Newly-elected Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., talks to reporters after a contentious battle to lead the GOP majority in the 118th Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023.InternationalIndiaAfricaMOSCOW (Sputnik) – US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has accused the Manhattan District Attorney of abusing his power on Saturday by trying to pursue “political vengeance” against former US President Donald Trump.
"Here we go again — an outrageous abuse of power by a radical DA [district attorney] who lets violent criminals walk as he pursues political vengeance against President Trump," McCarthy wrote.
The speaker added that he was directing relevant committees of the House of Representatives to investigate if public federal funds were used to interfere in elections “with politically motivated prosecutions” against Trump, who announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election late last year.AmericasTrump Expects to Be Arrested Tuesday Following ‘Illegal Leaks’ From Daniels Probe by Manhattan DA12:50 GMTEarlier in the day, Trump said on his social media platform, Truth Social, that he expected to be arrested on March 21 and called on the US public to go out and protest. Trump criticized a “corrupt and highly political” Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for trying to arrest him based on “an old and fully debunked” charges. US media reported later in the day, citing an unnamed Trump spokesperson, that the former US President believed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg “hates him.“Trump’s possible arrest is reportedly connected with alleged illegal payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2016 in a bid to prevent her from disclosing her 2006 sexual affair with him. Trump has denied all accusations.