Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) unveiled two amendments to an appropriations bill to defund the prosecution efforts against former President Donald Trump. His proposals would defund special counsel Jack Smith, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s prosecutorial authority during the 2024 presidential election.
The amendments would prohibit the use of federal funding for the prosecution of any major presidential candidate before the presidential election on Nov. 5, 2024. In addition, his amendments would prevent taxpayer-funded federal and state prosecutions.
“Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars have no place funding the radical Left’s nefarious election interference efforts,” Clyde said in a statement.
The member of the House Appropriations Committee added, “Together, Jack Smith, Alvin Bragg, and Fani Willis intentionally brought four sham indictments against the sitting president’s top political opponent, President Donald J. Trump, as the upcoming 2024 presidential election ramps up. These bogus charges are undoubtedly intended to smear and take down President Trump, as well as hinder his ability to campaign effectively. This overt election interference continues to undermine both our Republic and our fair system of justice.”
Clyde called the four criminal indictments a “witch hunt.”
The Georgia lawmaker plans to introduce the two amendments to the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, which allocates funding to the Justice Department.
“The American people get to decide who wins the White House — not Deep State actors who have shamelessly attacked Donald Trump since he announced his first bid in 2015. It is imperative that Congress use its power of the purse to protect the integrity of our elections, restore Americans’ faith in our government, and dismantle our nation’s two-tiered system of justice,” the Georgia lawmaker said.
He stated that he is “fully committed to helping lead” in this “righteous fight.”