Several prominent Missouri and Kansas politicians have responded to Thursday’s indictment of former President Donald Trump.
“The Manhattan DA is undermining America’s confidence in our legal system,” Mike Pompeo, a former Wichita congressman who served in Trump’s cabinet, said on Twitter. “Prosecuting serious crimes keeps Americans safe, but political prosecutions put the American legal system at risk of being viewed as a tool for abuse. DA Bragg — spend taxpayers’ money and your energy protecting law-abiding citizens. Not playing politics.”
Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican and former state attorney general, called the indictment “an assault on our democracy, pure and simple.”
“Tonight’s indictment of Donald Trump isn’t about the law,” he said. “It’s about power. Raw power. It’s the Democrat Party telling the nation they will stop at nothing to control the outcome of the next presidential election.
Fellow Missouri Republican Sen. Eric Schmitt agreed. “This is purely a partisan case against President Trump,” he tweeted.
Republican Rep. Mark Alford called the indictment “nothing short of political persecution.”
“Were President Trump not running for reelection, this would not be an issue,” he said. “This DA will clearly dig up old parking tickets if that means Donald Trump cannot run for president.”
Democrats from the Kansas City region struck a cautious note in the immediate wake of the New York indictment. Zac Donley, a spokesperson for U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, who represents
most of the Kansas side of the Kansas City metro, said Davids has faith in the American justice system and will learn more, along with the public, as details are released.
“Rep. Davids has said many times before that no one is above the law, including elected officials,” Donley said.
A spokesperson for Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly declined to comment, saying the governor is focused on Kansas.
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice