Georgia Representative Andrew Clyde has made an announcement regarding his plans to defund the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, and Jack Smith through the appropriations process later this month. Clyde’s move marks the first time a member of Congress is effectively utilizing the legislative branch’s power of the purse to halt the ongoing investigations against former President Donald Trump. Many people are questioning why Speaker Kevin McCarthy did not attempt to defund these investigations against Trump during the last debt ceiling negotiation.
In a statement released by Clyde, he emphasized that American taxpayers should not be funding what he referred to as the “radical Left’s nefarious election interference efforts.” He accused Bragg, Willis, and Smith of intentionally bringing forth four false indictments against Trump’s top political opponent in the upcoming 2024 presidential election, President Donald J. Trump. Clyde believes that these charges were designed to smear Trump’s reputation and hinder his ability to effectively campaign. He argues that such overt election interference undermines the integrity of the Republic and the fair system of justice in the United States.
Clyde further asserted that it should be the American people, not the so-called Deep State, who decide the country’s next president. Expressing his concerns about the witch hunt indictments against Trump, he intends to propose two amendments that will prohibit the use of federal funds in federal or state courts to prosecute major presidential candidates before the 2024 election. Clyde believes that Congress must utilize its power of the purse to protect the integrity of the electoral process, restore faith in the government among Americans, and dismantle the two-tiered system of justice that exists within the nation.
Determined to spearhead this effort, Clyde called upon his House Appropriations colleagues to join him in what he described as a righteous fight. By defunding these investigations and preventing federal funds from being used to prosecute presidential candidates, Clyde aims to uphold the principles of democracy and ensure a level playing field for future elections.
Rep. Clyde’s defunding amendments are expected to be debated when Congress reconvenes from its August recess in September. The developments in this matter will continue to be covered by National File.
It is worth noting that the United States Constitution grants Congress, particularly the House, the authority of the purse. However, Clyde’s actions mark a significant and proactive legislative attempt to defund what he perceives as witch hunts targeting Donald Trump.
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