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House Speaker Mike Johnson joins ex-Trump rivals at former president’s ‘hush money’ trial

House Speaker Mike Johnson and two onetime contenders for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination backed up former President Donald Trump on Tuesday at his “hush money” trial in Manhattan.

Johnson (R-La.) was seen standing behind Trump, 77, because the forty fifth president ripped the “scam” case involving a $130,000 fee made to porn star Stormy Daniels earlier than the 2016 election by Trump’s then-attorney Michael Cohen.

“I do have a lot of surrogates and they are speaking very beautifully, and they come from all over Washington,” Trump mentioned of the Republicans standing behind him.

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (C) and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy (3-L) listen as former U.S. President Donald Trump (C) sits next to his lawyers Todd Blanche (L) and Emil Bove as he arrives for his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments linked to an extramarital affair with Stormy Daniels, at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 14, 2024 in New York City.
House Speaker Mike Johnson and former GOP contenders for the 2024 presidential nomination backed up Donald Trump at his “hush money” trial in Manhattan on Tuesday. Getty Images

“And some are Democrats, and they’ve very embarrassed by what’s going on,” he added.

Johnson didn’t make an look within the courtroom, as a substitute heading outdoors to tear Cohen and prosecutors led by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg because the ex-fixer took the stand for a second day of testimony.

“They are doing this intentionally to keep him here and keep him off of the campaign trail,” Johnson mentioned, including that the “sham” case was “not about justice and all about politics” and saying it could “provide cover” for President Biden.

The former president ripped the “scam” case involving a $130,000 fee Cohen made to porn star Stormy Daniels earlier than the 2016 election. AP

“The president’s actions in this matter were previously reviewed and no charges were filed. Why is that? Because there’s no crime here,” he added. “It’s so corrupt.”

“What we’ve got here is a partisan Democrat district attorney, we have a Biden-donor judge and we have an assistant DA who was recently a top official at the Department of Justice — Biden’s DOJ — and recently received over $10,000 in payments from the Democratic National Committee.”

Johnson is the highest-ranking elected GOP lawmaker to go to the Manhattan courthouse after Sen. JD Vance (R-Ohio) made an look on Monday.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) (2nd-R) speaks as Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump (L), North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (2nd-R) and Vivek Ramaswamy (R) listen during a campaign rally in the basement ballroom of The Margate Resort on January 22, 2024 in Laconia, New Hampshire.
Vance is certainly one of a number of potential picks for vice chairman on the Republican ticket in November, together with North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (second from proper), who was within the former president’s coterie on Tuesday. Getty Images

But Vance downplayed his stature, telling reporters outdoors the courtroom: “I came here again today, on my own, because I am one of hundreds of millions of people, and one citizen who is deeply concerned about this.”

Vance is certainly one of a number of potential picks for vice chairman on the Republican ticket in November, together with North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, who was a part of the former president’s coterie on Tuesday.

Staunch Trump defender and former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy was additionally seen standing with Trump’s son Eric and his daughter-in-law and Republican National Committee co-chair Lara Trump.

“There’s never been anything like this in the history of our country — it’s a scam!” the former president declared. “It’s election interference at a level that’s never taken place before.”

Additional reporting by Ben Kochman

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