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Arizona's congressional delegation reacts to Trump felony conviction

Shortly after a New York jury found former President Donald Trump guilty on 34 felony counts, Trump’s allies in Congress came to his defense. 

They repeated Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that the case, which centered on hush money payments to porn actor Stormy Daniels, was politically motivated.

“[Trump] and conservatives across the nation will continue to defend the Constitution at all costs,” Congressman Andy Biggs said in a statement. “We will not be deterred by the radical Left’s weaponizing and corrupting of the judicial system similar to the former USSR to attack all political opponents.”

Congresswoman Debbie Lesko told Fox Business News the verdict is only driving more support to Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

“They’re enraged, and he’s gonna win,” Lesko said. “And that’s the ultimate retribution for this disgusting show of election interference. I am so mad, I could just spit.”

Democrats, including Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly, defended the verdict, saying no one is above the law.

“It’s a sad day for our nation to see, for the first time, a former president convicted on criminal charges,” Kelly said in a statement. “I respect the independence of our justice system and the integrity of this trial.”  

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Wayne Schutsky is a broadcast field correspondent covering Arizona politics on KJZZ. He has over a decade of experience as a journalist reporting on local communities in Arizona and the state Capitol.