Members of Maine's congressional delegation react to Trump's conviction

Members of Maine's congressional delegation reacted Thursday to former President Donald Trump's conviction for serious crimes, with three of them emphasizing the work of the jury and the importance of the rule of law in a democracy.

“Today in New York City, a historic event took place: a former president was found guilty of a crime – an incredibly momentous decision after weeks of evidence and testimony,” Senator Angus King said in a statement Thursday evening. “In the face of a world full of uncertainty and conflict, the infrastructure of our shared American identity remains stable as long as we remain vigilant and remember our founding principles, including equality before the law.”

King, an independent, also praised the jury's efforts in reaching its verdict.

“But the event was also a typical day in courthouses across the country – 12 men and women from all walks of life coming together to perform their civic duty,” he said.

Rep. Jared Golden (D-2nd District) recognizes the trial and the jury's decision as a fair outcome, despite allegations that the trial was not conducted properly.

“In this case, former President Trump had his day in court and was found guilty by a jury of his peers,” Golden said in a prepared statement. “I respect the jury's decision. To the many questions I have received about the political aspects of this decision, I would like to say this: As of today, Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for President. I have no doubt that information about this verdict will play a role in the campaign.”

“I trust the people of Maine with their vote,” Golden concluded.

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-1st District, also praised the jurors and expressed her gratitude for their fortitude and courage.

“Today is a solemn and unprecedented moment in American history. A former president — and the leading Republican presidential candidate — was fairly tried by a jury of his peers and found guilty on 34 counts,” Pingree said in a statement Thursday night. “This trial and the trials to come have confirmed that no one is above the law. I am grateful for the strength and courage of the jury, who spent many long days fulfilling their civic duty.”

“Our country faces many challenges. Now is the time to have faith in our democracy and this important exercise of the rule of law.”

Senator Susan Collins did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.

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