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Mike Johnson branded Trump’s ‘prop’ after House speaker attends hush money trial

Congressman Jim McGovern has condemned House of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson as a “prop of Donald Trump” after he attended the former president’s hush money criminal trial.

The Democrat delivered the scathing criticism after Mr Johnson skipped a House session, to instead be 200 miles north in Manhattan to attend Mr Trump’s criminal trial as Mr Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Micahel Cohen took the stand.

Mr McGovern, who’s a fellow House member, branded Mr Johnson’s presence at Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday as a “stunt”.

The former president is charged with falsifying business records to allegedly cover up a hush money payment to Stormy Daniels to quash claims of an alleged 2006 affair ahead of the 2016 election. Mr Trump denies all 34 charges held against him and the accusations of an affair.

In remarks outside of the courthouse, Mr Johnson vowed that the Republican’s presumptive presidential candidate is “innocent”, adding that he’s a “friend”.

He also attacked District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Judge Juan Merchan and his daughter: something Mr Trump has been prohibited from doing publically since he was issued a gag order.

“Look at the cover of today’sNew York Times, Mr Speaker. This is unbelievable,” Mr McGovern said as he addressed members on the House floor on Wednesday.

The front page of The New York Times featured a photo of Mr Johnson among a swathe of Republican leaders and Trump allies that arrived at the Manhattan courthouse.

The Maga crew’s appearance has also been deemed a pageant for vice presidential hopefuls.

“Here’s a picture of the Speaker of this House of Representatives, second in line to the presidency, standing in front of a courthouse, acting as a prop for Donald Trump, trying to

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