COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Missouri Republicans are sharing reactions to the news of former President Donald Trump's indictment related to his handling of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.
Thursday evening, former President Donald Trump said that he will be indicted on charges of mishandling documents, making him the first former president to face federal charges.
Trump shared the news on the social media platform, Truth Social, regarding his indictment and that he was “summoned to appear at the Federal Courthouse in Miami on Tuesday, at 3 PM.”
Missouri lawmakers have been sharing their reactions to the news.
"When certain political leaders are protected while in power and others targeted when out, we do not have a just justice system," Gov. Mike Parson said on Twitter.
U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley tweeted that President Biden has "trampled the rule of law to benefit himself." And Sen. Eric Schmitt called the indictment "Full on Banana Republic stuff."
Even the Missouri State Treasurer, Vivek Malek, posted a statement to Twitter.
"This president is not concerned about China, failing schools, inflation, Fentanyl, our cities becoming lawless, or our border being overrun," he tweeted. "But his DOJ has been seemingly laser-focused on his most likely political opponent. This is a sad day for America.”
As more information about Former President Trump's indictment becomes available, the following question arises; how will this affect his chances of getting the Republican nomination"
ABC 17 spoke to University of Missouri, political science professor, Peverill Squire who says that as time goes on, support for Trump might dissipate.
"It will initially be something that supporters rally around, but their support may dissipate a little bit as time wears on and his opponents raise questions about it, and as simply more information becomes public." Squire said.