House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) came to the defense of former President Donald Trump on Thursday after Trump announced the Justice Department had indicted him as part of a special investigation on classified documents.
“Today is indeed a dark day for the United States of America,” McCarthy wrote in a statement on Twitter, calling news of the historic federal indictment “inadmissible” as it was brought against the Republican presidential favorite of 2024.
The speaker also referred to the discovery earlier this year of documents with classified marks found in President Joe Biden’s office and home since Biden was vice president, which the Justice Department is also investigating through of a special advocate.
“Joe Biden kept classified documents for decades,” McCarthy said.
Today is indeed a dark day for the United States of America.
It is inadmissible for a president to indict the main candidate who opposes him. Joe Biden kept classified documents for decades.
I, and all Americans who believe in the rule of law, support President Trump…
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) June 9, 2023
He added that Republicans would investigate the matter, writing, “I and every American who believes in the rule of law stand with President Trump against this grave injustice. House Republicans will blame this brazen militarization of power.
An investigation into the indictment would be led by the House Judiciary Committee, which has already sent letters to Attorney General Merrick Garland asking for the scope of investigations into Trump and Biden on the issue of classified documents.
McCarthy was among several House Republicans, some Senate Republicans and some of Trump’s other GOP presidential candidates to show their support for Trump Thursday night.
Many of them, like McCarthy, have accused the Justice Department of unfairly “weaponizing” its power against Biden’s political opponent.
Others have accused the department of trying to distract from House Republicans’ investigation into the Biden family’s business dealings, which saw the move Thursday morning when FBI Director Christopher Wray agreed to show members of the oversight committee a form that Republicans say implicates Biden in a corruption scandal. .
The Justice Department’s prosecution of Trump is being led by Special Counsel Jack Smith, and while the department hasn’t publicly confirmed any charges, Trump’s attorney Jim Trusty told CNN that the former president had received a summons listing charges that included a violation of the Espionage Act. , obstruction of justice and destruction or falsification of documents, among others.
Trump said in his indictment announcement that he was ordered to attend the Miami federal courthouse on Tuesday.
Trump has maintained his innocence since the start of the special counsel’s investigation in November 2022.
He repeated Thursday: “I AM AN INNOCENT MAN!
Watch: Donald Trump responds to news of indictment in classified documents caseDonald J. Trump / Social Truth
Although these are the first federal charges against Trump, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg brought local charges against him in March for allegedly falsifying business records, and that trial is expected to begin early in next year in the heat of the presidential primary.
House Republicans have already issued multiple letters of demand and at least one subpoena in this case as they seek to respond to what they say is a political and unfair lawsuit, and they, according to McCarthy, will look to do the same now with Garland in light of this new round of charges.
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