political enemies!
Meanwhile, Vivek Ramaswamy, the only declared Republican presidential hopeful in 2024 to comment so far, said a Trump indictment “would be a national disaster”, and that it is “un-American for the ruling party to use the power of the police to arrest its political rivals”, before calling on the Manhattan DA to “reconsider this action and put aside partisan politics in the service of preserving our constitutional republic.