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


By Elizabeth Elkind

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.”

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.

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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He openly “admitted” it because witness preparation is a totally routine part of any criminal prosecution.

How do you not know this?

Trumps approval remains high despite this Kangaroo Court against him while Bidens approval hits the bottom think about that if you can think without CNN broadcasting their daily fake news

This is nothing BUT election interference. Democrats have given up on creating a record they could actually run on. They now have to rely on corruption, lawfare and election fraud.