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Speaker Johnson rips ‘atrocities’ against Trump at Manhattan hush money trial

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House Speaker Mike Johnson accused New York City justice officials of committing “atrocities” against former President Trump in an impassioned set of remarks outside the Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday.

Johnson is the latest Trump ally to descend on the Big Apple as the ex-president stands trial for accusations he falsified business documents to cover up a hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election.

“It’s impossible for anybody to deny, that looks at this objectively, that the judicial system in our country has been weaponized against President Trump. The system is using all the tools at its disposal right now to punish one president and provide cover for another,” Johnson said, referring to GOP-led accusations that President Biden has been shielded by his own Justice Department.

“And meanwhile…among the atrocities here, the judge’s own daughter is making millions of dollars doing online fundraising for Democrats.”

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Speaker Mike Johnson

House Speaker Mike Johnson delivered remarks to reporters outside the Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday. (Getty Images)

Johnson also echoed accusations that Judge Juan Merchan’s daughter, Loren Merchan, is profiting off of the trial via her firm, Authentic Campaigns, which has done work for top Democrats like Vice President Kamala Harris and Rep. Adam Schiff, R-Calif., according to the industry site Campaigns & Elections.

Trump himself is under a partial gag order after lobbing similar accusations.

“It’s so corrupt, it’s so corrupt and everybody knows it,” Johnson continued on Tuesday. “If [Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg] thinks the American people will believe these absurd charges, take a look at the turnout at Trump events.”

Fox News Digital reached out to Authentic Campaigns and the New York Courts system for comment, as well as a spokesperson for Bragg.

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Mike Johnson, Cory Mills, Vivek Ramaswamy

From left to right, House Speaker Mike Johnson, Rep. Cory Mills, and Vivek Ramaswamy all stand behind former President Trump in the Manhattan courthouse. (Getty Images)

Johnson further argued that the Manhattan trial was the latest in a series of “partisan witch hunts” against Trump and vowed the House of Representatives would look at ways to “rein in” special counsel Jack Smith. Smith is investigating Trump for his alleged efforts to upend his 2020 election loss and his handling of classified documents after leaving office.

“That one is so egregious, the trial’s been indefinitely postponed,” Johnson said of the classified documents case. “I’m working with Chairman [Jim] Jordan of the House Judiciary Committee and Chairman [James] Comer of our Oversight committee on measures to rein in the abuses of special counsel Jack Smith.”

He said the multiple cases against Trump amount to “election interference.”

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Donald Trump sits in the courtroom for the first day of opening arguments in his Manhattan criminal trial.

Former President Trump awaits the start of proceedings at Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday, April 22, 2024, in New York City. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura, Pool)

The Louisiana Republican is the highest-ranking federal official to show public support for Trump so far, demonstrating the commanding hold he has over the GOP, including Johnson’s own razor-thin House majority.

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In addition to Johnson, former 2024 presidential candidate-turned-Trump surrogate Vivek Ramaswamy also planned to attend the ex-president’s trial on Tuesday.

Rep. Cory Mills, R-Fla., also posted on X that he was in attendance.

“Great to meet with President Trump today prior to us heading to the courtroom. I’m honored to stand with the President, as America stands with him, and I view this victimless sham indictment as political theater and interference,” Mills wrote.


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