Senate Republicans vow to defund 'partisan warfare' following Trump verdict

 June 2, 2024

Former President Donald Trump was convicted in New York City last week on charges that many conservatives say were spurious.

In response, a group of Senate Republicans have released a statement pledging to fight what they see as a politically weaponized justice system. 

Republicans will block confirmations, defund "partisan lawfare"

According to The Hill, the statement was put out on Saturday by Utah Sen. Mike Lee, who serves as chairman of the Senate Steering Committee

"The White House has made a mockery of the rule of law and fundamentally altered our politics in un-American ways," the statement declared.

"As a Senate Republican conference, we are unwilling to aid and abet this White House in its project to tear this country apart," it continued.

The statement warned that GOP senators would not "allow any increase to non-security related funding for this administration, or any appropriations bill which funds partisan lawfare."

It further asserted that Republicans won't confirm appointees or "allow expedited consideration and passage of Democrat legislation or authorities that are not directly relevant to the safety of the American people."

Seven other senators sign statement

Lee later posted a copy of the statement to social media and added, "Strongly worded statements are not enough. Those who turned our judicial system into a political cudgel must be held accountable."

"We are no longer cooperating with any Democrat legislative priorities or nominations, and we invite all concerned Senators to join our stand,"

In addition to Lee, the statement was also signed by Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville, Florida Rick Scott, Missouri Eric Schmitt, Tennessee Marsha Blackburn, Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall, Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Trump says his "revenge" will be success

For his part, Trump slammed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Judge Juan Merchan during a Sunday interview with Fox News.

"These are bad people. These people are sick, and they do things that are so destructive...if it weren't me, they'd be going after somebody else, and I know a lot of the competition. They wouldn't do so well," he insisted.

The former president predicted that his "revenge" will come in the form of success and he also pledged to declassify material related to Jeffrey Epstein, 9/11, and the Kennedy assassination.

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