WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s most passionate Capitol Hill allies erupted in anger Thursday night news of his indictment shook the country. They rushed to his defense and blasted New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s prosecution of the GOP presidency’s front-runner as a political witch hunt that would affect the 2024 election.
“Outrageous,” tweeted Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, using his role as chairman of the federal government’s Judiciary and Armament Committees to investigate Bragg’s work.
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., whom Trump endorsed in his candidacy for Speaker, wrote that Bragg “irreparably damaged our country in an attempt to interfere in our presidential election” and “weaponized our sacred justice system against President Donald Trump.”
McCarthy hinted that GOP-controlled House of Representatives committees could soon subpoena Bragg to compel his testimony before Congress: “The American people will not tolerate this injustice, and the House of Representatives will hold Alvin Bragg accountable for his unprecedented abuse of power. “
Jordan, along with House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., and Administrative Committee Chairman Bryan Steil, R-Wis., sent a letter This month he asked Bragg to testify before Congress about his investigation into hush money payments Trump made to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, Trump’s former White House doctor, tweeted: “Alvin Bragg is a NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT to our justice system. It has been proven that President Trump has done NO wrong. This is nothing more than a political ploy to prevent Trump from becoming President in 2024! WITCH HUNT!”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., preparing to deliver a Lincoln Day address Thursday night in Gettysburg, Pa., tweeted“The irony of being on the battlefield when I found out President Trump was impeached is profound.”
Greene said Trump is innocent and “the only one standing in the way of these modern day tyrants, just like our founding fathers, to protect each of us from evil.”
“Impeach Biden,” she continued. “He gave us all the reasons and the family bank records and more give us receipts. But now that the gloves are off. Track all crimes. Enough of this witch hunt bullshit.”
Across the Capitol, a former Trump presidential rival, Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted: “The hatred of the Democratic Party for Donald Trump knows no bounds.”
“The ‘substance’ of this political persecution is utter garbage,” said Cruz, a former Texas attorney general. “This is completely unprecedented and a catastrophic escalation in arming the justice system.”
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., warned that Democrats “will regret this.”
“Today’s indictment of Donald Trump is not about the law. It’s about power. pure power. … It’s an attack on our democracy, pure and simple,” Hawley tweeted.
Ohio Sen. JD Vance, one of the five GOP senators who has previously endorsed Trump in the 2024 presidential primary, said in a statement the charges amounted to “political persecution disguised as law.”
“Alvin Bragg’s decision to impeach him is blatant election interference and a direct attack on the tens of millions of Americans who support him,” said Vance, whose victory in a contested Senate primary last year is largely credited to Trump’s endorsement.
“Rather than working to improve the lives of the Americans they’re supposed to represent, the ruling party is focused on bringing down its biggest threat in the next election,” Vance added. “The American people will see this for exactly what it is: a gross miscarriage of justice.”
This article was originally published on NBCNews.com
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