WASHINGTON — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy defended Former President Donald Trump in his first appearance in the Capitol on Monday amid a second indictment against Trump being unsealed last Friday.
Asked by reporters whether it was okay for Trump to allegedly have stored boxes of documents in a Mar-a-Lago bathroom, the House Speaker deflected.
“I don’t know. Is it a good picture to have boxes in a garage that opens all the time?” McCarthy said.
McCarthy’s response deflected to President Joe Biden’s circumstances surrounding documents found in his Delaware home.
“A bathroom door locks,” McCarthy added.
McCarthy slammed the FBI and the Department of Justice for indicting Trump and falsely claimed Biden’s own handling of classified documents was worse than what Trump allegedly did.
“I think President Trump has not been treated equally like everybody else in this process,” McCarthy said.
“You raid one house and you don’t raid the other — that’s a little different, and that’s not fair,” he added.
McCarthy said he has not read the entire 49-page document that was unsealed Friday but did read “a lot of parts” of it. He also said he has not spoken to Trump since the indictment was unsealed.
McCarthy’s comments come as Trump is set to head to Miami for his federal court appearance Tuesday. The former president is calling for his supporters to protest the arraignment both in social media posts and in a talk show with Roger Stone.
“This thing is a disgrace… This is a disgraceful indictment,” Trump said. “It shouldn’t happen. It was done for political reasons.”
“Our country has to protest,” Trump said.