The question of Donald Trump being indicted by witch-hunting Democratic prosecutors ahead of the 2024 presidential election has always been more about when rather than if and The New York Times reported on Thursday that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg will criminally indict the former president soon in a hush-money case involving porn star Stormy Daniels, citing the now standard anonymous sources.
Democrats have two fallbacks here if the reporting should prove to be false. One is the Biden DOJ, which is investigating Trump’s mishandling of classified information and his actions on Jan. 6. The other fallback is the Fulton County grand jury probe of the 2020 election in Georgia.
New York Times correspondent Maggie Haberman, who does double duty as a CNN analyst, was not optimistic that Bragg will have success in his pursuit of Trump when host Anderson Cooper asked her to weigh in.
“So we don’t — we’re entering uncharted territory here. And I think it’s important to note about this case, as Kara said, this is a misdemeanor that they’re trying to push up to a felony. It’s an… exotic case,” Haberman said. “And a judge could decide, no, we’re going to knock it back to a misdemeanor. That is difficult for a prosecutor when it’s a former president, to understand, justice is supposed to be equal for all.”
“But, you know, people take into consideration factors like this,” she continued. “I think we could see a rallying effect from his supporters. It could be that more people are turned off by this. I just don’t think we know. We know how he will use it, which is that he will say he’s being attacked and victimized. And we have seen that over and over again. We’re going to continue to.”
Cooper noted that the Manhattan DA’s office was pursuing other charges against Trump and his business, but opted not to prosecute.
“Yeah, look, and what I think Michael Cohen would say as a witness, and has said before is that he, you know, he lied on Trump’s behalf,” Haberman replied. “And I think you would hear him say that in this case. You did have Alvin Bragg decide not to bring a prosecution against Trump in connection with his actual business despite proceeding against his business. And they got a conviction across the board in 17 counts in that case, I don’t know — it’s different when you’re prosecuting a faceless company than it is prosecuting a man.
“I do think it’s worth noting here, putting aside issues of Michael Cohen specifically, or that the prospective thinness of the case, take it all together,” Haberman added. “It requires 12 people and it just takes one person to have reasonable doubt. And even in pretty progressive Manhattan, I think probably a defense lawyer could find one person. And that’s a risk here.”
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