(USNewsMag.com) – Republican Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado warned former President Donald Trump last Thursday for egging on his supporters after being indicted for the fourth time, telling Trump to ask them to “stand down” throughout his court proceedings so as not to interrupt the process.
Buck, a former prosecutor and now part of the House Freedom Caucus, told MSNBC during an interview that he thinks Trump should tell all of his supporters to “stand down” so the judicial system can “take its course. Buck said the judges, juries, and appellate courts should be trusted and that Trump’s run-in with the law “isn’t over until it’s over.”
Trump was indicted along with 18 others, including former New York City mayor Rudy Guliani, for charges related to the 2020 election. He surrendered himself on Thursday, August 24, to authorities in Fulton County, Georgia, where he was booked, fingerprinted, and photographed. He was then released on bail and quickly left. His arraignment will happen sometime in September.
Trump is not only the first former president to be indicted in American history; he’s also facing charges in four separate cases. Aside from Georgia, Trump is also being charged in New York, Washington, D.C., and Florida. According to Buck, just because Trump has been indicted doesn’t mean he’ll be convicted or that “everything in those charges” will “come out at trial” exactly as charged.
The lawmaker told Trump to send “a very clear message” to supporters “that violence will not be tolerated” and to let the court proceedings play out.
Republicans are scrambling to take sides on whether or not to support the former president, with many standing up for him and accusing the Democratic Party of weaponizing the justice system against their political enemies. Meanwhile, Trump returned to Twitter and also raised over $7 million for his campaign immediately after his mugshot came out.
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