(CBrief) – Democrat California Rep. Nancy Pelosi was among those who tweeted after former President Donald Trump was indicted by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

The announcement of the indictment came on Thursday and it did not take long for Democrats to celebrate the unprecedented news. But it was Pelosi’s comments that were likened by some to being reminiscent of Joseph Stalin and the former Soviet Union.

“The Grand Jury has acted upon the facts and the law. No one is above the law, and everyone has the right to a trial to prove innocence. Hopefully, the former President will peacefully respect the system, which grants him that right,” the former Speaker said.

But it the United States no one is required to prove their innocence. And that got her a fact check from Twitter readers who added context.

“Ms. Pelosi mistakenly says that Trump can prove his innocence at trial. Law in the US assumes the innocence of a defendant and the prosecution must prove guilt for a conviction,” the note said.

“A presumption of innocence means that any defendant in a criminal trial is assumed to be innocent until they have been proven guilty. As such, a prosecutor is required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person committed the crime if that person is to be convicted. To do so, proof must be shown for every single element of a crime,” Cornell University Law School said.

“The right to ‘prove innocence’? This is America, not Stalinist Russia,” Republican Missouri Senator Josh Hawley said.

“Nancy Pelosi is dead wrong here. Does she really have no clue that the burden is not on a defendant to prove their innocence at trial?” Lee Zeldin, former Republican candidate for governor of New York said.