Yesterday, Congressman Salud Carbajal (CA-24) issued the following statement on the arrest of Donald J. Trump following a federal indictment on more than thirty counts of falsifying business records.
“Our nation was founded on the ideal of equal justice under the law. Today we’ve seen proof that this ideal is not forgotten, and our democracy is healthier for it. No one is above the law.
“While Mr. Trump deserves the same rights as any in our justice system – due process, presumption of innocence, and a speedy trial – I have been deeply troubled by the former president’s dangerous and irresponsible rhetoric that cannot be interpreted any other way than him trying to intimidate the judge, jury, and witnesses that will be part of his eventual case. Any incitements of violence by or on behalf of Mr. Trump must be condemned.
“Some have suggested that the powers of Congress might be wielded to interfere in a local district attorney’s prosecution. This would be an extremely partisan and gross abuse of power. I implore my colleagues in the House to not stoop to Mr. Trump’s misguided antics, and to not embark on the very thing they claimed they wanted to root out with their newly-gained legislative power: “weaponization of the federal government.” The justice system must be allowed to proceed without interference.”