Republican Andrew Clyde proposes amendments to defund Trump prosecutions

 August 29, 2023

A Republican member of Congress has a new proposal to defund the radical left's unprecedented persecution of Donald Trump.

The amendments from Georgia Republican Andrew Clyde, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, would remove federal funding for the prosecution of presidential candidates in 2024.

Trump - who is Joe Biden's top rival and likely opponent in 2024 - has been indicted four separate times by prosecutors aligned with the left, Special Counsel Jack Smith, New York's Alvin Bragg, and Georgia's Fani Willis.

Defund witch hunt?

Clyde's proposal targets both the federal and state prosecutors by amending the appropriations bill for the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS), which includes funding for the Department of Justice.

He blasted the four indictments as a single coordinated effort to interfere in the 2024 election.

"These bogus charges are undoubtedly intended to smear and take down President Trump, as well as hinder his ability to campaign effectively. This overt election interference continues to undermine both our Republic and our fair system of justice."

Election interference

Other pro-Trump Republicans such as Matt Gatez (R-Fl.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) have backed similar efforts to cripple the Democratic party's weaponization of the law against Trump - although none have received the support of party leadership.

Mincing no words, Clyde said the prosecutions are an attempt to deny the people the freedom to choose their own leaders.

"The American people get to decide who wins the White House — not Deep State actors who have shamelessly attacked Donald Trump since he announced his first bid in 2015," he wrote, adding that it is "imperative that Congress use its power of the purse to protect the integrity of our elections."

Coordinated attack

It was recently reported that members of Jack Smith's staff visited the White House before Trump was indicted over classified documents in June.

Democrats have dismissed the obvious signs that the prosecutions are political - harping on the mantra that "no one is above the law" while painting Smith as "independent" of Biden and his party.

Republican Jim Jordan (Oh.), chair of the Oversight Committee, has been investigating the prosecutions - warning Willis in a letter last week to hand over information about any coordination with Smith's office.

Biden appeared to gloat after Trump's arrest in Georgia last week, tweeting, "Apropos of nothing, I think today's a great day to give to my campaign."

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