Republican Senators Say Judge Should Not Sentence Trump to Prison

Republicans in Congress are warning a New York judge not to sentence former President Donald Trump to time in prison.

Sen. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) told The Hill that it would be “foolish” for New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan to hand down a term of imprisonment, but added that based on the judge’s actions during the trial, “I would put nothing past him at this point.”

Sentencing President Trump to prison would be a “further abuse of power” and an additional indication that “the courts have been weaponized,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told the outlet.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that given President Trump’s lack of criminal history, he doubts a prison sentence is in the cards.

“It would probably help him get reelected if he’s behind bars,” Mr. Grassley said.

Jurors on May 30 convicted President Trump of falsifying business records with the intent to conceal another crime, a crime with which he has never been charged.

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