Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), is under scrutiny for stating that former President Donald Trump needs to prove his innocence after an indictment was unveiled. A grand jury in New York has issued an indictment against Trump, but specific details remain undisclosed. Pelosi, who remains part of Congress, tweeted, “The Grand Jury has acted upon the facts and the law. No one is above the law, and everyone has the right to a trial to prove innocence.”
“Hopefully, the former President will peacefully respect the system, which grants him that right,” she added. Nevertheless, critics, such as Rudy Giuliani, have pointed out that according to the U.S. justice system, an individual is innocent until proven guilty.
Giuliani, who is a former Trump lawyer and ex-mayor of New York City, replied to Pelosi’s tweet by saying, “Wrong. So obviously wrong. Most Middle Schoolers know this—at least they used to, when civics and the Constitution was respected in schools. You’re innocent until proven guilty.”
Republican representatives, including Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) and Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), also backed up Giuliani’s argument, noting that the burden of proof is on the government, not on Trump.
Donald Trump Jr., one of Trump’s sons, labeled Pelosi’s tweet as having a “false sense of justice.”
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