Donald Trump in a series of Truth Social posts on Sunday to put an end to any reports that he would “retract” his comments about being arrested this week.
Trump doubled down on his comments about Soros-backed Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg and even accused President Joe Biden of being involved in a “witch hunt.”
“Biden wants to pretend he has nothing to do with the Manhattan DA’s assault on democracy when in fact he has ‘stuffed’ the DA’s office with people from the Department of Justice, including a top DOJ agent from DC who actually runs the “Horseface.” “The witch hunt,” Trump said. “Bragg is a reverse racist (Soros), who is taking his orders from DC. I beat them TWICE, did much better the second time, and despite their DISINFORMATION campaign, they don’t want to run against ‘TRUMP’ or my BIG GRAVA!”
“When Alvin Bragg came into office, he made it abundantly clear that, like many other prosecutors, there was no case against Donald J. Trump,” he continued. “Then the Biden administration, the Democrats and the fake news media started pushing him and pushing him hard, and low and behold he said there might only be one case after all. I knew what he meant: I was being pushed to do something that shouldn’t be done. I wasn’t ready to stand up to Soros and the Marxists who are destroying our country!”
“There was no ‘minor crime’ here either,” he continued. “There was no crime, period. Every other Democrat law enforcement officer who looked into it, it happened. So did Cy Vance, and so did Bragg. But then, much later, he changed his mind opinion. Wow, I wonder why? Fiscal misconduct and interference in an election. Investigate the investigators!”
Fox News had previously reported that Donald Trump appeared to be “walking back” on statements about his arrest on Tuesday.
It’s unclear, however, whether Donald Trump or his campaign have actually “walked back” his comments. Trump’s public comments and his Truth Social channel do not indicate that he has retracted any of his earlier statements.
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However, the Manhattan prosecutor appeared to confirm there was some merit to Trump’s concerns by issuing a statement late Saturday saying his office will not be “intimidated” by a possible pushback.
“Please know that your safety is our highest priority,” Bragg’s email read in part. “We have full confidence in our outstanding security personnel and investigators, along with our great colleagues at the OCA and the NYPD, and we will continue to coordinate with all of them. We do not tolerate attempts to intimidate our office or threaten the rule of law in New York.”
“Our law enforcement partners will ensure that any specific or credible threat against the office is fully investigated and that appropriate safeguards are in place so that all 1,600 of us have a safe work environment,” the email continued .
“This office is filled with the best public servants in the country,” the message added. “I am committed to maintaining a safe work environment where everyone can continue to serve the public with the same diligence and professionalism that make this institution so renowned. In the meantime, as with all our investigations, we will continue to apply the law fairly and equitably, and will speak publicly only when necessary.”
Constitutional lawyer Jonathan Turley is among critics of Trump’s prosecution who believe the charges against him are “violations of the law.”
“While it may be politically popular, the case is legally pathetic,” Turley argued. “Bragg is fighting to bend state laws to effectively prosecute a federal case long ago dismissed by the Justice Department against Trump over his payment of ‘hush money’ to former stripper Stormy Daniels. In 2018 (yes, that long carries that theory), I wrote how difficult a federal case would be under existing election laws. Now, six years later, the same theory can be incorporated into a state claim.”
“It is extremely difficult to prove that paying money to cover up a shameful affair was done for electoral purposes rather than for a range of other obvious reasons, from protecting a celebrity’s reputation to preserving a marriage,” he continued. “This was demonstrated by the failed federal prosecution of former presidential candidate John Edwards on a much stronger charge of using campaign funds to cover up an affair.”
“In this case, Trump paid Daniels $130,000 in the fall of 2016 to cut off or at least reduce any public scandal,” he added. “The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York had no love lost for Trump, pursuing him and his associates in a myriad of investigations, but ultimately declining a prosecution based on violations of the electoral law. He was not alone: the president of the Federal Electoral Commission (FEC) also expressed doubts about the theory.”
In addition, Hillary Clinton also violated FEC regulations regarding improperly claiming legal fees and only had to pay a fine.
“The Federal Election Commission has fined Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee over complaints they violated federal law by misreporting expenses to the law firm Perkins Coie, which later hired the firm of Fusion GPS investigation to dig up dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump,” Fox News reported at the time.
In 2013, former President Barack Obama was fined $375,000 for reporting campaign violations, one of the largest fines ever handed out by the FEC.
Neither was arrested.
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