Former President Donald Trump on Sunday lashed out at Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg as his office investigated an alleged hush-money payment made for then-candidates ahead of the 2016 election. accusing him of “prosecutorial misconduct”.
Trump, who claimed he would be arrested Tuesday on charges related to the investigation, claimed there was “no crime committed” in a post on Saturday. about his true society messaging platform.
“There was no ‘misdemeanor’ here either. No crime,” Trump, 76, wrote.
“Everything else in the many Democratic law enforcement officers who saw it passed. So did [former Manhattan DA] So did Cy Vance, and Bragg.but then much later [sic], he changed his mind. Hey why? Prosecutorial misconduct and election interference. Investigate the investigator! ”Trump Said.
Last week, following media reports that Trump was expected to be indicted by a grand jury in Manhattan, the former president denounced “illegal leaks from the corrupt and highly political Manhattan District Attorney’s Office,” He called on his supporters to protest.
On Sunday, Trump questioned why Bragg initially decided not to pursue the case, then reversed his decision, leading to possible indictments this week.
“When Alvin Bragg first took office, he, like many other prosecutors, made it very clear that there would be no lawsuit against Donald J. Trump. The news media started pushing him hard. The 45th President said,
“I knew what that meant. He was being forced to do things he shouldn’t have been doing. He blamed Soros and the Marxists who are destroying our country.” I didn’t try to stand up!” Trump said, based on Saturday’s post linking Bragg to billionaire democratic donor George Soros.
Trump, who announced he is targeting the 2024 Republican nomination, also tried to link President Biden to Bragg’s “attack on democracy.”
“Biden likes to pretend he has nothing to do with Manhattan’s DA’s attack on democracy, but really, he’s running a D. ‘Horseface’ witch hunt. Bragg is a reverse racist (of Soros) and is under orders from DC.” Trump said on Sunday.
“I beat them twice and did much better the second time. Despite their disinformation campaign, they don’t want to go against ‘TRUMP’ or my GREAT RECORD!” he continued. rice field.
In anticipation of possible arrests, Trump urged his national network of supporters to speak out.
“The remote leading Republican candidate and former president of the United States will be arrested next Tuesday. Protest and take back our country!” .
The Manhattan Attorney’s Office lawsuit is said to focus on a $130,000 payment made by former Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Trump then reportedly reimbursed Cohen and recorded the reimbursement as legal costs.
Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations in August 2021 and was sentenced to three years in federal prison.
Both Cohen and Daniels testified before a Manhattan grand jury investigating the case.
Two prosecutors in the DA’s office, Mark Pomerantz and Carey Dunne, resigned in February 2022, following disagreements over Bragg’s handling of the investigation into Trump and the Trump Organization.
Pomerantz went on to write a book claiming Trump had “committed a grave crime.”
After Trump broke into his office on Saturday, Bragg sent a memo to staff saying it “will not tolerate attempts to blackmail our office.”
“Our law enforcement partners are working to ensure that all 1,600 people have a safe working environment by ensuring that specific or credible threats to the office are fully investigated and appropriate protective measures are in place. I will,” Bragg told his office.