DA Bragg’s Trump case called for dismissal over ‘weak’ charges

by ian

 

Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial, brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, continues to move forward despite a growing outcry against it.

Earlier this year, prosecutors in New York unsealed a 34-count indictment against the former president. All counts against Trump accuse him of “falsifying business records in the first degree,” citing multiple ledger entries of various payments.

A separately issued “statement of facts” from the DA’s office said Trump did this “to conceal criminal conduct that hid damaging information from the voting public during the 2016 presidential election.” This conduct is primarily believed to be of a sexual nature and involving former adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

The trial has since begun, but many Republicans and experts are coming out to criticize it. Some are even calling for the trial to be stopped.

One of these voices is a former federal prosecutor, Andrew McCarthy. His main argument for dismissing the trial was because of the “crimes” that were listed. In an opinion piece for National Review, McCarthy writes that the indictment “fails to state a crime.”

Rather, each count says that Trump had “intent to defraud and intent to commit another crime and aid and conceal the commission thereof.” For this reason alone, McCarthy says, the case should be dismissed, but he also lists other factors including the lapsing of the statute of limitations and the distinction of enforcing federal law.

Furthermore, Republicans in Congress are joining in the critiques. House Judiciary Republicans released a report yesterday in which they said the DA’s office “weaponized the criminal justice system” by “constantly searching for a crime — any crime – to prosecute President Trump.”

The Republican group says the DA’s office was under constant pressure by former special prosecutor Mark Pomerantz to present a case.

Citing Pomerantz’s words on the matter, both from a book he wrote and from a deposition before the committee, the report says that the DA’s Office was “populated with partisans who openly bragged about their desire to get President Trump.”

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