Former South Carolina Republican Governor Nikki Haley has some definite thoughts about the case against former President Donald Trump’s alleged hush money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels. She said it is likely motivated by vengeance.
“Everything I have seen from this New York district attorney is that this would be something he’d be doing for political points, and I think what we know is when you get into political prosecutions like this, it’s more about revenge than it is about justice,” Haley told Fox News host Bret Baier on Monday.
“I think the country would be better off talking about things that the American public cares about than to sit there and have to deal with some revenge by some political people in New York,” she added.
Haley served in Trump’s administration as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She is now one of the Republicans campaigning for the presidency in 2024, and she is running against Trump.
She has joined the ranks of other GOP leaders who are warning against an unprecedented criminal indictment of a former president by criticizing Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a Democrat.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing in the payments to Daniels during the 2016 election cycle. A spokesperson for the former president said that there has been no formal message given to Trump about an impending indictment.
“Right now, it’s rumor. And I certainly hope it’s not the case,” Haley said when asked about the prospect of Trump being indicted and arrested.
Vivek Ramaswamy, another 2024 candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, said it would be a “national disaster” for Trump to be indicted.
Former Vice President Mike Pence told ABC News that he believes Trump is being subjected to a “politically charged prosecution here. And I, for my part, I just feel like it’s just not what the American people want to see.”
And Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis said that Bragg was one of the “Soros-funded prosecutors” who “weaponize their office to impose a political agenda on society at the expense of the rule of law and public safety.”
Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says the impending indictment of former President Donald Trump is about Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg exacting political "revenge" and not about justice. https://t.co/ZSBnPwoZNB
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) March 21, 2023