Congressional Republicans Rally Around Trump After Indictment

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy speaks to reporters in the U.S. Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Bogus. Bulls—t. Blatantly political.

That’s how congressional Republicans overwhelmingly described Thursday night’s indictment of former President Donald Trump by a New York grand jury. It’s historic for a former president to face criminal charges—and, without having seen the full details, congressional Republicans argue it is an improper attempt to influence the 2024 presidential election.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said Thursday that the indictment has “irreparably damaged our country” and pledged to hold Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg accountable. Republicans also renewed their calls for Bragg to explain himself in testimony to Congress and said they will look into whether any federal funds contributed to Bragg’s investigation. Three GOP House committee chairs—Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, House Administration Committee Chairman Bryan Steil, and House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer—sent Bragg a letter earlier this month demanding he appear before congressional staff to answer questions. Bragg has resisted the demand to sit for a transcribed interview. House Republicans may pursue a subpoena next.

Republicans on the Senate side weren’t as quick to respond last night as their House counterparts, although the ones who made statements were still firmly in Trump’s corner. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley described the indictment as “pure politics.” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called yesterday a turning point in American history and said the Founding Fathers were weeping. 

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