Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has asked Americans not to protest should former President Donald Trump be indicted.
Trump is currently being investigated by New York DA Alvin Bragg into an alleged “hush” money payment to Stormy Daniels.
“Protest, take our nation back!” Trump said to his followers on Saturday.
“I don’t think people should protest this, no. And I think President Trump, if you talk to him, he doesn’t believe that, either,” McCarthy said when asked by NBC News during House Republicans’ retreat in Orlando.
McCarthy also said later on that “Nobody should harm one another.”
McCarthy did question the validity of the case and also why Bragg seemed more interested in Trump than he did in tackling increasing crime in New York.
“Lawyer after lawyer will tell you this is the weakest case out there, trying to make a misdemeanor a felony,” said McCarthy, flanked by members of his leadership team in an outdoor courtyard at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes.
“The last thing we want … is somebody putting their thumb on the scale [of justice] simply because they don’t agree with somebody else’s political view,” McCarthy added. “That is what’s wrong, and that’s what infuriates people. And this will not hold up in court if this is what he wants to do.”
McCarthy also said that the Republican led house will look into whether federal funding was used in Bragg’s investigation and “subvert our democracy by interfering in elections with politically motivated prosecutions.”
Trump said that the arrest was politically motivated, and this was due to him being “the far & away leading candidate” for President. Trump also said he expected to be arrested on Tuesday.
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