Trump Worrying Senate GOP?

( – Some Senate Republicans are voicing concerns about former President Donald Trump’s alleged plans for political retaliation if he wins the 2024 election.

The lawmakers worry that pursuing revenge through prosecutions could damage the country’s governance.

Top Senate Republicans including Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) Whip John Thune (SD) have not supported Trump’s calls for prosecuting key figures from the Biden administration or Hillary Clinton.

Moreover, GOP senators are cautioning against some conservative members’ proposals to cut funding for the Justice Department or to defund special counsel Jack Smith’s criminal prosecutions of Trump.

They aim to avoid a government shutdown by not engaging in conflicts over the Justice Department’s budget or other measures Trump’s supporters prefer.

Senator Mike Rounds (SD) said he was concerned even though he criticized Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s unjust prosecution of Trump.

“This is not the direction we want this country to go,” he stated. He emphasized the need for maturity in Senate leadership and a judicial system not swayed by extreme political appointees.

“I don’t want to see a tit for tat on prosecution. I think that’s the wrong direction. I think that’s the wrong path for us to go down,” Rounds remarked. He called for a return to the Founding Fathers’ vision of an impartial judiciary.

Trump stirred controversy by telling TV host Dr. Phil: “Well revenge does take time, I will say that. And sometimes revenge can be justified, Phil, I have to be honest. Sometimes it can.”

Previously, senior Senate Republicans have dismissed efforts by Trump and his House supporters to defund the Department of Justice and the FBI for persecuting him politically.

Senator Lindsey Graham (SC) last year labeled such rhetoric from Trump allies like Representative Andy Biggs from Arizona as “irresponsible.”

In turn, Senator Mike Lee from Utah is leading a faction of conservative senators resisting any funding increases for the Justice Department following Trump’s guilty verdict in Manhattan.

Together with 13 other senators, Lee stated to be “unwilling to aid and abet this White House in its project to tear this country apart.”

The group pledged not to support any rise in non-security funding for the administration or any bill that finances what they see as partisan legal battles.

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