Does Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in the U.S. House who is currently that legislative chamber’s Speaker, know how criminal charges work? Or how anything works?
In a predictably antagonistic rant after the revelation of additional criminal charges against Donald Trump that this time were at the federal level, McCarthy, a California Congressman, accused President Joe Biden of having indicted his key opponent, meaning Donald Trump, who — unless any of these cases mean he’s indisposed — will likely be Biden’s challenger again in 2024. Biden had nothing substantive to do with the criminal charges newly handed down against Donald, which concern his actions in harboring classified documents from his time in office after he left the presidency. The new charges against Trump, which aren’t fully available in public yet, evidently include allegations of mishandling government secrets and obstruction.
“Today is indeed a dark day for the United States of America,” McCarthy babbled online. “It is unconscionable for a President to indict the leading candidate opposing him. Joe Biden kept classified documents for decades. I, and every American who believes in the rule of law, stand with President Trump against this grave injustice. House Republicans will hold this brazen weaponization of power accountable.” Biden didn’t criminally charge Trump, and there is also no indication of clear intent in Biden’s case involving those discovered documents. Trump, meanwhile, went on CNN and directly asserted he took documents, implicating himself!
“Since I still have my law licenses, let me clarify one little thing,” Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Texas) wrote online. “@POTUS didn’t INDICT ANYONE. The secret grand jury of his Florida peers indicted Trump! What’s unconscionable is pushing this propaganda or maybe defending a twice impeached multi indicted sexual abuser.”
Replies to McCarthy’s original post covered similar ground. So did Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who said on Twitter: “Kevin McCarthy is threatening to use Congress to interfere in the federal prosecution of Donald Trump. I will be doing everything I can in the Judiciary Committee to resist that. Trump has plenty of criminal defense lawyers. That’s not the job of Congress.” Republicans have already shown their interest here, infamously having tried to essentially interfere in the separate Manhattan criminal case against Trump with sweeping demands for potentially dramatically revealing information from inside that probe.
Kevin McCarthy is threatening to use Congress to interfere in the federal prosecution of Donald Trump.
I will be doing everything I can in the Judiciary Committee to resist that.
Trump has plenty of criminal defense lawyers. That’s not the job of Congress.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 9, 2023