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Hill Republicans race to Trump’s side before the details of the indictment are clear

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Hill Republicans race to Trump’s side before the details of the indictment are clear

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The Senate Republicans, who are not as quick as their House counterparts to defend Donald Trump, made a series of condemning statements. Brandon Bell/Getty Images

On Thursday, Congressional Republicans gathered to pledge their loyalty to Donald Trump despite not knowing the details of his indictment by a New York grand jury. This signaled that they would be eager to portray his forthcoming prosecution as politically motivated, regardless of its substance.

“When Trump wins, THESE PERSONS WILL PAY!” “Yes!” Rep. Ronny (R-Texas), stated moments after the news broke that Trump would be indicted on unspecified charges related to hush money payments he made in 2016 to a porn actor to silence her claims of an extramarital affair.

Other congressional Republicans expressed anger at the indictment and alleged political motives behind the case, which was led by Alvin Bragg, District Attorney.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R.Ga.) stated that her party should respond by impeaching President Joe Biden, because “the gloves have been taken off.”

Anna Paulina Luna (Republican from Florida) advised colleagues in Congress to “think long, hard about their oaths of office” and “step forward…or get out of the way.” Speaker Kevin McCarthy did not promise specific action but stated that the House would “hold Alvin Bragg’s unprecedented abuse of power to account.”

In a statement, he stated that Alvin Bragg had irreparably damaged our country by trying to interfere in our Presidential elections.

Although the details of the Trump case are not clear, it centers on the allegations that Trump bought Stormy Daniels’ silence. Stormy wanted to tell her story about an earlier affair she had with Trump in the final weeks of 2016. Bragg confirmed that he had spoken to Trump’s lawyer to coordinate his surrender to Manhattan D.A.’s Office, but that the indictment remained sealed so that no date for arraignment had been set.

The hush-money case remained alive in New York City and at the Justice Department for many years, but it eventually fell dormant. Bragg seemed to abandon it after becoming district attorney last January, but it has been resurgent in recent weeks with a series of witnesses, including Trump’s former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen, returning to the grand jury. This timeline has led Trump’s to claim that the probe was politically motivated and driven by Democratic-led New York City prosecutors.

Capitol Hill Republicans were keen to amplify those claims, often in starkly politically oriented terms, arguing that Trump’s charges would motivate his supporters, and increase his chances of returning to the White House in 2024.

Even Senate Republicans, which have not jumped as quickly as their House counterparts to defend Trump, made statements condemning the indictment.

“This is a politically-motivated prosecution by a far-left activist,” Senate GOP Conference Chair John Barrasso of Wyoming said in a statement. “If it were not President Trump, a case such as this would never be filed.”

Thom Tillis, a Republican from North Carolina, declared that the indictment did not pass the smell test.

He said, “Politics should not tip the scales in favor of justice, and Congress has every legal right to investigate conduct and decision-making at the Manhattan D.A.’s Office.”

Democrats on the other hand made a concerted effort for a measured response. They suggested that the legal process should proceed and that no one, not even a former President, was above the law.

“The indictment against a former president was unprecedented. But so are Trump’s alleged offenses,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., one of Trump’s longtime political foes. “If the rule must be applied equally, and it must — it must — it must apply equally to the powerful as to everyone else. Even presidents. Presidents in particular. It is not democracy to do otherwise.

Others encouraged allies to not “celebrate” and stressed the “somberness” of the news, especially amid concerns that a Trump Indictment might be accompanied with security risks.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (R.Calif.) stated in a statement, “As the case progresses, let us neither celebrate or destroy.”

Ted Lieu (D.Calif.), quickly rebutted to McCarthy, stating that his heated rebuke was made despite the complete lack of details about the evidence Bragg had gathered.

“Dear @SpeakerMcCarthy, You don’t know what the charges are. You don’t have any idea of the evidence that was presented to the grand jury. You don’t know what evidence the DA might have,” Lieu wrote. “What you’re doing is political interference in a local criminal prosecution, and you must stop it.”

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