June 2, 2023

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Fair or politicized inquiry? Reactions to Trump’s investigation mixed

On Tuesday, Trump pleaded not guilty to charges formally brought against him in a Manhattan court in New York, denying that he paid hush money to the two women.

The court unveiled a list of 34 charges against the former Republican president, who saw the investigation as political targeting against him as he seeks to return to the White House through the 2024 elections.

Reject and accept

Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Green said, “The Communist Democrats arrested President Trump because he is the only person they are fighting to take over America. We will never give up on him.”

In a similar vein, Republican Senator Ted Cruz wrote, “The arrest and prosecution of former President Donald Trump by Soros’ left-wing lawyer is a travesty of the rule of law.”

“Not only is the allegation absurd, but this political persecution marks a black day for our country,” he added.

On the other hand, Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “I believe that Donald Trump will follow the facts and the law and conduct a fair investigation.”

“There is no room for outside influence or intimidation of the legal process in our justice system,” he said, adding, “The investigation continues, protest is an American right, but all protest must be peaceful.”

High fees

In 2016, NBC reported that Trump paid two women to keep quiet about sexual relations.

The charges against Trump in New York fall within the “felony” circle and, as has been expected for some time, include falsifying business records.

According to U.S. Justice Department experts, the falsification of business records in the Trump case means that the former president hired his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to pay him on his behalf so that he would not appear in the film, and then paid him an illegal amount in fees.

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