Rep. Clyde Announces Two Amendments To Defund Trump Prosecutions

Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) has announced two proposed amendments that would defund the numerous prosecutions of former President Donald Trump.

Clyde, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, announced the amendments on Monday — which he seeks to tack on to the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies fiscal year 2024 appropriations bill.

According to a press release from the Georgia congressman, the amendments would “prohibit the use of federal funding for the prosecution of any major presidential candidate prior to the upcoming presidential election on November 5th, 2024.”

The press release also noted that one amendment pertained to federal prosecutions, while the other was related to federal funding for state-level prosecutions.

As Congress is currently on summer recess, the House Appropriations Committee will not be putting together the appropriations bill until lawmakers return to Washington, D.C., in mid-September.

In a statement about the amendments, Clyde noted that he is targeting Special Counsel Jack Smith, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis — all of whom have indicted Trump on controversial charges, which critics have deemed “political prosecutions” and “election interference.”

“Due to my serious concerns about these witch hunt indictments against President Trump, I intend to offer two amendments to prohibit any federal funds from being used in federal or state courts to prosecute major presidential candidates prior to the 2024 election,” Clyde’s statement read.

“The American people get to decide who wins the White House — not Deep State actors who have shamelessly attacked Donald Trump since he announced his first bid in 2015,” the statement continued. “It is imperative that Congress use its power of the purse to protect the integrity of our elections, restore Americans’ faith in our government, and dismantle our nation’s two-tiered system of justice. I’m fully committed to helping lead this effort, and I call on my House Appropriations colleagues to join me in this righteous fight.”

Clyde is not the only Republican lawmaker looking to use the appropriations process to defund the Trump prosecutions — as several other members of the House have vowed to do the same, including Reps. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-GA), Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Andy Ogles (R-TN). However, “because Clyde sits on the Appropriations Committee, he will have the first crack at getting a recorded vote on the matter,” according to The Hill.