Republicans Rally Behind Trump, Adopting His False Indictment Narrative

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2023-06-09 16:10:55  • 4 mins

Top House Republicans intensified their attacks on President Biden and the Justice Department on Friday after the federal indictment of former President Donald J. Trump, suggesting falsely that Mr. Biden, not a grand jury made up of American citizens, had charged him with crimes as part of a political vendetta.

It was the latest instance of top-ranking Republicans in Congress closing ranks behind the former president and helping to spread unfounded accusations against the government, in the process undermining public confidence in the rule of law and stoking intense anger in their partys base against the nations institutions.

Lets be clear about whats happening: Joe Biden is weaponizing his Department of Justice against his own political rival, said Representative Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, the No. 2 House Republican. This sham indictment is the continuation of the endless political persecution of Donald Trump.

Mr. Scalises comments followed those of Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who vowed to hold this brazen weaponization of power accountable.

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