Democrats have reportedly been told not to speak out on former President Donald Trump's indictment, according to a report.
The party is seeking to not help Trump appear as a victim in his latest legal battle.
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“I think we all have to be very careful. There is a high risk of Donald Trump becoming a victim,” one anonymous House Democrat told Axios.
"We don’t need to put kerosene on a fire," the source added.
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"The report noted that Rep. Greg Landsman (D-OH) made a statement last Friday on Trump’s indictment, stating, 'Folks need to be done with Trump … [we] have to keep our attention on the actual work of leading this country,'” according to the report.
"Axios noted that Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) stated that many of her colleagues are aligned with Landsman and that her party 'need[s] to be focused on what the issues are,'" it added.
Donald Trump — the first former US president in history to face criminal charges — has entered a New York courtroom to be arraigned and is expected to plead not guilty https://t.co/WIbwE8mOWH pic.twitter.com/P4Wrphrex6
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Trump faces 34 counts in the Manhattan case in which he has pleaded not guilty to allegations related to paying $130,000 to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.
The allegations claim that Trump paid Daniels ahead of the 2016 election over an alleged affair from a decade earlier. Daniels previously signed a non-disclosure agreement in the matter before the case was brought before the Manhattan court under District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a fierce anti-Trump opponent who the former president claims "hates" him.
If found guilty, Trump faces over 100 years in prison under a maximum sentence. A conviction would likely result in a much smaller punishment.
"Trump's team has until August 8 to file any motions and the prosecution will respond by September 19. Judge Juan Merchan said he will rule on the motions at the next in-person hearing, scheduled for December 4," CNN reported.
Some believe the case will take Trump down as a top contender for president in 2024. Others argue the case will make him even more popular and lead him to victory in the next election.