Speaker Johnson defends Trump exterior ‘sham’ New York trial

Johnson, the highest-ranking Republican in Congress, was in prison court docket with Trump on Tuesday morning. After commuting with Trump in his motorcade from Trump Tower, the speaker learn a press release in close by Accumulate Pond Park the place he stated he was “deeply involved” about “this sham of a trial.”

“I advised him I needed to be right here myself to name out what’s a travesty of justice,” Johnson continued, “President Trump is a buddy and I needed to be right here to assist him.”

His look comes lower than per week after Trump helped save Johnson’s speakership after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a staunch Trump ally, tried to oust him. Trump spoke privately to Greene and urged her to drop her push to oust Johnson — although Greene went on to set off a vote to oust him, which Democrats and Republicans overwhelmingly rejected.

All through his remarks, Johnson caught to Trump’s script the place he mentioned the size of the trial stopping Trump from the marketing campaign path.

“They’re doing this deliberately to maintain him right here and preserve him off of the marketing campaign path,” Johnson stated.

Along with Johnson, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, Vivek Ramaswamy, and GOP Reps. Byron Donalds and Cory Mills additionally attended court docket Tuesday and in addition spoke to reporters in Accumulate Pond Park.

Burgum, who by no means commented on any of Trump’s prison expenses whereas on the first presidential marketing campaign path, was fast to name the trial “election interference.”

“I believe one factor that we have all identified is that this was a sham trial, however when you might have a possibility to see it up shut and private, you possibly can see it is truly a rip-off trial,” Burgum stated, talking on his time spent within the courtroom this morning.

“I believe the one conclusion, in fact, is its election interference, and it is tying up the president for being out on the marketing campaign path.”

Ramaswamy promised to proceed supporting Trump if he’s discovered responsible — later saying others ought to do the identical.

“I’m ashamed as an American citizen to take a seat right here in a courtroom watching the previous chief of the free world, and let’s be trustworthy, probably subsequent chief of the free world, sitting with the indignity on this dingy third price courtroom,” Ramaswamy stated exterior the courthouse.

Eric Trump, one in all Trump’s sons, has been attending court docket to assist his father. On Tuesday, his spouse and RNC Co-Chair Lara Trump joined him for the proceedings.

“They view this as a rip-off,” Trump stated about his court docket visitors after court docket proceedings completed on Monday. “I believe it is a horrible factor that is taking place to democracy on this nation.”

Trump was flanked with visitors on a pivotal day in his court docket proceedings as his former-fixer Michael Cohen resumes his testimony. Cohen testified on Monday as properly.

Johnson attacked Cohen’s credibility.

“It is a man who’s clearly on a mission for private revenge, and who’s extensively often called a witness who has hassle with the reality,” Johnson stated.

Trump’s present of drive comes as he has tried to maximise his campaigning skills whereas he sits within the courtroom together with his visitors giving statements attacking the case and witnesses, one thing Trump is barred from doing below his gag order, whereas additionally pushing out marketing campaign speaking factors.

The rise in visitors to court docket comes as Trump beforehand complained in regards to the lack of supporters surrounding the courthouse, blaming the shortage of attendance on safety procedures. Whereas supporters are allowed within the park throughout from the courthouse, few have proven up.

ABC Information’ Kendall Ross and Kelsey Walsh contributed to this report.

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