House GOP Moves to Defund Trump Prosecutions

[Photo Credit: By Diliff - Self-published work by Diliff, Public Domain,]

Two amendments to an appropriations bill put forth by Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) would reportedly stop funding the numerous legal actions against former President Trump.

He is bolstering the defense of the former president put out by Trump’s House friends as they construct a defensive ring in the wake of four indictments.

Two modifications to the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) fiscal 2024 appropriations bill were announced by Clyde, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, on Monday.

The first amendment would deal with federal prosecutions, while the second would deal with federal support for state prosecutions.

The House Appropriations Committee is anticipated to mark up the bill, one of 12 normal appropriations bills, after the House reconvenes in mid-September.

The Manhattan, New York, district attorney Alvin Bragg (D), who charged Trump in relation to 2016 hush-money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, the Fulton County, Georgia district attorney Fani Willis (D), who charged Trump again in relation to the 2020 election, and special counsel Jack Smith, who has led charges against Trump relating to attempts to overturn the results of the election in 2020 and retention of classified documents.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) proposed a bill to defund Smith’s office in July, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has stated she will introduce an amendment to do the same. A bill to stop funding Smith’s federal pay was presented earlier this month by Rep. Andy Ogles (R-Tenn.).

But Clyde will get the first shot at securing a recorded vote on the issue because he is a member of the Appropriations Committee.

[READ MORE: Mark Meadows Takes Stand]