Republican senators pledge to block Biden agenda in wake of Trump verdict

By Sarah May on
 June 3, 2024

Though Democrats everywhere have been doing victory laps in recent days following former President Donald Trump's criminal conviction, according to one prominent GOP lawmaker, they will soon face consequences on a level some may not have expected.

A group of Republicans in the Senate issued a letter on Friday promising to do everything in their power to derail the Democrat-led body from advancing any part of President Joe Biden's agenda, a move they say is necessitated by the injustice and corruption characterizing Thursday's verdict in New York, as Fox News reports.

Lee holds forth

Perhaps the most outspoken member of the contingent vowing to upend Biden's priorities was Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who made no bones about his disgust about what occurred last week, which he attributes to overarching strategy and coordination originating with the White House.

In the letter that he spearheaded, that was also signed by Sens. JD Vance, Tommy Tuberville, Marsha Blackburn, Eric Schmitt, Rick Scott, Roger Marshall, Marco Rubio, Ron Johnson, and Josh Hawley, Lee declared, “As a Senate Republican conference, we are unwilling to aid and abet this White House in its project to tear this country apart.”

According to Lee, Republican legislators in the Senate will obstruct the progress of any Biden nominee or appropriations plans as a means of voicing their discontent.

Taking to X to elaborate, Lee stated, “Strongly worded statements are not enough. Those who turned our judicial system into a political cudgel must be held accountable.”

“We are no longer cooperating with any Democrat legislative priorities or nominations, and we invite all concerned Senators to join our stand,” Lee continued.

White House responds

Not surprisingly, the Biden administration did not take kindly to Lee's defiance, with White House spokesperson Andrew Bates offering official comment.

“President Biden knows the American people rightly expect their leaders in Washington to put the needs of constituents above partisanship, and to protect the rule of law – not to sabotage government or undercut law enforcement based on extreme, debunked conspiracy theories,” Bates stated.

He went on, “The radical and hyper partisan threats made in this letter would harm the American people in the name of politics and proven lies.”

“These senators should reconsider putting themselves above their country,” Bates further jabbed.

Republican outrage grows

A number of other top Republicans voiced their own anger over the outcome in the Trump case, with House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) declaring Thursday to have been “a shameful day in American history,” as Fox News noted separately.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, labeled the verdict “a travesty of justice” and added that the “Manhattan kangaroo court shows what happens when our justice system is weaponized by partisan prosecutors in front of a biased judge with an unfair process, designed to keep President Trump off the campaign trail and avoid bringing attention to President Biden's failing radical policies.”

In a rare moment of consensus, in the aftermath of the jury's Thursday verdict, both Biden and Trump declared that the only outcome that truly matters is the one determined on Nov. 5, and if Lee and his colleagues are correct, the Democrats may soon regret unleashing the whirlwind that they are now poised to reap.

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