As could be expected, Nancy Pelosi — the former Speaker of the House who although out of Democratic leadership in the chamber still holds her seat — was among those speaking out after Donald Trump was indicted on what were reportedly dozens of criminal charges this week.
The alleged offenses relate, it seems so far, to hush money that was illegally provided to adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 presidential election covering an affair she purportedly had with the now former president. The funds, which were directly produced by the ex-president’s now former ally Michael Cohen, already led to a criminal case against Cohen dealing with him surpassing the legal limits for individuals supporting federal campaigns — support that, as relevant under the law, doesn’t only take the form of direct cash contributions. Cohen subsequently provided prosecutors in New York with what it seems were expansive caches of insider information, and the case against Trump is expected to hinge on falsification of business records connected to the reimbursements provided to Cohen.
“The Grand Jury has acted upon the facts and the law,” Pelosi said Thursday, referring to the judicial body that approved the Trump indictment. “No one is above the law, and everyone has the right to a trial to prove innocence. Hopefully, the former President will peacefully respect the system, which grants him that right.”
Of course, with Trump, such is a tall order. Before news of the indictment began circulating, he’d already expended a considerable amount of energy going after Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who’s behind the case. Trump had also turned to rhetoric indicating he evidently took a delay in substantive action to mean the case was at least in danger of falling apart, despite a lack of real-world indications that such was actually what was happening. He’s also continued pushing for action from his supporters, but these calls really haven’t manifested in much — although there’s still his arraignment, which is set for now to happen early next week, when Trump’s personal presence could lead to further demonstrations. Still, it’s New York City — not exactly known for harboring a substantial portion of Trump supporters in its population!