Virginia Gov. Youngkin rails against 'two-tiered justice system' after Trump indictment

The 37-count indictment largely addresses Trump's alleged mishandling of classified documents.

Published: June 9, 2023 8:53pm

Virginia Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Friday fumed over the charges against former President Donald Trump brought special counsel Jack Smith, contending the case signified a stark disparity in the application of justice by the government.

"These charges are unprecedented and it’s a sad day for our country, especially in light of what clearly appears to be a two-tiered justice system where some are selectively prosecuted, and others are not," the governor tweeted. "Parents in Virginia know firsthand what it’s like to be targeted by politically motivated actions. Regardless of your party, this undermines faith in our judicial system at exactly the time when we should be working to restore that trust."

The 37-count indictment largely addresses Trump's alleged mishandling of classified documents. Smith, in a press conference explaining the charges, insisted that the nation has a single legal system to which all persons are subject.

He further insisted that "[t]he men and women of the United States intelligence community and our armed forces dedicate their lives to protecting our nation and its people. Our laws that protect nation defense information are critical to the security and safety of the United States and they must be enforced."

"Violations of those laws put our country at risk," he insisted.

Youngkin, who has flirted with a presidential run, appeared to echo similar Republican discontent with the Department of Justice under Attorney General Merrick Garland. Many lawmakers on the right have lamented that the government seemingly exerts greater energy in pursuing cases against Republicans than Democrats.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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