Republican senators warned a federal executive office not to prosecute Donald Trump otherwise, a political battle could begin.
Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) want the Department of Justice (DOJ) to refrain from prosecuting the previous president over the 2021 Capitol riots.
The trio warned if the DOJ sues Trump at the request of the Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the Capitol, Republican allies will fight back.
“[Criminal referrals from the House] would probably have as much political taint on it as you can get—to me; it is clearly politically driven,” Braun said according to The Hill.
“At least half the country would say it is all politically motivated,” he added.
Tillis revealed he would do everything in his power to lift the threshold needed before Attorney General Merrick Garland could act on criminal referrals.
“The bar that the House committee has is far lower than anything that would ultimately result in moving forward with a federal investigation and a conviction,” he said according to the publication.
“Everybody is going to perceive the referral as a conviction on one side, and they are going to view it as the continuation of a witch hunt on the other side,” he added.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently refused to hear the former president’s arguments for why the committee should not declare Trump administration records during official investigations.
“The motion of States United Democracy Center, et al. (and others) for leave to file a brief as amici curiae is granted [and] the petition for a writ of certiorari is denied,” the court said in an order list.
The decision strongly suggests Trump will fail to keep the contents of his White House documents secret during investigations because lower court decisions to approve releasing the records will stand.