McCarthy Begins Taking Action Against Manhattan DA over Trump Indictment

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has come to the defense of the rule of law calling the indictment of Donald J. Trump, a Presidential candidate for 2024, “election interference” and vowed to pursue the issue with the appropriate oversight committees.

McCarthy, who has not always been the most proactive Conservative in the GOP, was seated as House Speaker in January after an uphill climb with the party due to his previous actions that were seen as anti-Trump.

McCarthy commented on the same day he told reporters that the GOP was not happy with Biden over the looming credit increase that Biden needs to make his massive government run.

NPR reported with details about the looming debt and economic crisis and how McCarthy reacted with some real enthusiasm:

With negotiations over avoiding a default on the country’s credit limit stalled House Speaker Kevin McCarthy told reporters Thursday that the GOP-led House may move its bill.

“If the president doesn’t act, we will,” McCarthy said, indicating he’s nearing agreement among his members on a plan. He said the House could vote on legislation modeled on a letter he sent earlier in the week to Biden that proposed lowered spending levels and floated adding several policy proposals to a package to increase the debt ceiling.

“I don’t know what more I can do,” McCarthy said, again urging the president to agree to another meeting to discuss a deal. He then appeared to jab at the 80-year-old president’s age, saying, “I would bring the lunch to the White House, I would make it soft food if that’s what he wants.”

When McCarthy was elected speaker in January after 15 ballots of voting on the House floor, one demand he agreed to get support from a bloc of conservatives was not to allow any House vote to raise the debt ceiling without attaching spending cuts. Democrats railed on this approach, saying it amounted to “hostage taking” and threatens a historic default that would roil financial markets.

McCarthy appears to be sticking to his agreement to be proactive for the Republicans on the debt limit and on defending the rule of law:

The plan to ‘get Trump’ so they can prevent him from running is now deeply disturbing to the fabric of the rule of law and promises to destroy our once great Judicial system.

Marxist-funded DA Alvin Bragg, who is viewed as acting out in a brazen political fashion by pushing to arrest Trump, won his wish to have a grand jury find Trump worthy of being dragged through court.

Martin Walsh reported on the details for Conservative Brief:

The case involves Trump’s alleged role in hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election, allegedly to keep Daniels quiet about an affair the two of them had in 2006.

“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.”

Many other Republicans issued strong statements in support of Trump.

“The weaponization of the legal system to advance a political agenda turns the rule of law on its head. It is un-American. The Soros-backed Manhattan District Attorney has consistently bent the law to downgrade felonies and to excuse criminal misconduct. Yet, now he is stretching the law to target a political opponent. Florida will not assist in an extradition request given the questionable circumstances at issue with this Soros-backed Manhattan prosecutor and his political agenda,” DeSantis said.

Extradition would only be required if Trump refused to leave his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida to attend an arraignment hearing in New York.

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise tweeted: “The sham New York indictment of President Donald Trump is one of the clearest examples of extremist Democrats weaponizing government to attack their political opponents. Outrageous.”

Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley said: “Tonight’s indictment of Donald Trump isn’t about the law. It’s about power. Raw power. It’s the Democrat Party telling the nation they will stop at nothing to control the outcome of the next presidential election. It is an assault on our democracy, pure and simple.”

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz responded: “The Democrat Party’s hatred for Donald Trump knows no bounds. The ‘substance’ of this political persecution is utter garbage. This is completely unprecedented and is a catastrophic escalation in the weaponization of the justice system.”

Manhattan District Attorney Bragg responded last week to a potential indictment and arrest of former President Donald Trump. Bragg issued a vague statement that did not provide any information about what might happen next, Walsh reported, adding:

Bragg sent a letter to members of the House Judiciary Committee after they sent their own letter “demanding communications, documents, and testimony relating to Bragg’s unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority and the potential indictment of former President Donald Trump.”

In his letter, the Manhattan DA said his office will “publicly state the conclusion of our investigation—whether we conduct our work without bringing charges, or move forward with an indictment.”

Bragg also addressed the letter the House Judiciary Committee previously sent to his office and said, “Your letter dated March 20, 2023, (the ‘Letter’), in contrast, is an unprecedented inquiry into a pending local prosecution. The letter only came after Donald Trump created a false expectation that he would be arrested the next day and his lawyers reportedly urged you to intervene. Neither fact is a legitimate basis for a congressional inquiry.”


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