Scott, Paul, Colleagues Condemns AG Garlands Evisceration of American Judicial Process

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) joined Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and 27 of their Senate Republican colleagues in penning a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland condemning the evisceration of the American judicial process and the conviction of former President Donald Trump in Manhattan.

You can read the letter HERE and below.

“Dear Mr. Attorney General:

“The conviction of President Trump in Manhattan is nothing short of the evisceration of the American judicial process. In their zeal to imprison Donald Trump, Democrat prosecutors successfully dissolved the constitutional protections afforded to defendants and the barriers that protect every American from the abuses of arbitrary rule.

“Among the casualties of this case are the concepts of due process, hitherto guaranteed to Americans by the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, as well as the Sixth Amendment right to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation. Due process requires that a defendant be given notice, the opportunity to be heard, and a neutral decision-maker. Even if we disregard Judge Juan Merchan’s financial contributions to Democratic candidates and causes, the prosecutors were permitted to convert alleged time-lapsed business records misdemeanors into felonies because the records violations were supposedly in furtherance of a second crime. Yet, even after the jury rendered its verdict, we do not know what constitutes that specific second crime.

“Due process cannot exist when the defendant is accused of a secret crime. No American – not even a President – can defend himself fairly in a court of law if he is deprived of his Sixth Amendment right to know what crime he is alleged to have committed.

“The Biden Administration is complicit in the destruction of due process of law. The elusive crimes for which Donald Trump has neither been charged with nor convicted of could include Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) violations. Alvin Bragg, a New York State prosecutor, has no jurisdiction to enforce federal election law and the federal government would never tolerate a state prosecutor infringing upon its FECA jurisdiction – unless the defendant is Donald Trump. Rather than call out prosecutors for carrying out the political persecution of Donald Trump, President Biden defended the case.

“We condemn this show trial, not just because it marks the attempt to imprison a leader of the loyal opposition, but because it threatens the existence of due process of law, without which a constitutional republic dedicated to the protection of individual liberty is not possible.”

Senators Scott and Paul are joined by U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Eric Schmitt (R-Mo.), JD Vance (R-Ohio), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ted Budd (R-N.C.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), Katie Britt (R-Ala.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.).