WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s most fervent Capitol Hill allies erupted in fury Thursday night as news of his indictment rocked the country. They rushed to his defense and blasted Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s prosecution of the GOP presidential frontrunner as a political witch hunt designed to influence the 2024 election.
“Outrageous,” tweeted Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who is using his roles as chairman of the Judiciary and Weaponization of the Federal Government committees to investigate Bragg’s work.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who was endorsed by Trump during his bid for speaker, wrote that Bragg “has irreparably damaged our country in an attempt to interfere in our Presidential election” and “weaponized our sacred system of justice against President Donald Trump.”
The speaker also nodded to the GOP-controlled House committees probing Bragg’s prosecution of Trump: “The American people will not tolerate this injustice, and the House of Representatives will hold Alvin Bragg and his unprecedented abuse of power to account.”
Jordan, as well as Oversight Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., and House Administration Chairman Bryan Steil, R-Wis., sent Bragg a letter this month requesting that he testify before Congress about his investigation into hush-money payments Trump made to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
“Alvin Bragg is a NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT to our justice system. President Trump has been proven to have done NO wrong,” added Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, Trump’s former White House physician. “This is nothing more than a political stunt to prevent Trump from becoming President in 2024! WITCH HUNT!”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., who was preparing to deliver a Lincoln Day address in Gettysburg Thursday night, tweeted, “The irony of standing on the battleground when I found out President Trump has been indicted is profound.”
Greene said that Trump was innocent and “the only one standing in the way of these modern day tyrants, just like our founding fathers did, to protect each of us from evil.”
“Impeach Biden,” she continued. “He’s given us every reason and the family banking records and more are giving us receipts. But now that the gloves are off. Prosecute any and all crimes. Enough of this witch hunt bullshit.”
On the other side of the Capitol, one-time Trump presidential rival Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted: “The Democrat Party’s hatred for Donald Trump knows no bounds.”
“The ‘substance’ of this political persecution is utter garbage,” said Cruz, a former Texas solicitor general. “This is completely unprecedented and is a catastrophic escalation in the weaponization of the justice system.”