Former President Donald Trump, citing “illegal leaks” from the Manhattan district attorney’s office, posted the following on social media: “…WITH NO CRIME BEING ABLE TO BE PROVEN, & BASED ON AN OLD & FULLY DEBUNKED (BY NUMEROUS OTHER PROSECUTORS!) FAIRYTALE, THE FAR & AWAY LEADING REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE & FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WILL BE ARRESTED ON TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK…”
If true, this represents a 180-degree switch from when Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg entered office. In February 2022, two prosecutors, described as leading the Manhattan DA’s criminal investigation of Trump, resigned over Bragg’s decision not to proceed with the case. According to The New York Times, the then-new Manhattan D.A. “indicated to them that he had doubts about moving forward with a case against” Trump. CNN reported: “One person familiar with the investigation by the district attorney’s office told CNN that Bragg appeared ‘disinterested’ in his office’s investigation into the Trump Organization…”
A former Manhattan assistant D.A., Mark Pomerantz, who resigned over the office’s failure to prosecute Trump, wrote a book asserting that Trump committed felonies, including a $130,000 payment to a former porn star. But in an NPR interview, Pomerantz conceded: “I am not suggesting to you that there were no legitimate reasons to stand down. People could conclude that bringing the case and losing the case would promote enormous disrespect for the law.”
Bragg, since entering office, has reportedly come down with an acute case of the second thoughts. On Jan. 30, 2023, the New York Times reported: “The Manhattan district attorney’s office on Monday began presenting evidence to a grand jury about Donald J. Trump’s role in paying hush money ($130,000) to a porn star during his 2016 presidential campaign, laying the groundwork for potential criminal charges…”
Yet even the Times wrote: “A conviction is not a sure thing, in part because a case could hinge on showing that Mr. Trump and his company falsified records to hide the payout from voters days before the 2016 election, a low-level felony charge that would be based on a largely untested legal theory.” It also hinges on the testimony and credibility of Michael Cohen, the former Trump lawyer, now disbarred, who pleaded guilty to and served time for criminal tax evasion and campaign finance violations. Some star witness.
Why use an untested legal theory? Falsifying business records is generally a New York state misdemeanor. This poses a problem because the state misdemeanor statute of limitations is two years. So, what to do? Bragg argues that the falsification occurred to further a second crime, in this case a federal campaign finance violation, so, voila, this becomes a felony illegal campaign contribution with a five-year statute of limitations. The argument goes that the payment to silence the porn star was to advance Trump’s presidential campaign, as opposed to avoid personal embarrassment and possible damage to his marriage. And the payment came from Trump’s personal finances, not from campaign funds.
But even under this untested theory and its five-year statute of limitations, time has still expired. But wait! The New York Times writes: “..New York law extends those limits to cover periods when a defendant was continuously out of state, as Mr. Trump was while living in the White House or at his home in Florida. In addition, during the pandemic, New York’s statute of limitations was extended by more than a year.”
Keep in mind that the Federal Elections Commission voted 4-1 in 2021 to close its investigation, failing to find that Trump “knowingly and willfully” broke the federal campaign finance law Bragg claims Trump violated. As to the Department of Justice, in July 2019, the Associated Press wrote: “…(DOJ) prosecutors revealed in a court filing this week that they had closed their investigation (of alleged Trump campaign finance violations.)”
George Washington Law Professor Jonathan Turley, a Democrat, called Bragg’s case against Trump “legally pathetic” and accused the George Soros funded D.A. of “struggling to twist state laws to effectively prosecute a federal case long ago rejected by the Justice Department against Trump.”
Apart from that…
Onzeur Trante says
Good synopsis from Larry Elder. One would like to think that this is the last of the witch hunts and shenanigans against DJT, but everyone knows it’s not the last. Meanwhile, they’ve turned the heat up under the Mara Lago documents’ frying pan…
Kevin N says
I’m still convinced Trump will be indicted for an unpaid parking ticket from 1983 … Gotta happen sooner or later, right … ? … After all, if they don’t prosecute / persecute Trump, it would undermine the very foundations of our ‘Democracy™’!!! It would also be racist … and contribute to misogynistic systemically disproportionate climate change that threatens all of us … Bragg must act NOW, for the sake of the children not yet slaughtered in the womb, or not yet transitioned after they’re born … Just sayin’ …
David Ray says
Leftists dream up a charge; then work backwards to make it stick. (Leventa Beria is their exampl; Saul Alinsky is their teacher.)
Problem for “Twinkies” Bragg is that he’s too retarded to pull it off.
Surprised they have not yet taken that picture of Trump eating a taco salad …
… and indicted him for inciting anti-Hispanic violence …
Only half joking … ;-))
G-d bless …
David Ray says
This Soros bought, twinkie-munching DA might be the 1st one to indict him for eating a ham sandwich.
Mo de Profit says
Ham? That’s offensive to muslims.
Dr. Sylvia Wasson says
Wait a minute — a picture of Trump eating a Taco salad could net him a charge of “cultural appropriation”, and for the radical left that’s akin to racism. So, not all is lost yet. “Just keep at it, never let up”, said Saul Alinsky. Not all is lost yet. We’ll get him on some sort of violation. Commie Pigs, they are!
Spurwing Plover says
In the rather small minds of Liberals all Convicts should be set Free and those who refuse to abide by the Orders of Soros and Sanders and their ilk all be sent to a Concentration Camps/Gulags
Mo de Profit says
“ People could conclude that bringing the case and losing the case would promote enormous disrespect for the law.”
More than it was when the law was arresting people for sitting on a beach alone?
Yes, that quote was disturbing. All leftist quotes twist reality.
The disrespect for law is in the bringing of yet another in a long long string of bogus highly politicized cases that strangely mirror the very bad deeds of the other political party.
Who was actually in bed with Russia? Who on video admitted bribery of officials in Ukraine? Whose laptop showing child abuse, drug abuse and treason was withheld by order of a corrupt FBI to affect an election? Talk about campaign finance! How much was that worth? Etc etc etc.
Walter Sieruk says
This harassment of Donald Trump by the vicious and malice-filed leftist in power isn’t so much “legal prosecution” but political persecution.”
The left-wing is maliciously had been , with a hate-filled passion looking for a way to bring down hard this hard working American patriot so that he will never, they hope, the next US President , likewise they desire to hart him and his family.
For as it’s been often truly said that “Evil is always looking for an excuse.”
The socialist /leftist /Marxist feel that they have found their excuse to go after Mr. Trump.
The double standards of those of the liberal left are appalling. For they wouldn’t tolerate any type legal investigation into Barack Obama in that before he because President he had two sex affairs with two homosexual men and that later the one of the two gay men who was the most talkative about his sex relations that he had with Obama had not long after started talking died under suspicious circumstances. 
 The video documentary titled TRUMP CARD by Dinesh D’ Souza.
Walter Sieruk says
Two modern and closely connected un-American subversive movements of the twenty –first century in the United States are the Leftist/Islamic alliance and the Red /Green alliance.
The people who make up both of those entities do, especially those Muslims members of it, strongly detest Donald Trump because of the many grand and great accomplishments of President Trump his official US government recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital City of the Jewish State of Israel. Later President Trump recognized the Golan Heights as, rightly belonging to Israel.
Likewise, President Trump had sanction imposed on that aggressive hostile vicious anti- America and anti- Israel tyrannical Islamic regime of Iran, which had the official title of “The Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Furthermore, President Trump in Office and greatly supported strong thick tall US /Mexican borders that are patrolled by armed US troops , National Guard and police who may be allows to use their firearms if they deem it necessary .
For porous US borders are seen as in open invitation by dangerous jihadists of murderous Islamic terror organizations as Al Qaeda , ISIS and also Hamas and Hezbollah and even the Taliban.
The above “reasons” are why those of the leftist/Islamic and the Red/Green alliance are after Donald Trump with their malice and hate- filled passion and want , by any means to take him down and keep him down.
Walter Sieruk says
The people in high power of the left-wing are a very slanderous of very most despicable sort.
One lie of the leftist is that President Trump attempted to organize “his domestic terrorists” Donald Trump had never organized, supported terrorists of any kind.
The other lie is that the American patriots who had been falsely and unjustly arrested in the schemed left wing set up in Washington DC on January 6,2021.are “domestic terrorists.”
Those leftist are also very inconsistent and hypocritical because she refuses to recognizing who the real domestic terrorists are, which are the vicious violent Marxists lawless malicious criminals who make up Antifa and BLM.
Walter Sieruk says
Alvan Bragg is the one who should arrested and be put in prison .Even before he maliciously has gone after Donald Trump that villainous DA did everything to get real criminals, street hooligans, “off the hook” then they committed violent crimes.
For example, Bragg when out of his way to get a vicious violent thug , who even had a long history of committing violent crimes, freed after he entered a store and brutally attacked the shop owner . Bragg even went further , in his despicable mentally , he attempted to get the store own charged with assault for only defending himself after being first attacked by the horrible hooligan.
The former US President, James Monroe , had it right , when he said ” The right of self- defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred, and alike necessary to nations and individuals.”
Walter Sieruk says
After this vicious hoax of a “legal indictment” against Donald Trump, which is political persecution and malicious harassment all blows over , much later in time it will much in the annals of future history books certainly will, with honest and ethical historians who write only truth, will print what an outstanding good President Donald Trump was and that he just and fair man who stood for justice and accomplished must for the advancement of the United States in only four years in Office.
In contrast future good quality history books will reveal what a despicable and evil man President imposter Joe Biden was and how he did and still does everything wrong and terrible to tear down the United States and cause her to become a third world power.
So much so that the name of Joe Biden will rot in American history.
As the Bible informs its reader “The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.” Proverbs 11:7. [K.J.V.]
Freud in a Slip says
The communist Democrats are hoping for a felony conviction – ANY felony conviction – to use as justification for barring his run for president. That might bring up an interesting string of events. Suppose, for argument’s sake, that it works and blue states all over the country keep Trump off the ballot. What would prevent red states from retaliating by removing all Democrats from their ballots? After all, if made up charges and kangaroo courts and rigged juries result in a Trump felony conviction, who’s to say red states can’t prosecute the DNC or Joe Biden or whomever they choose in a similar manner as a pretext for keeping the communists off the ballot? An election of this sort would have many (maybe most) states as foregone conclusions and fixed electoral votes. Since ‘battleground’ states are mostly red states, election fraud would be off the table, and the election would be an almost certain Republican win. I can dream, right?