Former President Donald Trump has been indicted by a federal grand jury in an ongoing criminal Department of Justice investigation into the discovery of classified documents found at his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida earlier this year.
Trump announced Thursday evening in a post on his Truth Social platform that his attorneys had been informed he has been indicted. With the news of the indictment came a nation’s worth of reactions.
Leaders in the political world are reacting to the historic federal indictment that comes months after the government recovered over 300 classified documents from Trump.
Vivek Ramaswamy, a 2024 GOP presidential candidate, expressed his stance shortly after the indictment was announced, saying he would pardon Trump if he were to be elected to the presidency in order to “restore the rule of law in our country.”
“It’s hypocritical for the DOJ to selectively prosecute Trump but not Biden,” Ramaswamy said in a Twitter statement.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) took to Twitter in an attempt to connect the Trump indictment and bribery allegations of President Joe Biden.
“Imagine being naive enough to believe that the Biden Bribe evidence and Trump indictment happening the same day was a coincidence,” Gaetz tweeted.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has been working with Rep. James Comer (R-KY) on the House Oversight Committee in an attempt to receive documents from the FBI that Republicans believe hold evidence of a criminal scheme from the Biden family. FBI Director Christopher Wray and the committee reached an agreement this week, with Wray allowing all members of the House panel to view the documents that were initially subpoenaed.
“DOJ indicts former President / candidate Trump SAME DAY DOJ/FBI restricts access to unnecessarily redacted Biden allegations And they wonder why ppl think there r two standards for justice,” Grassley tweeted.
Other allegations were unveiled by Fox News Thursday, alleging the President was paid $5 million by an executive from the Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings, where his son, Hunter Biden, was a board member.
More Republican lawmakers are also insinuating the release of information about the Biden allegations and the Trump federal probe are connected.
“President Trump is indicted on the day we unveiled significant findings related to Joe Biden’s corruption,” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) said on Twitter. “We ought to defund and dismantle the DOJ. I stand with President Trump.”
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a longtime opponent of Trump who gained national attention as the lead prosecutor in the former president’s first impeachment trial in 2019 on charges of abuse of power and obstruction, called the second indictment “another affirmation of the rule of law.”
“For four years, he acted like he was above the law. But he should be treated like any other lawbreaker. And today, he has been,” Schiff stated on Twitter.
Organizations of Trump’s opposing party praised the news.
“Happy Trump Indictment Day Number Two for those who celebrate!” the Democratic Coalition stated. The coalition is a large grassroots progressive organization committed to electing Democrats nationwide.
Trump became the first President to be indicted in April, and he was indicted over alleged hush money payments surrounding the 2016 election. Trump was charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree, all relating to payments made to former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, paying off film star Stormy Daniels over her sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.
Trump has been summoned to appear in Miami federal court on Tuesday at 3 p.m., per his Truth Social post.