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Trump Jr, Ted Cruz react to incident of former President Donald Trump

(NewsNation) — Political commentators and lawmakers were quick to react as a Manhattan grand jury voted to indict former President Donald Trump on Thursday in connection to his alleged role in a hush-money payment scheme.

“Outrageous,” tweeted Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan.

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) tweeted, “The sham New York indictment of President Donald Trump is one of the clearest examples of extremist Democrats weaponizing government to attack their political opponents.”

The House Judiciary Committee Republicans tweeted, “This happened in America. Sad day for our country.”

Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz weighed in on Twitter, saying, “The Democrat Party’s hatred for Donald Trump knows no bounds. The ‘substance’ of this political persecution is utter garbage. This is completely unprecedented and is a catastrophic escalation in the weaponization of the justice system.”

The felony indictment, which remains under seal, will mark the first time a former president faces criminal charges. Those exact charges are still unknown but will likely be announced in the coming days.

Trump’s son Eric posted on Truth Social, “This is third world prosecutorial misconduct. It is the opportunistic targeting of a political opponent in a campaign year.”

On live streaming service Rumble, Donald Trump Jr. said, “Let’s be clear folks, this is communist-level shit. This is stuff that would make Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, would make them blush. Apparently, this corrupt leftist DA is indicting my father on claims that even the federal government… even they didn’t want to touch it, yet they go forward.”

“If you don’t think that the weaponization of the entire federal govt against their political enemies, against the voters, half of the country, approximately, as we’ve seen, if you don’t think that’s a problem, you don’t even belong in any position in government, let alone president,” Trump Jr. continued.

Freedom Caucus member Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas, tweeted, “Real America knows this is all a sham.”

Kari Lake, Republican gubernatorial candidate for Arizona, spoke out against the indictment, issues a statement saying, “After years of witchunts. the Russia Hoax, TWO politically-motivated impeachments and a raid on his personal home, the New York Grand Jury has thrown together a legally incoherent case in an attempt to imprison the Republican frontrunner for President.”

Trump lawyer Alina Habba issued a statement that reads, “A former president, a current candidate and my friend President Donald J. Trump is a victim of a corrupt and distorted version of the American justice system and history. He will be vindicated.”

The GOP turned the focus onto Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, tweeting, “Meanwhile, New York City, where Alvin Bragg is Manhattan District Attorney, set a new felony crimes record last year, with the most felony crimes reported in at least 15 years.”

The Biden White House has issued no comment.

Check back as this story is developing.

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