Similar to previous Trump indictment news, conservative lawmakers in Congress rushed to defend the 77-year-old Trump, slamming the indictment as a “sham,” attacking the prosecutor and casting the investigation as a partisan “witch hunt” that seeks to undermine Trump’s presidential campaign.
“Another week, another sham indictment,” Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Mo., said. “This time it’s a radical prosecutor in Fulton County who wants nothing more than to stop President Trump from participating in the 2024 Presidential Election.”
The indictment, which accuses Trump and his allies of trying to overturn the election result in a top 2020 battleground state, spurred claims from some conservatives that prosecutors are abusing their power to target Trump.
“Biden has weaponized government against his leading political opponent to interfere in the 2024 election,” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., posted on X. “Now a radical DA in Georgia is following Biden’s lead by attacking President Trump and using it to fundraise her political career. Americans see through this desperate sham.”
That was largely the response McCarthy had in past Trump indictments. After Trump’s indictment on New York state charges, McCarthy called that case “weaponization of the federal justice process.” After the first federal criminal indictment in Florida, McCarthy said House Republicans “will hold this brazen weaponization of power accountable.”