Ocasio-Cortez Erupts Over Trump’s Latest Claims

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Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) criticized the idea that former President Donald Trump is the victim of a “two-tiered” justice system following the former President’s federal indictment last week on charges relating to his alleged mishandling of classified material.

The New York Democrat told the Independent that she doesn’t “think” that Trump being one of the “most powerful and wealthy people” in the U.S., would be on the “short end of the stick” of a “two-tiered justice system.”

Ocasio-Cortez insisted, “There’s no way in which that argument holds water.”

“We have a nation of laws in which all people are treated equally,” she added, relaying that Trump “is not being charged with events that happened during his presidency, but crimes that were committed afterward.”

On Friday (June 9), the indictment against Trump was unsealed, revealing charges from the former President of withholding national defense information, sharing it with people without proper security clearances, and evading government efforts to return classified materials.

Trump pleaded not guilty to all 37 charges in Miami on Tuesday (June 13) afternoon before returning to his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., for a speech in which he lashed out at Special counsel Jack Smith.

Speaking to a crowd of supporters, Trump described Smith, who is leading the Justice Department’s investigation into the former President, as a “thug,” accusing Smith of carrying out “political hit jobs.”

The former President and his Republican allies have repeatedly argued that federal law enforcement agencies have become weaponized against conservatives, going so far as to form a congressional subcommittee on the issue.