House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has ordered a probe into the prosecutors reportedly planning to indict 45th President Donald Trump on Tuesday, describing the planned action as a “an outrageous abuse of power.”
Trump posted news of his impending arrest on Truth social on Saturday, informing supporters that he would be arrested on Tuesday. On the heels of this news, McCarthy announced plans to investigate those pursuing Trump legally.
“Here we go again,” wrote McCarthy, describing the planned arrest as “an outrageous abuse of power by a radical DA” who is soft on violent crime in the district “as he pursues political vengeance” against Trump and his Republican voters.
“I am directing relevant committees to immediately investigate if federal funds are being used to subvert our democracy by interfering in elections with politically motivated prosecutions,” McCarthy declared.
Trump wrote that he would be arrested in a post on Truth Social on Saturday morning.
“Now illegal leaks from a corrupt & highly political Manhattan District Attorneys office,” wrote Trump, “indicate that, with no crime being able to be proven, & based on old & fully debunked fairy tale,” he is to be arrested.
“The far & away leading Republican candidate & former president of the United States of America, will be arrested on Tuesday of next week.”
Trump raised eyebrows earlier this year when he went against the populist grain of his supporters and endorsed McCarthy, a previously establishment-leaning Republican from California, for Speaker of the House.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a fierce Trump ally and surrogate for his agenda in Congress, seemed to indicate at the time that McCarthy’s promise to release hours of January 6 security videos to the public, alongside a possible impeachment of Joe Biden, ultimately won her support.
Elsewhere, Greene has suggested that McCarthy’s personal convictions changed after witnessing what Republicans term the Biden administration’s political persecution of Trump supporters who attended the mostly peaceful protests in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021.
This news and commentary by Tom Pappert originally appeared on Valiant News.