U.S. Sen Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) recently denounced the third indictment of former President Donald Trump, claiming the indictment was "politics" leading into the 2024 presidential election.

Trump was indicted for the third time by the Department of Justice on Tuesday afternoon over his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election.

The indictment contains four felony charges, including conspiring to defraud the United States, conspiring to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an official proceeding and conspiracy against rights. According to reports, the government summoned Trump to appear in D.C. federal court on Thursday. 

Trump is currently in federal court for allegedly mishandling classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida. He is also facing criminal charges in New York for his role in allegedly paying hush money to a porn star who claims to have had an affair with Trump.

Many in Alabama's federal delegation criticized the indictment as tantamount to further political persecution of the Democrat's highest polling opponent.

On Wednesday, Tuberville claimed the indictment was an effort by the Department of Justice to muddy the political waters in the 2024 presidential election.

"I've been around President Trump a lot in the last few years," Tuberville said. "You know, everybody knew this was coming. There's too much politics involved in this election coming up. You've got a president now that's in office that's going to run against a guy that used to be president. We need to get politics out of this. We need to get the Department of Justice out of it. It's too political. I see it every day in Washington D.C."

He continued. "They need to leave President Trump alone. Let him run. If he loses, he loses; If he wins, he wins. But right now, there's so much pressure from what looks like the Department of Justice to put more pressure on President Trump, which shouldn't happen. Again, there's presidents in the past that have done exactly what President Trump supposedly had done with the papers that they take home with them. But I think the American people are really getting tired of it."

Tuberville is slated to introduce Trump at his Friday speech at the Alabama GOP's Summer Dinner.

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