Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called for calmness following the decision by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to indict former President Donald Trump over his connection to the hush money payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 presidential election.
In a statement released on that same night, Schumer urged that Trump was subject to the same laws in the country and that his future would be up to the legal system and the law and not politics. He continued by stating that there should not be any political influence or intimidation from people who want to overturn the results of the election.
Many Democrats have supported the idea of an indictment while there are also others who have echoed Schumer’s stance and have called for people to be patient until the process fully plays out.
Throughout the probe and investigation, Trump has maintained that he has been innocent. The payment to Daniels had been made on Trump’s behalf by his former lawyer Michael Cohen in exchange for Daniels’s silence over their previous affair. Trump has repeatedly denied claims about an affair.
Schumer has so far been one of the only Senate leaders to have issued a statement following the indictment. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the No. 2 Republican, had not released a statement reacting to the indictment news.