Orlando, Fla. — House Republicans on Monday called former President Donald J. Protests have rallied around Trump’s expected indictment by a Manhattan grand jury, as at least one GOP lawmaker has endorsed his 2024 presidential bid and used their investigative powers to probe active criminal investigations targeting him. Propaganda.
Three Republican caucus leaders met Monday morning, including Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Mr. Trump, who is said to be close to impeachment, has demanded the release of communications, documents and testimony about his investigation, an unusual step by Congress to implicate himself in an active crime. Investigation.
“It is said that you are about to engage in an act An unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial power.” Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio on the Judiciary Committee, Representative James R. of Kentucky on the Oversight and Accountability Committee. and Wisconsin Representative Brian Steele of the executive committee wrote. “If these reports are accurate, your actions will undermine confidence in the equal application of justice and irrevocably interfere with the course of the 2024 presidential election.”
They requested “all documents and communications relating to the receipt and use of federal funds by the New York County District Attorney’s Office.”
That office receives very little funding from the federal government, according to its most recent budget, but the letter also served as a warning to the FBI and the Justice Department, which Mr. It is also considering lawsuits against Trump.
The letter said House Republicans used their investigative powers to accuse Mr. It’s the latest attempt to defend Trump. They are Mr. They have authorized a new subcommittee to examine criminal investigations into Trump’s conduct.
The Justice Department has so far resisted what federal prosecutors see as unnecessary intrusions into their work. Citing longstanding sector policy. Mr. Prague was expected to be unlikely to allow Republicans access to material related to the active case.
Still, Mr. Trump’s lawyers have quietly urged the Republican-led House to intervene. Last month, Mr. Mr. Trump’s attorney, Joseph Tacobina, said: Times wrote to Jordan.
News that Republicans would do so came as House GOP lawmakers gathered in Orlando to plot their policy agenda, Mr. As Trump faces new challenges and a potentially divisive presidential election, they face new political calculations about how to position themselves. Primary Looms.
Representative Anna Paulina Luna of Florida, Mr. Loyal to both Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Mr. He announced his official endorsement of Trump’s presidential campaign, indicating that the anticipated impeachment has undoubtedly pushed him to choose sides.
“I support President Trump,” Ms. Luna told The New York Times in a statement. Explaining his support, Mr. Brock is “trying to cook up charges against Trump outside the statute of limitations” and “This is unheard of, and Americans need to see this: an abuse of power and a fascist oversight of the justice system.”
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Mrs. Officer pointed to politics Last week he said Mr. In the presidential race against DeSantis, Mr. Will lean towards Trump. But his entirely charitable endorsement underscores the forces pulling Republicans, Mr.
Mr. Trump, until now, has been more shunned than embraced by House Republicans.
33 year old Mrs. Luna, elected in November, Mr. Trump and Mr. Endorsed by both, DeSantis campaigned with him in the general election, calling him a “principle fighter”. “It’s not unusual now to see Trump-DeSantis 2024 flags,” he noted, while trying to stay out of the fight between the two Republican leaders in the past.
But Mr. Trump said he would be arrested on Tuesday, stirring that people should “resist” and Republican leaders rushing to his defense, leaving Ms Luna on the sidelines.
“I’m sick of the press trying to make an enemy out of someone who is putting our country in a good place from an economic and policy perspective,” he said. “Save me the virtue signal. Trump 2024.
At a retreat here on Monday, Mr. They condemned Bragg and unanimously backed Mr Trump.
Rep. Mario Diaz-Ballard of Florida said Monday that Mr. Bragg said he was a “rugged, left-wing, extreme prosecutor who decided to go after the former president for political reasons.” He said he condoned peaceful protests and added the expected accusation: “We’re used to seeing that in third world countries. It’s something that doesn’t happen in this country.
California Speaker Kevin McCarthy also said on Sunday that Mr. Bragg said he was politically motivated but argued against the protests. “I find it interesting that he spent all his time as a DA and not prosecuting crimes,” Mr. McCarthy Mr. Said of Prague. “Republicans and Democrats hate this kind of justice.”
In an interview, Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, Mr. One of Trump’s fiercest defenders and the only party leader to back him said the expected impeachment “only strengthens President Trump moving forward.” And he didn’t discourage people from protesting, he urged them to do so. “I believe that people have a constitutional right to free speech when they disagree,” he said.
A member of the House Freedom Caucus, Ms. Luna, during his protracted struggle to win in January, Mr. He was one of the few new legislators who joined a group of rebels who voted against McCarthy. He did not attend the retreat in his home state.
But in a lengthy statement, Ms Luna accused President Biden of overseeing an “exit from Afghanistan” and pursuing a “soft approach on China”. “Are people still clutching their pearls and parroting the ‘orange man is bad’ mentality?” she said.
Most House Republicans are neutral on the 2024 presidential election. Last week, Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, who has yet to officially launch his presidential campaign, said Mr. DeSantis gave early approval. Rep. Ralph Norman, Republican of South Carolina, endorsed Nikki Haley, the state’s former governor.
Mrs. A handful of Trump loyalists have endorsed the former president, including Stefanik and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green of Georgia. But most have seen little benefit in expressing interest in betting at this early stage.
That decision was especially difficult for members of the Florida delegation — the expected indictment of at least one of them, Mr. Until it prompts him to step up his defense of Trump.
“DeSantis is a great leader for Florida and I will continue to support him as my governor,” Ms. Luna said.
Annie Gurney Orlando, Fla., and Luke Broadwater From Washington. Allan Fire Contributed report.