Indian-born US presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy on Saturday criticized the Biden administration for taking action against former President Donald Trump. He said Trump’s arrest would be a dark moment in American history. His reaction came hours after it was reported that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office had requested a meeting with law enforcement ahead of a possible indictment of former President Donald Trump next week.
Reports say Trump, who served as president from 2017 to 2021, could be indicted as soon as next week by a Manhattan grand jury and appear in court in an investigation, which is looking at money paid to women who alleged sexual relations. meetings with the former president.
Opposing the move, Ramaswamy said indicting Trump would be a national disaster. “It is unAmerican for the ruling party to use police power to arrest political rivals,” he said in a tweet. Ramaswamy said that if a Republican prosecutor in 2004 had used a campaign finance technique to arrest then-candidate John Kerry while George W Bush and Dick Cheney were in power, “liberals would have cried foul – and rightly”.
“Principles go beyond partisanship. Let the American people decide who governs,” he said, adding that this will mark a dark moment in American history and undermine public confidence in our electoral system. -even. “I call on the Manhattan District Attorney to reconsider this action and set aside partisan politics in service of preserving our constitutional republic.”
Ramaswamy, an Indian-American tech who officially entered the race last month for the presidential post, said prosecutors should apply the same standards they would apply to anyone else: “It wouldn’t have not been a criminal prosecution in another matter (one misdemeanor at most)”.
“There is no doubt about it. Our whole country is skating on thin ice right now and we cannot afford to politicize the justice system or we will reach our breaking point,” he added.
On Friday, four law enforcement officials said there had been no public announcement of a timeline for the secret grand jury work. There is also no potential vote on Trump’s indictment, the Associated Press reported. Officials said authorities were just bracing for charges.
They described the conversations as preliminary and were considering the security, planning and practicalities of a possible court appearance by a former president.
The grand jury heard from witnesses, including former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who claims he orchestrated payments in 2016 to two women to silence them about sexual encounters they said they had with Trump a decade ago. earlier. Trump, however, denied the meetings.
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