Trump calls for the removal of all senior officials investigating him
President Trump on Thursday called for the removal of all law enforcement officials currently investigating him.
A busy morning on social media for Trump was capped off with a post suggesting leads from four different investigations into his conduct be removed from their posts.
Trump’s comments follow significant advances in each investigation.
“District Attorney Bragg is a danger to our country and should be fired immediately, along with lunatic radical bomb-thrower Jack Smith, who harasses and intimidates innocent people to levels never seen before, ‘Get Trump’ Letitia James, the worst attorney general in the United States, and Atlanta DA Fani Willis, who tries to make PERFECT phone calls in a plot to destroy America, but reigns over America’s most violent crime scene, and doesn’t make nothing about it!” Trump wrote in a post on his social media site.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D) is due to meet a convened grand jury on Monday to hear evidence in a case examining whether Trump broke the law by arranging and concealing a silent payment of $130,000 to the star of adult cinema Stormy Daniels.
Last weekend, Trump predicted he would be arrested in connection with the investigation on Tuesday – a date that has passed as the grand jury continues its closed-door meetings.
Special Counsel Jack Smith, who is overseeing an investigation into mishandling of records at Mar-a-Lago as well as efforts to halt the transition of power after the 2020 election, has also just won a major court victory. An appeals court upheld a lower court ruling ordering Trump’s lawyer in the Mar-a-Lago investigation, Evan Corcoran, to turn over documents and transcripts of the appeals to prosecutors.
The ruling undermines attorney-client privilege between Corcoran and Trump, with the lower court judge determining that the communications are not privileged because they may have been given in the context of a crime.
New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) has filed a civil fraud suit against Trump. Efforts by Trump’s team to delay the case for six months do not appear likely to succeed.
Court documents filed earlier this month indicate that Judge Arthur Engoron, who is overseeing the case, told the parties in recent proceedings that the trial would begin as scheduled on October 2 “whether there is hell or raw”.
And Trump’s Georgia-based legal team on Monday sought to quash an investigation led by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis (D) into his efforts to influence the 2020 election.
It’s unclear whether Trump will be charged in the probe, but the move comes after jurors who sat on the grand jury said this month that his final report suggested charges for numerous people related to Trump’s scheme.
Willis also said in January that charging decisions for several defendants were “imminent.”
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