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May 21, 2023

Dems who accused Trump of trying to jail opponents voice support for Trump grand jury indictment

In a surprising turn of events, several prominent Democrats who had previously accused former President Donald Trump of attempting to jail his political opponents have voiced their support for the recent grand jury indictment against him. The indictment, which was handed down by a New York grand jury earlier this month, charges Trump's company, the Trump Organization, and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, with multiple counts of tax fraud and other financial crimes. While some Democrats have been quick to celebrate the indictment as a long-overdue reckoning for Trump's alleged criminal behavior, others have been more cautious, warning that the charges may not be enough to hold the former president accountable for his actions. However, a surprising number of Democrats who had previously accused Trump of using the Justice Department to target his political opponents have come out in support of the indictment, arguing that it represents a step towards restoring the rule of law and holding powerful individuals accountable for their actions. One such Democrat is Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who famously led the impeachment proceedings against Trump in 2019 and accused him of trying to "cheat" in the 2020 election. In a statement released shortly after the indictment was announced, Schiff praised the grand jury's decision and called on Congress to continue investigating Trump's alleged wrongdoing. "Today's indictment is a reminder that no one is above the law, not even a former president," Schiff said. "We must continue to hold Trump and his associates accountable for their actions, and ensure that justice is served." Other Democrats who have voiced their support for the indictment include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who accused Trump of "weaponizing" the Justice Department against his political opponents, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who has long called for greater accountability for corporate wrongdoing. While it remains to be seen whether the indictment will ultimately lead to Trump's conviction, the fact that so many Democrats have come out in support of it suggests that there is a growing consensus that the former president must be held accountable for his actions. As Schiff put it, "The American people deserve to know the truth about what happened during the Trump administration, and we must do everything in our power to ensure that justice is served."