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Former United States Attorney Brett Tolman says Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is attempting to indict former President Donald Trump using the same legal theory that led to a fine for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Leading up to the 2016 presidential election, Clinton’s campaign hid a payment for the Russian collusion sham by labeling it “legal fees.” Clinton was never arrested, but instead paid a fine.
During the same time period, Trump is accused of paying $130,000 in alleged “hush money” to the then-lawyer of former porn star Stormy Daniels.
Trump says the allegations are false and no crime was committed. Despite the total lack of evidence, Trump says the investigation continues as a result of funding from far-left billionaire George Soros.
Trump says the case is based on “an old and fully debunked fairytale.” Trump’s lawyer will also likely argue that the five-year statute of limitations for a criminal charge has expired.
Former New York City police officer and conservative pundit John Cardillo responded, “Bill Clinton paid Paula Jones $850,000 and no one cared.”
Tolman said, “And the Hillary Campaign was actually fined for hiding the Steele Dossier payment under ‘legal fees’ — essentially the same legal theory on the Stormy Daniels payment the DA is running criminal investigation of Trump.”
And the Hillary Campaign was actually fined for hiding the Steele Dossier payment under “legal fees” —essentially the same legal theory on the Stormy Daniels payment the DA is running criminal investigation of Trump. https://t.co/GLur8NWGyA
— Brett L. Tolman (@tolmanbrett) March 18, 2023
“Why wasn’t Hillary arrested?” one person asked Bragg.
Bragg’s politically motivated attack on former President Donald Trump is unprecedented. For the first time in U.S. history, a former president may be soon arrested on felony charges due to a “corrupt and highly political” criminal investigation in New York.
However, Bragg is hiding a dark secret. While aggressively going after Trump, he has been quietly downgrading 52% of all felony charges in New York to misdemeanor charges.
This allows criminals to roam free and wreak havoc on the city. In contrast, Bragg wants his political opponents to go to jail. He is elevating a misdemeanor to a felony charge in order to indict Trump.
Bragg has destroyed New York City with his “laissez-faire” approach to serious criminals who he personally believes committed minor crimes.
In Trump’s case, he is accused of paying “hush money” to former stripper and porn actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential election. It’s unclear what the exact criminal charges would be against Trump.
If Trump is indicted, the Democrat investigators claim he will be treated like other felony defendants who undergo fingerprinting and a mugshot.
Trump would likely surrender himself to Manhattan Criminal Court. Felony defendants are usually put in handcuffs, but it will reportedly be up to Secret Service whether they handcuff Trump.
Trump will most likely not be placed in a cell for security reasons. If the case moves forward, Trump could be on trial in the closing months of the 2024 presidential campaign.