After Trump Conviction, GOP Lawmakers Assault U.S. Justice System

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WASHINGTON — Republican leaders blasted Donald Trump’s responsible verdict on Thursday — and casually trashed the complete U.S. justice system.

“This was a purely political exercise, not a legal one,” Home Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) stated in an announcement, falsely suggesting that President Joe Biden orchestrated the case.

“The weaponization of our justice system has been a hallmark of the Biden Administration,” Johnson stated, “and the decision today is further evidence that Democrats will stop at nothing to silence dissent and crush their political opponents.”

“Absolute injustice,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), who’s vying to be Trump’s vice presidential decide, stated in an announcement. “This erodes our justice system. Hear me clearly: You cannot silence the American people. You cannot stop us from voting for change.”

Their feedback have been typical for GOP lawmakers within the aftermath of Trump’s verdict. It’s the newest signal that high Republicans are ditching their “law and order” model of their efforts to suck up to Trump amid his post-presidential authorized woes. Johnson, Scott and different GOP lawmakers have spent the previous few weeks flocking to Trump’s trial in New York Metropolis to seem on tv with him, and to assault the decide, the court docket and the rule of regulation itself.

It’s additionally a continuation of the hole-digging Trump has pressured Republicans to do to excuse his steady flouting of norms and legal guidelines — a undertaking that has accelerated significantly within the years since Trump misplaced the 2020 election.

Home Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) as he stands behind Trump talking exterior of his prison trial.

After Trump incited a riot on the U.S. Capitol as a part of his schemes to illegally stay in energy, Republicans have more and more downplayed the assault. In 2023, after they retook the Home of Representatives, Republicans launched a “Weaponization of Government” committee to place all depredations in opposition to the Trump motion in a single large class, with the prison instances in opposition to Trump himself at all times front-and-center.

On Friday, the committee’s chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), demanded Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg, who led Trump’s prosecution, testify in regards to the case in June.

“This hearing will examine actions by state and local prosecutors to engage politically motivated prosecutions of federal officials, in particular the recent political prosecution of President Donald Trump by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office,” Jordan stated in a letter to Bragg.

Trump was discovered responsible on 34 counts of falsifying enterprise data to cover election-year hush cash funds to Stormy Daniels, an grownup movie star who stated she had intercourse with Trump in 2006. Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified that he despatched cash on the previous president’s behalf and disguised it as funds for different companies.

For all their fuming, Republicans aren’t denying the allegations in opposition to Trump. As a substitute, they’re blaming Biden, calling the case a “selective prosecution,” whining that Cohen is a liar (whereas not disputing his precise testimony), complaining that the fees ought to have been misdemeanors moderately than felonies or saying that the decide was corrupt as a result of his daughter earns a dwelling in Democratic politics.

“We need to understand what are the connections between big Democratic money and this sham prosecution,” Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) stated on Fox Information, baselessly planting the concept that Democratic donor George Soros advised Bragg to go after Trump.

Trump nonetheless faces extra state and federal expenses for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, in addition to a federal case concentrating on his hoarding of labeled authorities paperwork after he left the White Home. For Republicans, these instances are simply extra proof of the Democratic conspiracy in opposition to Trump, and it’s not doable that Trump might have dedicated a prison offense.

Within the Republican model of the universe, during which the Justice Division solely exists to persecute Trump, there isn’t a ongoing prison prosecution in opposition to the president’s son, Hunter Biden, due to Democratic-led corruption. In the meantime, the general public corruption instances in opposition to two Democratic members of Congress, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), are successfully window dressing.

“New York is a liberal shit hole.”

– Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.)

If Trump retakes the White Home this November, his allies have been plotting the way to rework the Justice Division into an assault canine for right-wing causes. Not less than one lawmaker known as for authorized revenge after Trump’s verdict.

“Time for Red State AGs and DAs to get busy,” Rep. Mike Collins (R-Ga.) stated on social media, referring to state and native prosecutors.

Republicans have additionally glossed over the truth that Trump’s responsible verdict was determined not by Democratic politicians, however by a jury of 12 New York residents, who Trump personally helped to choose for his trial.

Trump was “very much involved” in choosing his jury, his lawyer, Todd Blanche, stated Thursday night time on Fox Information. “He was right there with the whole team talking about the potential jurors.”

And even because the jury delivered a unanimous responsible verdict, Blanche stated the jurors “were great.”

“They showed up on time every day. They were committed. They paid attention,” he stated. “But, we’re in a situation where we had a very limited number of people we could strike.”

However Republicans rejected the concept that Trump had been tried by a jury of his friends, suggesting that New York residents merely can’t be truthful as a result of the state tends to vote Democrat.

As Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) put it on social media, “New York is a liberal shit hole.”

Larry Hogan, the previous governor of Maryland and a present U.S. Senate candidate, was the one high-profile Republican on Thursday to make an announcement about respecting the end result of the trial and the rule of regulation, no matter what occurred.

“I urge all Americans to respect the verdict and the legal process,” Hogan posted on social media earlier than the decision was introduced. “At this dangerously divided moment in our history, all leaders—regardless of party—must not pour fuel on the fire with more toxic partisanship. We must reaffirm what has made this nation great: the rule of law.”

He was swiftly condemned by Trump supporters — and straight by Trump senior advisor Chris LaCivita.

“You just ended your campaign,” LaCivita replied to Hogan’s message.

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