Republicans vented their fury Thursday after it was revealed that a grand jury in Manhattan had indicted former President Donald Trump over charges related to the Stormy Daniels matter.
The indictment comes as Trump seeks to reassert control of the Republican Party and stave off a slew of one-time allies who may threaten his bid for the presidential nomination. But there was only unity within the GOP after the news of pending criminal charges emerged.
Former Vice President Mike Pence blasted the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s decision to bring charges against his former boss as an abuse of power.
‘The unprecedented indictment of a former president on a campaign finance issue is an outrage. I think the American people are going to look at this… as one more example of the criminalization of politics in this country.’
Former VP Mike Pence blasted the decision to file criminal charges against his former boss as an abuse of power. ‘The unprecedented indictment of a former president on a campaign finance issue is an outrage.’
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, considered to be Trump’s top rival, called the indictment ‘un-American’
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel called the indictment a ‘blatant abuse of power from a DA focused on political vengeance’
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, considered Trump’s top potential rival for the GOP presidential ticket, called the indictment ‘un-American’ in a statement Thursday night that pointedly did not mention Trump’s name.
‘When our justice system is weaponized as a political tool, it endangers all of us,’ tweeted Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
‘This is a blatant abuse of power from a DA focused on political vengeance instead of keeping people safe,’ tweeted McDaniel, who was installed by Trump and withstood a challenge to her post early this year.
Her comment served as a signal to elected Republicans, who stood by Trump throughout the Russia probe and two Senate impeachment trials.
‘Outrageous,’ responded House Judiciary Chair Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio in a statement consisting of a single word. He is one of several House committee chairs which has already sought to investigate Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg over his probe.
Republican lawmakers in Congress continued to rally to Trump’s side including House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California. ‘Alvin Bragg has irreparably damaged our country in an attempt to interfere in our Presidential election,’ McCarthy tweeted.
‘The American people will not tolerate this injustice, and the House of Representatives will hold Alvin Bragg and his unprecedented abuse of power to account.’
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas called the substance of the case ‘utter garbage’ in comments to DailyMail.com.
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), who has occasionally worked with the Biden administration, said that the indictment ‘doesn’t pass the smell test.
‘The Department of Justice already looked into the facts and decided there was no case to be made against President Trump…. Congress has every right to investigate the conduct’ of Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, he told the Huffington Post.
‘It’s baseless and frivolous. It’s a political persecution and ironically enough, the fact that this left-wing Democrat is pursuing it has already proven to be a significant political benefit for Donald Trump,’ Cruz said on Wednesday.
Trump loyalist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green of Georgia vowed that ‘the gloves are off’ especially when it comes to Biden and his family.
‘Impeach Biden. He’s given us every reason and the family banking records and more are giving us receipts. But now that the gloves are off. Prosecute any and all crimes. Enough of this witch hunt bullshit.’
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. denounced the indictment on Thursday evening: ‘Alvin Bragg has irreparably damaged our country in an attempt to interfere in our Presidential election,’ McCarthy tweeted.
House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) blasted the indictment as ‘outrageous’
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) tweets ‘Impeach Biden. He’s given us every reason and the family banking records and more are giving us receipts. But now that the gloves are off.’
Trump loyalist House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) was among the first elected officials out with a statement blasting the indictment
A Manhattan grand jury has voted to indict former president Donald Trump over hush money paid to pornstar Stormy Daniels
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called the substance of the case ‘utter garbage’ in comments to DailyMail.com.
Still to be determined is how the indictment will play out in the presidential primary and the battle for Republicans to keep control of the House in 2024. Trump has used reports he might be charged as a powerful fundraising tool, and he widened his lead over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a new Fox News poll released Thursday.
Trump predicts it will backfire on President Joe Biden, who took office while former Trump fixer Michael Cohen served part of his three-year sentence for campaign finance violations related to the $130,000 ‘hush’ payment agreement with Daniels.
The former president called it a ‘witch hunt to destroy the Make America Great Again movement’ in a statement where he railed against other probes and vowed to defeat Bragg.
‘Now they have done the unthinkable,’ said Trump, calling the charge a political act by his enemies. ‘Never before in our nation’s history has this been done before.’
‘I believe this witch hunt will backfire massively on Joe Biden,’ Trump said in his statement.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com Thursday, Eric Trump slammed the ruling as a ‘ruthless attack’ and an example of ‘the decline of American Law.’
His brother Donald Trump Jr. compared the indictment to the actions of a ruthless dictatorship. The former president has denied Daniels’ allegations of a sexual affair, and is expected to plead not guilty.’
‘Let’s be clear, folks. This is like communist level s**t. This is stuff that would make Mao Stalin Pol Pot.’
Said House GOP Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), another prominent Trump backer: ‘The unprecedented election interference from corrupt Socialist District Attorney Alvin Bragg is a political witch-hunt and a dark day for America. The radical Far Left will stop at nothing to persecute Joe Biden’s chief political opponent ahead of the 2024 presidential election to suppress the will and voice of the American people.’
She concluded with a call for mobilization – a sign House Republicans, like, Trump, plan to try to capitalize on the charges against the party leader.
‘Tens of millions of patriotic Americans have never been so energized to exercise their constitutional rights to peacefully organize and VOTE at the ballot box to save our great republic by electing President Donald J. Trump in 2024,’ the Trump loyalist said.
Trump attorneys Susan Necheles and Joseph Tacopina, said: ‘President Trump has been indicted. He did not commit any crime. We will vigorously fight this political prosecution in court.’
Shortly before 7pm Thursday, Trump was already blasting out his first fundraising appeal based on the ‘darkest chapter in our history.’
‘Please make a contribution – of truly any amount – to defend our movement from the never-ending witch hunts and WIN the WHITE HOUSE in 2024 – for 1,500% impact,’ said the email from his Make America Great Again PAC.
Donald Trump’s furious statement blasting indictment as ‘political persecution’
‘This is Political Persecution and Election Interference at the highest level in history. From the time I came down the golden escalator at Trump Tower, and even before I was sworn in as your President of the United States, the Radical Left Democrats – the enemy of the hard-working men and women of this Country – have been engaged in a Witch-Hunt to destroy the Make America Great Again movement. You remember it just like I do: Russia, Russia, Russia; the Mueller Hoax; Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine; Impeachment Hoax 1; Impeachment Hoax 2; the illegal and unconstitutional Mar-a-Lago raid; and now this.
Donald Trump called the indictment ‘unthinkable’
‘The Democrats have lied, cheated and stolen in their obsession with trying to ‘Get Trump,’ but now they’ve done the unthinkable – indicting a completely innocent person in an act of blatant Election Interference.
‘Never before in our Nation’s history has this been done. The Democrats have cheated countless times over the decades, including spying on my campaign, but weaponizing our justice system to punish a political opponent, who just so happens to be a President of the United States and by far the leading Republican candidate for President, has never happened before. Ever.
‘Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, who was hand-picked and funded by George Soros, is a disgrace. Rather than stopping the unprecedented crime wave taking over New York City, he’s doing Joe Biden’s dirty work, ignoring the murders and burglaries and assaults he should be focused on. This is how Bragg spends his time!
‘I believe this Witch-Hunt will backfire massively on Joe Biden. The American people realize exactly what the Radical Left Democrats are doing here. Everyone can see it. So our Movement, and our Party – united and strong – will first defeat Alvin Bragg, and then we will defeat Joe Biden, and we are going to throw every last one of these Crooked Democrats out of office so we can MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!’