“The former president’s announcement this morning is reckless: He is doing this to keep himself in the news and stir up unrest among his supporters,” Pelosi, the former speaker of the House, tweeted. “He cannot hide his violations of law, disrespect for our elections and incitement to violence. Rightly so, our legal system will decide how to hold him accountable.”
Pelosi’s tweets came after Trump announced he expects his arrest on Tuesday amid reports that the Manhattan district attorney’s office is preparing to issue an indictment for alleged hush money payments made by Trump in 2016 as a presidential candidate.
TRUMP RECEIVES ‘NO REPORT‘ OTHER THAN ‘ILLEGAL LEAKS’ ABOUT POSSIBLE ARREST NEXT WEEK, SPOKESMAN SAYS
“NOW ILLEGAL LEAKS FROM A CORRUPT & HIGHLY POLITICAL MANHATTAN DISTRICT LAW FIRM, WHICH HAS SET NEW RECORDS IN VIOLENT CRIMS & WHOSE LEADER IS FUNDED BY GEORGE SOROS, INDICATE THAT, WITHOUT CRIME CAN BE PROVED, & BASED ON AN OLD & FULLY DISCLOSED (BY COUNTLESS OTHER OFFICER OF PROCEEDINGS!) FAIRYTALE, THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE AND FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WILL BE ARRESTED ON TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK. PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK!, (sic)” Trump posed for his Truth Social account.
In her tweets, Pelosi hinted at the possibility of an impeachment against Trump.
“Whatever the Grand Jury decides,” wrote Pelosi, “its deliberation makes it clear: no one is above the law, not even a former president of the United States.”
Left: Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Right: Former President Donald Trump (Fox news)
Pelosi wasn’t the only Democrat to comment on Trump’s statement on Saturday. Indeed, her successor as the top House Democrat, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, DN.Y., appeared to reference Trump in a tweet that denounced “right-wing extremists” for “incendiary” rhetoric.
“We live in a democracy,” Jeffries wrote. “Right-wing extremists who fan the flames of political violence with incendiary rhetoric are not fit to serve. American values over autocracy.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., on House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. be charged next week.
“Here we go again: Kevin McCarthy reprises the role of criminal defense attorney to shield Trump from accountability,” Schiff tweeted. “Without regard for the consequences for the country, he stirs the pot and calls for an investigation by the investigators. It’s all part of Trump’s playbook.”
Representative Eric Swalwell, R-Calif., likewise accused McCarthy of “using his powers in government to stop an independent prosecution of his boss.”
Rep. Ted Lieu similarly slammed McCarthy, claiming he is “bending the knee” to Trump.
“Dear (McCarthy): Do you know what the charge is?” Lieu wrote. “Have you seen any evidence from the grand jury? No. You are a cowardly, partisan politician who does not respect the rule of law. In America, no one is above the law, not even the person you kneel before.” .”
Lieu also tweeted that no one is above the law, including former presidents, but noted that Trump has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt before a judge or jury.”
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The office of Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg is reportedly set to meet with law enforcement officials next week to discuss the logistics of a possible indictment stemming from a year-long investigation into Trump’s alleged hush money scandal involving porn star Stormy Daniels. was involved.
In the final weeks of the 2016 presidential campaign, then-Trump attorney Michael Cohen sent $130,000 to Daniels to prevent her from revealing her alleged 2006 affair with Trump, who has denied the affair. Trump subsequently repaid Cohen.
Charges that prosecutors may bring against Trump are expected to be related to the false recording of the fees in his company’s internal records as “legal expenses.”
There has also been much speculation that Trump could be accused of violating campaign finance laws by arranging the payments to buy Daniels’ silence weeks before the 2016 election. However, some experts have questioned the legal reasoning behind such a charge.
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Trump spokesman Steven Cheung described the ongoing investigation by the Manhattan district attorney’s office as a “witch hunt”, calling the former president “completely innocent” and accusing District Attorney Alvin Bragg of being in the pocket of President Biden and “radical Democrats”.
Aaron Kliegman is a political reporter for Fox News Digital.