Pa. pols react to Donald Trump’s historic arrest and court appearance

What Pa.’s elected officials have to say — so far

By: - April 4, 2023 12:49 pm

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(*This story was updated at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 to include new information.)

President Donald Trump was set to appear in a courtroom in lower Manhattan on Tuesday, making him the first American president — current of former — to face criminal charges. Here’s how Pennsylvania politicians reacted to the news of his indictment and court appearance.

U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, D-3rd District:

U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District:

U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-6th District:

U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser, R-9th District:

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-10th District:

U.S. Rep. Summer Lee, D-12th District:

U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-14th District:

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-16th District:

“The indictment of former President Donald Trump by a district attorney who campaigned on putting him in jail truly defines the weaponization of the Justice system. Make no mistake: their goal is not justice. It is to prevent a former President of the United States from running for office again. This latest attempt by the Left to take down Mr. Trump is the height of hypocrisy. As this process plays out, I encourage everyone to remember that each American is innocent until proven guilty.”

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John L. Micek
John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.