The New York prosecutor monitoring Trump has come under repeated criticism for being lenient on the crime
The liberal New York prosecutor who is reportedly set to arrest former President Donald Trump is accustomed to being accused of being soft on crime.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office could arrest Trump this week after a years-long investigation into the ex-president’s alleged silent payments to porn star Stormy Daniels during his 2020 election campaign, claims Trump.
Bragg’s office neither confirmed nor denied plans to arrest Trump, who called on his supporters to protest ahead of the alleged indictment.
“NOW ILLEGAL LEAKS FROM A CORRUPTED AND HIGHLY POLITICAL MANHATTAN DISTRICT LAW OFFICE, WHICH HAS HELPED SET NEW VIOLENT CRIME RECORDS AND WHOSE HEAD IS FUNDED BY GEORGE SOROS, INDICATE THAT, NO CRIME CAN BE PROVEN, AND BASED ON AN ANCIENT, FULLY DEBUNKED FAIRY TALE (BY MANY OTHER PROSECUTORS!), THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE AND FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WILL BE ARRESTED ON TUESDAY NEXT WEEK. OUR NATION!” Trump wrote on Truth Social this weekend.
As Trump’s successful 2016 presidential run drew to a close, Michael Cohen, then Trump’s attorney, sent Daniels $130,000 to keep him from disclosing his 2006 affair with Trump. Trump repaid Cohen in installments.
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Bragg has appointed a grand jury on the matter, indicating that he will soon decide whether or not to indict the former president.
But Bragg, who took office as a Reform prosecutor, has been repeatedly accused of letting the killers off the hook, including when the family of a slain New York man said he let them off. betrayed by not prosecuting a nurse accused of stabbing to death. her ex-husband.
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“We are of the opinion that you prematurely replaced your version of events with the inquest functions of the jury and that you failed to honor your promise to the court or to my family to seek even a measure of responsibility,” said the slain man’s brother James. Murray, Steven Murray, wrote to Bragg in December.
James Murray was fatally stabbed by his estranged wife Tracy McCarter in 2020, who said she killed her husband in self-defense and was a violent alcoholic. McCarter has been defended by domestic violence advocates, according to previous New York Post coverage, and Bragg received a donation from advocacy group Color of Change, which advocated for her release, during her run as DA .
He tweeted in favor of McCarter’s release as his election approached and eventually won his offer to drop murder charges against the woman, which the slain man’s family said was “100% “motivated by Color of Change’s donation.
Similar cases have unfolded since his inauguration, including his being ridiculed for making a deal with a career criminal who then punched a random woman; his slap on the wrist for a man who violently assaulted a 55-year-old nurse; and imprison, but ultimately release, the owner of the bodega who killed an aggressive ex-convict who attacked him for murder.
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In 2022, during Bragg’s first year as senior Manhattan prosecutor, he downgraded more than half of felony cases to misdemeanors. He campaigned on criminal justice reform and sent a “Day One” memo to staff upon taking office to downgrade certain crimes, such as armed robbery in commercial businesses. The move came at a time when crimes were up 27.6% in New York City, Fox News Digital previously reported.
Bragg declined to prosecute 35% more felony cases than in 2019.
On Sunday, Trump sued Bragg for his financial support of liberal billionaire donors George Soros, who donated $1 million to the political action committee Color of Change, which funneled money to Bragg, previously reported. the New York Post.
“Bragg is a backward racist (Soros), who takes his orders from DC I beat them TWICE, doing much better the second time around, and despite their campaign of DISINFORMATION, they don’t want to run against” TRUMP” or my GREAT RECORD!” Trump wrote on Truth Social Sunday.
Tom Anderson, director of the Government Integrity Project at the National Legal and Policy Center in Virginia, previously told the outlet that Soros’ donations were a “shock and awe” political maneuver.
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“George Soros quietly orchestrated the dark money political equivalent of ‘shock and awe’ on local lawyer races across the country, smashing records, flipping races and essentially mocking our entire system. campaign finance,” Anderson told the New York Post.
Bragg was elected in 2021 and became the first black American to lead the powerful office. But since taking office, he has also come under fire from other New York leaders, including NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, who said he was “very concerned” about his “Day One” memo.
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“I bring my concerns to the Manhattan District Attorney and hope to have frank and productive discussions to try to find common ground,” Sewell wrote in a message to officers last year. “As Commissioner of Police, your safety is my primary concern. This is one of the reasons I seek to have conversations with the District Attorney to seek a better balance between officer safety, public safety and reform.”
Trump spokesman Steven Cheung called the Trump investigation a “witch hunt” and accused Bragg of being in the pocket of President Joe Biden and “radical democrats”.
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“President Donald J. Trump is completely innocent, he has done nothing wrong, and even the most radical left-wing Democrats make that clear,” Cheung wrote in a statement.