McCarthy orders House probe into whether federal funds used in 'politically motivated prosecutions'

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's move follows Trump announcement on his Truth Social platform Saturday that he expects to be arrested on Tuesday.

Published: March 18, 2023 12:11pm

Updated: March 18, 2023 2:09pm

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced on Saturday that he is going to direct House committees to investigate whether federal funds are being used for "politically motivated prosecutions" based on the recent reports of a possible indictment of former President Donald Trump. 

"Here we go again — an outrageous abuse of power by a radical DA who lets violent criminals walk as he pursues political vengeance against President Trump," McCarthy wrote on Twitter.

A grand jury in Manhattan, New York has been soliciting testimony from witnesses, including disgraced former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who alleges he arranged payments in 2016 to two women to silence them about sexual encounters they claimed to have had with Trump a decade earlier.

"I'm directing relevant committees to immediately investigate if federal funds are being used to subvert our democracy by interfering in elections with politically motivated prosecutions," McCarthy wrote.

Trump made an announcement on his Truth Social platform Saturday that said he expects to be arrested on Tuesday.

"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," Trump wrote.

"Protest, take our nation back!" he added.  

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