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Donald Trump guilty verdict: Harris, Van Hollen, Cardin, Hogan share thoughts on case
May 31, 2024


By: Keith Demko

Former President Donald Trump was found guilty Thursday on all 34 counts in his New York criminal hush money trial. He was convicted of falsifying business records to hide a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Trump is the first former U.S. president convicted of a crime.

Here’s what Maryland politicians had to say about Thursday’s verdict, from both sides of the aisle.

Rep. Andy Harris

Harris, R-1st-Md., released the following statement:

“Today’s verdict is a travesty of justice and a blatant attempt by the Biden Justice Department to jail a political opponent in the middle of an election year. I stand with President Trump in his fight to defeat the political persecution that is turning our justice system into a Third World banana republic.”

Sen. Van Hollen

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., offered the following statement:

“Everyone is entitled to due process, and Donald Trump was afforded his constitutional rights. He was tried in front of a jury of his peers who unanimously rendered the guilty verdict.

“He chose not to testify in his own defense despite repeatedly claiming he would. This verdict sends a clear message: in the United States, no one is above the law,” 

Sen. Ben Cardin

Cardin, a Democrat who has announced he’s not running for re-election, released this statement:

“For the first time in American history, a former president has been convicted of a felony. No one is above the law, not even Donald Trump. An impartial jury of citizens delivered a verdict in this criminal case by applying the facts to the law, using our time-honored adversarial legal process in the courtroom before an independent judge.”Government officials take an oath to preserve and protect the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. Let each one of us remember this sacred oath is not to pledge our fealty to one person or one political party, but to pledge our allegiance to the United States of America and the rule of law. It is inappropriate and dangerous for elected officials to attack our judicial system as a whole because they disagree with the outcome of Donald Trump’s criminal trial.”

Larry Hogan

Hogan, the former two-term Maryland governor who is the GOP nominee in the race to replace Cardin in the U.S. Senate, had this to say:

“Regardless of the result, I urge all Americans to respect the verdict and the legal process. At this dangerously divided moment in our history, all leaders — regardless of party — must not pour fuel on the fire with more toxic partisanship. We must reaffirm what has made this nation great: the rule of law.”