The eldest son of Donald Trump has reacted to his father’s indictment on criminal charges on his “Triggered with Donald Trump Jr” podcast almost immediately after learning of the historic move.
A Manhattan grand jury voted to indict the former president on Thursday (local time) for his role in the alleged crime.
While the exact charges are not yet known, it is believed to be related to a (USD)$130,000 payout to porn star Stormy Daniels to ensure her silence about her alleged affair with Mr Trump.
The indictment will make Mr Trump the first former president to face criminal charges.
Learning of the charges shortly before recording his podcast, Trump Jr went on a tirade accusing the federal government of being “communist” and unfairly targeting the 45th president.
“Let’s be clear, folks. This is like communist level s***. This is stuff that would make Mao Stalin Pol Pot…blush,” Mr Trump said.
“It’s so flagrant. It’s so crazed when even like the radical leftists of The Washington Post are out there saying it’s not really based on facts.
“If you don’t think that the weaponisation of the entire federal government against their political enemies, against the voters – half of the country approximately – as we’ve seen, if you don’t think that’s a problem, you don’t even belong in any position in government, let alone president.”
Mr Trump then attacked Ms Daniels and former Trump lawyer and key witness in the case Michael Cohen who has been alleged to have facilitated the (USD)$130,000 payment.
He also accused the political and media establishment of targeting his family and conservatives but sparing the Biden or Clinton families from similar scrutiny.
“We’re in a battle for our existence and this entire case hinges on unreliable, discredited witnesses, Stormy Daniels, who I believe owes my father a couple of hundred grand in legal fees because they lost,’ Mr Trump said.
“It hinged on disgraced, jailed, disbarred, clown lawyer, Michael Cohen, along with a really shaky and murky legal theory surrounding campaign finance law.
“The law doesn’t really matter if you can weaponize it against conservatives, if you can weaponize it against people who are going to take on the swamp.
“Notice they don’t do this to the Biden administration or to the Biden family or to the Clintons or to any of the corrupt democrats that have made millions and billions where there is smoke.”
He was joined by his younger brother Eric Trump who echoed the pair’s father and accused New York District Attornery Alvin Bragg of being a “puppet” of Democratic mega donor George Soros.
“This is what you get for giving a crooked politician 1 million dollars. Alvin Bragg is a Soros puppet,” Mr Trump said on Twitter.
The investigation into the hush money charges began in 2018 when Mr Cohen told a court that Mr Trump had directed him to deliver hush money payments to two women during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The grand jury has been meeting since January 2023 to hear testimony about the hush money from at least nine witnesses related to the alleged crime.
Trump allies have attacked the District Attorney and attempted to link him with Mr Soros.
While the pair have never met, according to a spokesperson for Mr Soros, the billionaire has donated to his campaign.
Mr Soros donated $1 million to a progressive criminal justice campaigning group “Color for Change” in order to fund Mr Bragg’s campaign days after the organisation decided to back the candidacy.
A spokesperson for Mr Bragg confirmed the indictment on Thursday night (local time).
“This evening we contacted Mr. Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender to the Manhattan D.A.’s Office for arraignment on a Supreme Court indictment, which remains under seal,” they said.
“Guidance will be provided when the arraignment date is selected.”
News Source: www.skynews.com.au