GOP lawmaker condemns Trump remarks on Maxwell

Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyJuan Williams: Republicans prefer Trump's fantasies over truth and facts The Hill's Morning Report - Biden renews families plan pitch; Senate prepares to bring infrastructure package to floor House Republican says colleagues' 'job' is to slow Democratic priorities MORE (R-Texas) condemned President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE’s remarks wishing Ghislaine Maxwell well, calling them unacceptable given the charges she faces stemming from the Jeffrey Epstein case.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of sex crimes and perjury. 

Trump was asked about her case during a press briefing Tuesday.

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“I haven't really been following it too much. I just wish her well, frankly. I've met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach, and I guess they lived in Palm Beach," Trump said. “But I wish her well, whatever it is’"

Roy, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and Trump ally, said he believes the comment was inappropriate, asserting he believes Maxwell “needs to be severely punished.” 

“This is unacceptably obtuse for a woman accused of the most morally depraved of crimes, @realDonaldTrump.  She needs to be severely punished... and justice must be served for the girls she abused.  For ALL involved. This is unacceptably obtuse for a woman accused of the most morally depraved of crimes, @realDonaldTrump.  She needs to be severely punished... and justice must be served for the girls she abused.  For ALL involved,” he tweeted. 

  

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Maxwell faces six federal charges including enticement of minors, sex trafficking and perjury for lying under oath. 

A Manhattan judge recently denied her bail at her hearing, and her trial expected to begin in July 2021.

Maxwell is accused of recruiting and grooming girls as young as 14 to be sexually trafficked by Epstein, who died in federal custody while awaiting his trial last year.