Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Saturday slammed former President Donald Trump’s statement that he expects to be arrested next week, calling it “reckless” and accusing him of inciting violence.
“The former president’s announcement this morning is reckless: doing so to keep himself in the news & to foment unrest among his supporters,” tweeted Pelosi, the former House speaker. “He cannot hide from his violations of the law, disrespect for our elections and incitements to violence. Rightfully, our legal system will decide how to hold him accountable.”
Pelosi’s tweets came after Trump announced he anticipates his arrest on Tuesday amid reports saying the Manhattan district attorney’s office is preparing to issue an indictment for alleged hush money payments that Trump made as a presidential candidate in 2016.
Pelosi wasn’t the only Democrat to comment on Trump’s statement on Saturday. Indeed, her successor as the top House Democrat, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., appeared to be referencing Trump in a tweet lambasting “right-wing extremists” for “inflammatory” rhetoric.
“We live in a democracy,” wrote Jeffries. “Right-wing extremists who fan the flames of political violence with inflammatory rhetoric are not fit to serve. American values over autocracy.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., took aim at House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., for saying he’s directing House committees to investigate whether federal funds are being used for “politically motivated prosecutions” amid reports that Trump could be indicted as early as next week.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, R-Calif., similarly accused McCarthy of “using his powers in government to stop an independent prosecution of his boss.”
Rep. Ted Lieu similarly slammed McCarthy, claiming he “bends the knee” to Trump.
“Dear [McCarthy]: Do you even know what the charges are?,” wrote Lieu. “Have you seen any of the grand jury evidence? No. You are being a craven, partisan politician who doesn’t respect the rule of law. In America, no one is above the law, including the person to whom you bend your knee.”
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