House Democrats Erupt On Speaker McCarthy

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On Sunday (March 19), House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) took issue with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA.) statement about how the Manhattan District Attorney was handling a probe into an allegation Trump was complicit in a hush money payment made to Story Daniels in 2016.

Following a post on Truth Social by former President Donald Trump that suggested he would be arrested on Tuesday (March 21), McCarthy took to Twitter to lambast the Manhattan District Attorney’s handling of the investigation.

McCarthy accused the District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, of using the investigation into the hush money as a tool for “political vengeance,” adding that he would be directing the “relevant” committees to investigate whether federal funds were used to “subvert [U.S.] democracy by interfering in elections” by using politically-motivated prosecutions.

Speaking to former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on MSNBC’s “Inside with Jen” on Sunday, Jeffries vehemently disagreed with McCarthy’s statement. The New York Democrat also was perplexed about McCarthy’s threat to get a “relevant” House Committee to investigate.

Jeffries questioned which Committee that would be, noting that the so-called “weaponization committee” would be an option, before claiming a better name for the weaponization committee would be “Committee to Protect Insurrectionists.”

Jeffries’ comments came as the political world descended on a claim Trump made that he would be indicted on Tuesday in connection with the hush money payment his former attorney Michael Cohen made to adult film star Stormy Daniels to the tune of $130,000. The payment, which Trump allegedly reimbursed, was made days before the 2016 elections as a way to persuade Daniels not to go public with allegations she and Trump had an affair.