The extraordinary indictment of a former president began to unfold in New York late last week.
Yesterday, surrounded by his Secret Service detail, former President Donald Trump departed Florida for New York City to voluntarily engage in judicial proceedings.
Trump has pledged to battle any and all assaults against him, including this one relating to claims from 2016 regarding payments made to an accuser that had been previously dismissed.
Trump posted yesterday, “HEADING TO NEW YORK. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
Former President Trump freely traveled to New York on Monday without fear of extradition, as Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis declared last week, following the indictment announcement, that the state would not comply with any extradition request for Trump.
“The weaponization of the legal system to advance a political agenda turns the rule of law on its head. It is un-American. The Manhattan District Attorney has consistently bent the law to downgrade felonies and to excuse criminal misconduct. Yet, now he is stretching the law to target a political opponent. Florida will not assist in an extradition request given the questionable circumstances at issue with this Soros-backed Manhattan prosecutor and his political agenda,” DeSantis said emphatically.
As the unique situation unfolds, the prosecution seeks a gag order on the proceedings, presumably to prevent the former president from informing the public of the trial’s progress. Yesterday, though, a Manhattan judge’s judgment revealed certain media exemptions.
Judge Juan Merchan ruled late on Monday night that he will allow five pool photographers to snap for several minutes before the arraignment formally starts on Tuesday around 2:15 p.m. Eastern Time. However, the judge declared that no cameras will be allowed in the courtroom, Conservative Brief reports.
“That this indictment involves a matter of monumental significance cannot possibly be disputed. Never in the history of the United States has a sitting or past President been indicted on criminal charges,” Merchan said.
No electronic devices would be permitted in either the main or overflow courtrooms, as the judge stated that he “needed to balance other interests.”
Republicans are rallying with Trump because, as previously reported by Republic Brief, they view the issue as a political strategy by Democrats to prevent Trump from regaining the presidency.
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz responded: “The Democrat Party’s hatred for Donald Trump knows no bounds. The ‘substance’ of this political persecution is utter garbage. This is completely unprecedented and is a catastrophic escalation in the weaponization of the justice system.”
Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley said: “Tonight’s indictment of Donald Trump isn’t about the law. It’s about power. Raw power. It’s the Democrat Party telling the nation they will stop at nothing to control the outcome of the next presidential election. It is an assault on our democracy, pure and simple.”
Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz delivered a big update last week after he had a phone call with Trump.
“We will wake up in a very different America because we can no longer have moral authority against the dictators who would always find it easier to jail their political rivals than to compete against them in free and fair elections. I remember my Democrat colleagues about Comey making derogatory comments about Clinton before the election. This must ring a thousand times louder to them. I believe there are federal equities at play that the United States Congress is about to evaluate,” Gaetz added.
“We don’t want to resolve differences through violence but the Chinese communist party can pay every grifter but Donald Trump can’t pay Stormy Daniels without a legal dispute. There’s a legal element that’s not met by any evidence. They would have to prove that Donald Trump would have no reason other than the election to try to resolve this issue with Stormy Daniels privately and outside of the public sphere. I think a motion to dismiss will happen next. If this were ever to be tried, you could not do it in Manhattan. You would see a change of venue in upstate New York. Maybe it’s the only place Donald Trump could get a fair trial. I expect this will be resolved well before that by any court that looks at the way that the law is being tortured in the absence of any charge that would be maintainable against any human being on the Planet Earth other than Donald Trump and against Trump it’s clearly political,” he concluded.