Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) said Donald Trump was “wrong” to keep classified documents at his property in Florida and said the indictment shows “the emperor has no clothes.”
“I think it’s obvious what the president did was wrong and we just got to be honest,” Bacon told reporters on Tuesday before Trump’s arraignment.“I just think the emperor has no clothes. And we need to have some Republicans stand up and say that, because come around after the primary, I guarantee you the other party is going to be saying it.”
Trump made his first appearance in federal court on Tuesday where he pleaded not guilty to 37 criminal counts relating to his alleged mishandling of classified documents.
After his arraignment, Trump gave a defiant speech at his golf club in New Jersey criticizing the Justice Department and calling Special Counsel Jack Smith “deranged” and a “thug”.
But, Bacon defended the work of the DOJ, telling reporters, “I think Republicans have always stood on the rule of law. We can’t walk away from that. So I want to be the consciousness here.”
Bacon represents a swing district in Nebraska that President Joe Biden won in the 2020 election.