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Stephanopoulos cuts off Trump lawyer after suggesting Biden was behind Trump’s conviction

ABC News anchor Georges Stephanopoulos clashed with former President Trump’s lawyer Will Scharf in an interview Sunday over the former president’s unsubstantiated claims that President Biden had a role in opening the secret criminal case against Trump in New York.

In an interview on “This Week,” Scharf repeatedly echoed the former president’s claims, arguing that the hush money criminal trial — which ended in Trump being convicted on 34 counts — was an “Exhibit A” in terms of “politicization of the legal system. »

“This is absolutely unprecedented in American history. This is not how our campaigns are supposed to be run. In this country, we contest elections at the ballot box, not in the courts,” Scharf continued.

Stephanopoulos acknowledged Scharf’s view of winning the election at the ballot box, but clarified that there was no evidence to suggest any involvement of the federal Department of Justice in the New State criminal trial. York which has just ended.

“That’s true. But, of course, no former president or presidential candidate has ever faced the kind of accusations that the president has faced because of his own activities. And of course, the attorney general of Manhattan has nothing to do with the Justice Department,” Stephanopoulos said.

As Stephanopoulos attempted to return to his question about the sentencing process, Scharf pressed on, refusing to admit that the charge was politically motivated. Stephanopoulos finally interrupted him.

“I strongly disagree that the New York prosecutor was not politically motivated here,” Scharf said, “and I strongly disagree that President Biden and his political allies are not neck-deep in this pursuit.”

Stephanopoulos interjected, saying: “There is no evidence here of that. Sir…I’m not going to let you keep saying that. There is no evidence of this.

“Do you want to answer the question about the sentencing process or not?” » Stephanopoulos added, after some back and forth.

Scharf pointed to the prosecutor in the case, Matthew Colangelo, “standing on (prosecutor) Alvin Bragg’s shoulder when he announced this verdict” as evidence of political interference, noting that he worked at the department of Justice, before the end of the interview. .

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