Prosecuting Donald Trump would beryllium a politically motivated determination by his opponents, elder Republicans say.
On Saturday, the erstwhile US president said his apprehension could hap adjacent week, based connected media reports.
But Democrats person said no-one is supra the instrumentality and accused Mr Trump of recklessly stoking governmental divisions.
The lawsuit focuses connected alleged hush wealth paid connected Mr Trump's behalf by his lawyer to porn prima Stormy Daniels up of the 2016 statesmanlike election.
The 76-year-old is besides the taxable of respective different abstracted inquiries, though helium has not yet been charged successful immoderate and denies wrongdoing.
Mr Trump has pledged to proceed his run to go the Republican nominee successful the 2024 statesmanlike election, adjacent if helium is indicted.
It is not yet known if helium is going to beryllium criminally charged oregon even, beyond the astir basal details, what immoderate indictment mightiness contain.
Former US vice-president Mike Pence and the astir elder Republican successful the US Congress, Kevin McCarthy, person some spoken retired against immoderate transgression prosecution.
Speaking to US web ABC News, Mr Pence said Manhattan territory lawyer Alvin Bragg, who is simply a Democrat, was carrying retired a "politically charged prosecution" against Mr Trump.
"I'm taken aback astatine the thought of indicting a erstwhile president of the United States, astatine a clip erstwhile there's a transgression question successful New York City," Mr Pence said.
"The information that the Manhattan DA [district attorney] thinks that indicting President Trump is his apical priority, I deliberation is, conscionable tells you everything you request to cognize astir the extremist near successful this country," helium told the broadcaster.
In his connection connected Saturday Mr Trump called for wide protests from supporters and accused Mr Bragg's bureau of "illegal leaks" to journalists.
Asked astir the telephone for protests, Mr Pence said that US citizens person a "constitutional close to peaceably assemble" - but besides said immoderate enactment indispensable instrumentality spot "peacefully and successful a lawful manner".
Speaker of the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy called the probe "an outrageous maltreatment of powerfulness by a extremist DA".
In a tweet, helium besides promised to analyse whether national wealth was being utilized to interfere successful elections "with politically motivated prosecutions".
Democrats accused Mr Trump of stirring up governmental divisions with his claims.
Speaking to ABC News, Democratic Senator Elizbeth Warren said "no-one is supra the law" adjacent if they hap to person been president and immoderate probe indispensable beryllium "allowed to spell guardant appropriately".
"There's nary crushed to protestation this. This is the instrumentality operating arsenic it should without fearfulness oregon favour for anyone," she said.
Mr McCarthy's predecessor arsenic House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, echoed Ms Warren's sentiments - adding that Mr Trump's remarks were "reckless" and designed to "keep himself successful the quality and to foment unrest among his supporters".
"He cannot fell from his violations of the law, disrespect for our elections and incitements to violence. Rightfully, our ineligible strategy volition determine however to clasp him accountable," she wrote connected Twitter.
The Stormy Daniels lawsuit centres connected however Mr Trump reimbursed his lawyer Michael Cohen aft helium paid Ms Daniels $130,000 earlier the 2016 US election.
The grounds for the outgo reimbursing Mr Cohen says it was for "legal fees". Prosecutors could reason this amounts to Mr Trump falsifying concern records, which is simply a misdemeanour offence successful New York.