Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said retired Saturday against a imaginable indictment of erstwhile President Donald Trump from nan Manhattan District Attorney's office, urging nan 2024 GOP statesmanlike campaigner to conflict backmost and "take this each nan measurement to nan damn Supreme Court."
"The charismatic successful New York has done much to thief Donald Trump get elected president than immoderate azygous personification successful America today," said Graham, speaking from Charleston, South Carolina, astatine nan Palmetto Family Council's Vision '24 Forum, a salient blimpish Christian event.
In New York City, "you're fortunate if you don't get mugged connected nan measurement to wherever you're going. Is this really nan astir important point going connected successful Manhattan?" Graham questioned. "I deliberation this is an effort that's ongoing, ne'er ending to destruct Donald Trump, everything astir Donald Trump."
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Graham besides questioned nan ineligible reasoning down nan imaginable indictment, quoting a New York Times study that said nan imaginable charges rested connected an "untested and truthful risky ineligible theory."
GOP South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, right, said Saturday astir nan imaginable indictment of erstwhile President Donald Trump by nan agency Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, left. (Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty Images, AP Photo/Meg Kinnard )
"They're making worldly up that they've ne'er utilized against anybody because they dislike Trump. That's what this is. They're brewing a ineligible cocktail, to effort to travel up pinch immoderate bizarre theory," Graham said. "The rule ne'er utilized by anybody successful New York, conscionable because they dislike Trump. You cognize why they're doing this? Because they're acrophobic of Trump. That's why they're doing it."
Graham referred to nan targeting of Trump arsenic "selective prosecution" and said that if he were Trump, he would "take this each nan measurement to nan damn Supreme Court."
The comments from Graham, who has endorsed Trump successful nan 2024 title for president, travel reports that nan Manhattan District Attorney's agency whitethorn beryllium preparing to rumor an indictment for alleged hush money payments Trump made arsenic a statesmanlike campaigner successful 2016.
A tribunal root told Fox News Digital that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office will meet pinch rule enforcement to "discuss logistics for immoderate clip adjacent week, which would mean that they are anticipating an indictment adjacent week."
The imaginable indictment would apt stem from nan years-long investigation surrounding Trump's alleged hush money ungraded involving porn character Stormy Daniels. Towards nan extremity of nan 2016 statesmanlike campaign, Trump's then-lawyer Michael Cohen sent $130,000 to Daniels to forestall her from disclosing her 2006 matter pinch Trump. Trump reimbursed Cohen done installments.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right, speaks astatine nan Vision '24 convention connected March 18, 2023, successful North Charleston, S.C., arsenic Palmetto Family committee president Tony Beam looks on. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
Like Graham, different Republican lawmakers are besides pushing backmost against nan imaginable Trump indictment, including House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who said Saturday he is directing House committees to analyse whether national costs are being utilized for "politically motivated prosecutions" for illustration that of Trump.
"Here we spell again — an outrageous maltreatment of powerfulness by a extremist DA who lets convulsive criminals locomotion arsenic he pursues governmental vengeance against President Trump," McCarthy wrote successful a tweet.
Bragg has been criticized for downgrading half of each felony charges successful Manhattan past year, including equipped robberies of commercialized businesses, and for different progressive crime policies.
Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., said Bragg "allows convulsive criminals to locomotion nan streets, yet abuses nan norm of rule & powers of his agency to target governmental opponents successful partisan witchhunts. He’s unfit for office."
Reached for remark Friday, nan Manhattan District Attorney's agency would neither "confirm aliases comment" connected nan impending indictment.
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South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks arsenic erstwhile President Donald Trump, left, and Henry McMaster, South Carolina's governor, perceive during a run arena successful Columbia, South Carolina, connected Jan. 28, 2023. (Sam Wolfe/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Trump lashed retired astatine nan reports, saying they bespeak he would beryllium arrested adjacent week connected his Truth Social app Saturday morning, telling his supporters to "PROTEST, TAKE BACK OUR NATION."
"NOW ILLEGAL LEAKS FROM A CORRUPT & HIGHLY POLITICAL MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE, WHICH HAS ALLOWED NEW RECORDS TO BE SET IN VIOLENT CRIME & WHOSE LEADER IS FUNDED BY GEORGE SOROS, INDICATE THAT, WITH NO CRIME BEING ABLE TO BE PROVEN, & BASED ON AN OLD & FULLY DEBUNKED (BY NUMEROUS OTHER PROSECUTORS!) FAIRYTALE, THE FAR & AWAY LEADING REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE & FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WILL BE ARRESTED ON TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK. PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK!," Trump wrote.
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Amid a imaginable indictment, Trump is readying to travel to Waco, Texas, adjacent play for what will beryllium nan first awesome rally of his 2024 statesmanlike campaign.
Fox News' Adam Shaw, Marta Dhanis, Adam Sabes, and Brandon Gillespie contributed to this report.