(CNS News)- Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) said Saturday that former President Donald Trump is “innocent until proven guilty” on Saturday, apparently contradicting a claim made last week by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
“The president is innocent until proven guilty,” Rep. Green said in an interview on “Fox News Live.” “He is deserving of all of the due process that the law affords. He can have motions filed before the trial judge such that he can bring these issues to the attention of the court and the court will make a ruling. I am amenable and willing to accept the decision of the court. I trust that my colleagues will do the same.”
Green’s comments contrast with those of former House Speaker Pelosi, who suggested in a tweet last week that the U.S. legal system does not have a presumption of innocence.
“Hopefully, the former President will peacefully respect the system, which grants him that right,” she added.
When asked by Fox News Host Griff Jenkins if he was concerned that the charges were politically motivated, Rep. Green responded that it is “difficult to say” because the indictment is still sealed and the charges are unknown.
“It’s my opinion that because the indictment is still sealed we don’t know what the charges are,” he said. “It is difficult to say whether they are politically motivated if you don’t know what the charges are that might motivate one to do something. So, I think we’ll have to wait until after the indictment has been unsealed and I’m told this will happen on Tuesday of next week.
He also added that it is not Congress’ job to “supervise prosecutors.”
“I would also add this, that I don’t think that we in Congress supervise prosecutors, states attorneys, that’s just not our job. Once we do this, we start to cross the line,” he said.
Former President Donald Trump was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on March 30 on charges related to making hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 election.
Trump is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday in Manhattan.
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