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Wisconsin Republicans react to President Trump’s New York Trial Verdict

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//June 3, 2024//

Supporters for Former President Donald J. Trump line the streets in front of a South Florida Federal Courthouse Monday. Staff Photo Steve Schuster

Wisconsin Republicans react to President Trump’s New York Trial Verdict

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//June 3, 2024//

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“This is a dark day for America. Democrats have weaponized the legal system with their politically motivated prosecution of President Trump. Today’s verdict is a national embarrassment. And voters will make their disapproval known this November when they vote to restore President Trump to the White House.” said WisGOP Chairman Brian Schimming in a statement to the Wisconsin Law Journal last week.

Schimming’s comments are in response to the May 30 jury verdict.

Trump became the first former president to be convicted of felony crimes Thursday as a New York jury found him guilty on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in a scheme to illegally influence the 2016 election through hush money payments to an adult film actress.

Fond du Lac County District Eric Toney issued a statement on social media Friday saying while he does not blame the jury, “the result is an erosion of trust in the judicial system.”

Below is Toney’s complete post:

Meanwhile in Washington, D.C. Republicans also issued similar statements.

The Associated Press reported House Speaker Mike Johnson said it was a “shameful day in American history” and the charges were “purely political.” Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance said the verdict was a “disgrace to the judicial system.” And Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 2 House Republican, said that the decision was “a defeat for Americans who believe in the critical legal tenet that justice is blind.”

Former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan who is now running for a Senate seat issued a statement just before the jury reached a verdict.

“At this dangerously divided moment in our history, all leaders — regardless of party — must not pour fuel on the fire with more toxic partisanship,”  Hogan wrote on social media.

 

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