Capitol Hill, March 31, 2023 – Republican leaders and Trump loyalists on Capitol Hill have come together to support former President Donald Trump after news broke that a Manhattan grand jury indicted him.
This show of support highlights Trump’s continuing influence on the Republican Party.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy took to Twitter to express his disapproval, criticizing Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and saying, “The American people will not tolerate this injustice.”
He promised that the House of Representatives would hold Bragg accountable for this “unprecedented abuse of power.”
Steve Scalise, the second-highest ranking House Republican, also voiced his disapproval, calling the indictment “outrageous” and accusing Democrats of using government power to attack political opponents.
In addition, the House GOP conference chair, Elise Stefanik, condemned the indictment as “a political witch hunt” and a “dark day for America.”
The indictment against Trump has been filed under seal, with the charges to be announced in the coming days.
In the meantime, Trump called key allies on Capitol Hill to shore up support and to discuss plans to fight the charges.
Many of Trump’s staunchest supporters quickly defended him on social media.
Tweets from House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, Rep. Lauren Boebert, Rep. Matt Gaetz, and Rep. Andy Biggs all criticized the indictment and rallied behind the former president.
Several senators also chimed in, with Sen. Thom Tillis suggesting the indictment “does not pass the smell test” and pointing to the Department of Justice’s previous decision not to pursue a case against Trump.
However, not all Republicans immediately attacked Bragg or the indictment.
For example, Rep. Don Bacon told CNN that he trusts the justice system and believes the truth will be revealed in due course.
Before the indictment announcement, Republican chairmen, including Jim Jordan, James Comer, and Bryan Steil, had already requested testimony from Bragg and information about his investigation.
Despite pushback from Bragg’s office, these Republican chairmen remain committed to pursuing the matter further.