Democrats took to Twitter Thursday night to respond to former President Donald Trump’s indictment. A Manhattan grand jury’s decision to indict Trump marks the first time a former U.S. president has faced criminal charges.
The charges against the 45th U.S. president revolve around supposed hush money payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 presidential election. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg led the investigation.
“No one is above the law. Now do the rest of his crimes,” Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., tweeted.
“The Grand Jury has acted upon the facts and the law,” Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said. “No one is above the law, and everyone has the right to a trial to prove innocence. Hopefully, the former President will peacefully respect the system, which grants him that right.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., tweeted, “Donald Trump is subject to the same laws as every American. He will be able to avail himself of the legal system and a jury, not politics, to determine his fate according to the facts and the law.”
“The indictment of a former president is unprecedented,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said. “But so too is the unlawful conduct in which Trump has been engaged. A nation of laws must hold the rich and powerful accountable, even when they hold high office. Especially when they do. To do otherwise is not democracy.”
“SO Trump finally got indicted!,” Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said. “I predicted he would and I predicted that Stormy Daniels would get him! Sometimes justice works!”
“The news of Trump’s indictment is a testament to one of the most fundamental ideals of our country: no one is above the law – not even presidents,” Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., tweeted.
Squad member Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., reacted to Trump’s indictment writing, “Our democracy rests on the rule of law. When someone—no matter how powerful they are—is suspected of a criminal act, our justice system investigates, charges, and convicts them in accordance with due process.”
Omar went on to say she hopes her fellow congressional members join her in “supporting justice and accountability—regardless of party—for the sake of our democracy.”
“I have faith in our legal system to handle former President Trump’s case without interference and with the seriousness it deserves,” Rep. Rob Menendez, D-N.J., wrote on Twitter. “As the legal process plays out, we must continue to focus on doing the work of the American people. And that is exactly what Democrats will do.”
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., tweeted, “Our independent, impartial judicial system is the cornerstone of our democracy. Nothing Jim Jordan and Kevin McCarthy can do can change that.”
Nadler’s comments were in response to Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, tweeting “Outrageous,” after the news broke of Trump’s indictment.
“Our justice system has an obligation to pursue the facts & law wherever they lead,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., tweeted. “Former President Trump will have the same rights as any criminal defendant & the justice system will presume him innocent until proven guilty.”
“While there are many unknowns, we know a few things to be true,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said in a Twitter thread, adding the “Manhattan District Attorney must be allowed to continue his investigation without interference. Any attempt to undermine this process is contrary to the rule of law; and [p]olitical violence or threats of violence cannot be tolerated.”
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