(TargetLiberty.org) – The annual GOP issues conference is getting slightly derailed from its regular aim of unity by the potential indictment of former President Trump in New York. The retreat is taking place in a hotel in Orlando, and it was meant to be an opportunity for House GOP members to look back on their successes of the past two months while also creating a plan going forward.
However, these plans were quickly overshadowed by Trump’s post on Truth Social on Saturday where he claimed that on Tuesday he would be getting arrested in connection to the Manhattan District Attorney’s probe into the hush payments made on his behalf in 2016.
On Sunday when GOP leaders started the press conference hoping to focus on their recent successes, which included the overturning of the revised criminal code from being enacted in Washington, D.C., instead thought the questions quickly started being focused on Trump.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was quickly asked a question about Trump at the start of the press conference, which in many ways set the focus of the three-day conference. The Speaker expressed that he did not support the probe by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D), however, he disagreed with Trump’s comments regarding the call for a protest in case he gets arrested.
McCarthy specifically said that he did not believe people should protest and that what they need is “calmness” and no “violence or harm.”
Republicans were also trying to divert the focus back to policy issues, while most of them still opposed the precedent set by the possibility that this might be the first time that a former U.S. president might be indicted.
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