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Trump urges government shutdown in unlikely bid to 'defund' his criminal prosecutions

Published Sep 21, 2023 10:13AM ET Updated Sep 21, 2023 02:41PM ET
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© Reuters. Former U.S. President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a 2024 presidential campaign rally in Dubuque, Iowa, U.S. September 20, 2023. REUTERS/Scott Morgan/File Photo

(Reuters) -Former President Donald Trump has urged fellow Republicans in Congress to shut down the government to thwart the federal prosecutions against him, although any funding lapse was unlikely to stop the cases from being pursued.

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are at odds over how to proceed with spending legislation, which must be passed to avert an Oct. 1 shutdown. A small group of hardliners, including Trump's most fervent supporters, have complicated the agenda for House Speaker Kevin McCarthy as he pushes a short-term funding plan.

"Republicans in Congress can and must defund all aspects of Crooked Joe Biden’s weaponized Government," Trump wrote on his Truth Social media site late on Wednesday, calling it "the last chance to defund these political prosecutions against me and other Patriots."

The U.S. Justice Department has previously said activities funded by "permanent indefinite appropriations" would continue during any funding lapse.

The Special Counsel's Office prosecuting Trump and his allies had no formal comment, but it is covered by "the permanent, indefinite appropriation for independent counsels," according to its latest funding statement.

President Joe Biden's re-election campaign accused Trump, the leading candidate by far in the 2024 Republican presidential nominating contest, of putting his own interests ahead of those of the country.

"Donald Trump is rooting for a government shutdown and couldn't care less what it would mean for American families," the campaign said in a statement. Biden, a Democrat, defeated Trump in 2020 and is seeking re-election in 2024.

Trump faces two federal trials, one tied to his attempts to overturn his 2020 loss, as he again seeks the presidency in the 2024 election, and the other over his handling of classified documents.

New York and Georgia are also prosecuting him and a federal shutdown would not affect those cases.

The White House has stressed the independence of the Special Counsel's Office.

Republicans and Democrats seized on Trump's plea, with a Trump ally, U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz, posting on X, formerly known as Twitter: "Trump Opposes the Continuing Resolution. Hold the Line."

House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries wrote on X: "Trump ordered House Republicans to shutdown the government. These people are too extreme to ever be trusted."

Trump urges government shutdown in unlikely bid to 'defund' his criminal prosecutions
 

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Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Sep 22, 2023 4:56AM ET
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funny how the 'rightwing'-comments here, along with traitor-trumps wishes, are perfectly aligned with Americas enemies' wildest and wettest dreams...
Mark E
Mark E Sep 22, 2023 3:06AM ET
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Bring home our troops and provide local military funding only. Shut everything else down. Just wasting taxpayer dollars and not working for the people anyway. Only
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Sep 22, 2023 3:06AM ET
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agree with russian-t(roll) here, you should definitely bring your troops home so we can all be done with putins pointless war..
Dan Jobe
Dan Jobe Sep 21, 2023 3:51PM ET
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I say shut down the government that's the only way you're going to get change otherwise you're going to continue having money laundered back into the pockets of the democratic leaders and people like Mitch McConnell
Don Getty
Don Getty Sep 21, 2023 3:51PM ET
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don't forget the 2 billion $ saudi kushner donation - that nice trump boychick his daughter married
Trumpster Rocks
Trumpster Rocks Sep 21, 2023 2:59PM ET
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The reason is bc it's all about funding the Dfarts War with unlimted funds wake up w O k E
Trumpster Rocks
Trumpster Rocks Sep 21, 2023 2:57PM ET
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the B-----n c r i m e fam are the ones f l Eec ing the country not president Trump
Trumpster Rocks
Trumpster Rocks Sep 21, 2023 2:54PM ET
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Lol you liberal rag why don't you show your extreme bias a little louder
William Bailey
William Bailey Sep 21, 2023 12:53PM ET
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One man all for himself
Trumpster Rocks
Trumpster Rocks Sep 21, 2023 12:53PM ET
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Joe biden is the one FLEECING THE COUNTRY NOT TRUMP idIoTTTTTTT sTicK joe
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Sep 21, 2023 10:35AM ET
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unbelievable.. he's willing to burn the nation for his own ego...
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Sep 21, 2023 10:35AM ET
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Why is that a surprise. Emperor Nero did the same while playing violin he burned down rome. Trump is Nero or Mussolini incarnate
EL LA
EL LA Sep 21, 2023 10:35AM ET
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Ken Roth  Massive immigration was what ushered in the fall of Rome.
Don Getty
Don Getty Sep 21, 2023 10:35AM ET
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EL LA  i thought it was corrupt emperors - like the king wannabe - who are out for number one over everyone else
William Bailey
William Bailey Sep 21, 2023 10:23AM ET
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Corruption is complete!
 
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