America is watching as former President Donald Trump travels to New York today to begin the process of clearing himself of accusations, and MAGA Republicans are cheering in support. Trump was accused late last week by a grand jury in Manhattan in a case regarding his alleged participation in hush money payments to an adult film actress who claimed to have had an affair with him in 2006. Trump has rejected these allegations.
Leading Republicans throughout the GOP are outraged by the militarization of the legal system.
Now, according to sources, Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg is going to attempt another unusual measure to conceal Trump’s process from U.S. citizens.
On Tuesday, Trump is scheduled to deliver a statement from his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida later that day. Conservative Brief writes that District Attorney Alvin Bragg is expected to seek a gag order, which would prevent the former president from discussing the matter.
“I think it’s not only a possibility, but there will likely be a gag order in the case,” Duncan Levin, a former federal prosecutor with the Department of Justice, told Insider. “Gag orders are very common in criminal cases, particularly where there is an enormous amount of pretrial publicity like this one.”
Conservative Brief writes that if the court grants a gag order and Trump breaks it, the penalty for criminal contempt under New York law is a fine of up to $1,000 or up to 30 days in prison, or both.
Bragg’s activities against Trump serve to unite the Republican party.
Once the former president was charged by a Manhattan grand jury, Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, said that the state will not comply with any request to repatriate Trump. “The use of the judicial system as a weapon to accomplish a political objective inverts the rule of law. It is un-American,” tweeted DeSantis.
“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,” he added.
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz stated, “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 spoke to the situation, “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.”
Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor and 2024 GOP presidential candidate, tweeted, “From everything I have seen from this New York district attorney is that this would be something he’d be doing for political points. I think what we know is, when you get into political prosecutions like this, it’s more about revenge than it is about justice.”
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
And Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz delivered a big update last week after he had a phone call with Trump. During an interview on Fox News, Gaetz and host Laura Ingraham spoke about Trump being indicted by a Manhattan grand jury. CONTINUE READING…