A protest is also scheduled for Monday night, organized by the New York Young Republicans Club, who intend to speak out against what many are calling the politically motivated prosecution of Donald Trump.
The NYYRC said, "Join us in peaceful protest of Alvin Bragg's heinous attack on President Donald J. Trump and the legitimacy of the American judicial system."
Trump announced on Saturday that he anticipated being arrested on Tuesday. Since then, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, along with House GOP led by Jim Jordan, have spoken out against it. DeSantis did not immediately speak out against the potential indictment, a lack of reaction which many Trump supporters found an egregious oversight. He did speak up on Monday, however, stating that he believed the prosecution to be politically motivated, and that the state of Florida would not get involved in a potential extradition of Trump to New York.
Trump is accused of misdemeanor charges stemming from payment he made to his 2016 attorney Michael Cohen, which Cohen then passed on as "hush money" to Stormy Daniels, a porn star, with whom Trump had an encounter years before. The charge is that Trump recorded these payments as legal fees, when the funds were then used for a different purpose. Bragg reportedly plans to elevate that misdemeanor charge to a felony, alleging that Trump intended to use that first crime to engage in a second crime, election fraud.
The letter from House GOP to Bragg reads, in part: "You are reportedly about to engage in an unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority," the letter begins, "the indictment of a former President of the United States and current declared candidate for that office. This indictment comes after years of your office searching for a basis—any basis—on which to bring charges, ultimately settling on a novel legal theory untested anywhere in the country and one that federal authorities declined to pursue.
"If these reports are accurate," it continues, "your actions will erode confidence in the evenhanded application of justice and unalterably interfere in the course of the 2024 presidential election. In light of the serious consequences of your actions, we expect that you will testify about what plainly appears to be a politically motivated prosecutorial decision."
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