Trump hits back at Manhattan DA over 'witch-hunt' amid talk of indictment
Bragg's case has attracted scrutiny from legal experts such as Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz.
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On Thursday, Former President Donald Trump called out Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, whom he says has pursued a political "witch-hunt" against him.
Bragg has investigated a $130,000 payment Trump made to Stormy Daniels in 2016, via his former personal attorney Michael Cohen. The case rests on the premise that the money transfer may constitute an illegal campaign contribution. Reports emerged in March that Trump received an offer to speak before a grand jury in connection with the case, which many news outlet took to signal that an indictment may be forthcoming.
Trump, for his part, has denied wrongdoing. On Thursday, Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung addressed the case in a statement posted to the former president's social media platform, Truth Social.
"President Donald J. Trump is completely innocent, he did nothing wrong, and even the biggest, most Radical Left Democrats are making that clear," the statement read. "From Russia, Russia, Russia, to the Mueller Hoax, to Impeachment Hoaxes 1 and 2, and even the Unlawful Mar-a-Lago Raid, Democrats have investigated and attacked President Trump since before he was elected - and they've failed every time."
"The latest Witch-Hunt is being brought on by George Soros-backed Radical Left Democrat prosecutor Alvin Bragg," Cheung continued. "Everyone know it's a sham. In fact, the Department of Justice stocked the DA's office with top people from DC to help 'Get Trump' at a local level."
Bragg's case has attracted scrutiny from legal experts such as Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz, who this week called the district attorney's reasoning "highly questionable," before criticizing him for selective prosecution.
"It is in the nature of partisan selective prosecution that a target may well be technically guilty of some violation. The question is would he have been prosecuted for that violation if he were not the political target," the legal scholar wrote. "When I was coming of age in the 1950s Southern prosecutors would target civil rights workers and search for any possible violation of the law, no matter how technical."
"If they discovered or invented a violation, they would indict, prosecute, convict and sentence the target," he added.
Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.
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