Republican officials have criticized the Justice Department’s investigation into the events of January 6 and the expected indictment of former President Donald J. Trump. They voiced their support for Trump and accused the justice system of being used as a weapon against President Joe Biden’s political adversaries.
After Trump revealed he is a target in the DOJ’s probe, GOP members criticized special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation as corrupt. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy expressed a desire to utilize government resources against Biden’s primary adversary, while House Republican Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik criticized the alleged witch hunt against Trump by the Department of Justice under Joe Biden, calling it a chilling chapter in the weaponization of the justice system by the Far Left against their political opponent.
Sen. Ted Cruz expressed his belief that it is deeply harmful to the rule of law, saying the ongoing politicization and weaponization of the Department of Justice has transformed our institutions into enforcers for the partisan priorities of the Biden administration.
Florida Congressman Byron Donalds expressed confidence in Trump’s victory. Rep. Ronny Jackson also said confidence in Trump’s victory.
Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) criticized the DOJ for politically persecuting people with the last name Trump but protecting people if their last name is Biden.
Rep. Andy Ogles (R-TN) warned that if the DOJ can do this to Trump, they can do it to anyone.
On Sunday, Trump stated that he has to appear before the grand jury in four days, mentioning that his appearance probably implies that special counsel Jack Smith, whom he called “deranged,” will indict him.
Smith is investigating the events of January 6 with a focus on Trump’s efforts to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election. He initially charged Trump with nearly two dozen counts related to National Archive documents, causing 2024 fundraising for Trump to spike.
According to a recent poll by Harvard’Harris, most registered voters think that Smith’s indictment of Trump is motivated politically and is election interference. It also mentioned that Trump is leading the primary field and has a six-point lead over Biden in a hypothetical general election matchup.