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Ramaswamy: Public shouldn't be paying 'hush money for sexual indiscretions' by members of Congress

Ramaswamy says the "politically motivated indictment" of Trump "will undermine public trust in our electoral system and justice system."

April 1, 2023 11:23pm

Updated: April 1, 2023 11:23pm

In voicing his opposition to former President Trump's indictment, tech entrepreneur and 2024 GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy noted that taxpayers have been paying millions to settle sexual harassment claims in Congress.

"If you want to talk about hush money for sexual indiscretions by politicians," he tweeted Friday, "consider this: in the past 25 years, the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights has paid a staggering $18.2 million of *taxpayer dollars* to settle 291 cases of sexual harassment & other misconduct committed by members of Congress.

"The public shouldn't be paying for this nonsense. We're fixing corruption. No one will be spared." 

The indictment of Trump by a Manhattan grand jury stems from hush money payments he allegedly made to women before the 2016 presidential election. The 45th president's arraignment is expected to take place in New York on Tuesday,

Ramaswamy said the indictment is "politically motivated" and "marks a dark moment in American history."

"It will undermine public trust in our electoral system and justice system," he said. "It is un-American for the ruling party to use police power to arrest its political rivals. Principles go beyond partisanship. Let the American people decide who governs."

The GOP-led House Oversight Committee is investigating Hunter and James Biden's overseas business deals and their potential connection to President Biden.

"If a Republican prosecutor in 2019 had pledged to investigate Biden & then indicted Biden during the 2020 campaign over a campaign finance technicality, imagine the reaction of the left," Ramaswamy said. "That’s the same reaction every American should have now. This goes beyond politics."

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