REP. CLARKE RELEASES STATEMENT ON THE ARRAIGNMENT OF FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 4, 2023
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) released the following statement regarding the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s decision to charge former President Donald Trump with 34 felony charges of falsifying business records in the first degree:
“If America is to remain a vibrant democracy and be a nation of laws, our laws must be applied universally. And so, today is a moment of both pride and pain for our country. The presidency is meant to represent our highest ideals as Americans. To witness an individual who once held that sacred title fall to such contemptible lows will leave a scar not easily healed – but we must find reassurance in the fact that our justice system has refused to allow former President Trump to escape the consequences of his alleged actions.
Today, a critical procedure towards preserving the rule of law and protecting our values as a nation has commenced. Keeping in mind Donald Trump’s long history of flagrant contempt for the precious right of due process and the rule of law, it is my sincere hope that he receives a fair trial and just treatment during the adjudication of the numerous charges against him. I look forward to seeing all evidence that would shed light on Mr. Trump’s alleged crimes come to light.”
Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has been in Congress since 2007. She represents New York’s Ninth Congressional District, which includes Central and South Brooklyn and serves as First Vice Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.