Recently, reports outlined that the team led by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg would be presenting evidence to a grand jury concerning the role held by Donald Trump in a hush money scheme targeting women with whom he purportedly had affairs.
At issue in a potentially future case from Bragg could be the falsified business records the Trump company crafted to cover for the reimbursements provided to past Trump attorney Michael Cohen for some of the hush money he himself covered. Already, ex-publisher of the National Enquirer David Pecker, whose publication was also involved in the arrangements, was set to provide what was apparently testimony to the jury — and it seems Trump was paying attention. He turned to his personal account on his knock-off social media site Truth Social, where he flipped out.
“When Soros backed Alvin Bragg attained the office of Manhattan District Attorney, he received great praise from large circles of people for dropping some of the most ridiculous Witch Hunt type cases ever looked at by that office,” Trump claimed online on Wednesday. “Now some Radical Left crazies, coupled with “ratings crushed” and failing Fake News, are trying to get him to go the Prosecutorial Misconduct route, and take on certain very weak cases which are dead anyway based on the Statute of Limitations. FIGHT VIOLENT CRIME!” It is utterly ridiculous and shows how deeply detached from reality Trump’s rhetoric really is for the former president to keep claiming, in more or less direct terms, that prosecutors including Bragg are basically just ignoring violent crime. They’re obviously not doing that! It’s also ridiculous to think something as basic as the relevant statute of limitations won’t be effectively explored as proceedings move forward.
In another post from this week, Trump seemed to confirm he had at least a basic level of awareness of the scheme to provide Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, and Karen McDougal with hush money, which could be relevant to the key concern at the Manhattan prosecutor’s office of showing Trump’s involvement. “With respect to the “Stormy” nonsense, it is VERY OLD & happened a long time ago, long past the very publicly known & accepted deadline of the Statute of Limitations,” he said. “I placed full Reliance on the JUDGEMENT & ADVICE OF [COUNSEL], who I had every reason to believe had a license to practice law, was competent, & was able to appropriately provide solid legal services. He came from a good law firm, represented other clients over the years, & there was NO reason not to rely on him, and I did.”
Trump also had a predictably narcissistic theory for why he is facing these supposedly apocalyptic travails. “Fair and True Justice means NOTHING in our Country anymore,” the ex-president melodramatically claimed. “I am being hit by so many DEMOCRAT Prosecutors, LOCAL, STATE, & FEDERAL, all to keep me from “running,” and all because I am leading by sooo much. The great people of our Country aren’t going to take it.” Multiple polls of just the Republican presidential primary have shown Trump losing by double-digits to Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis, who may announce a campaign — and Trump was concerned about polling on Thursday. “I’m “killing” everybody in the Polls, but FoxNews always is able to find an outlier, usually old and non-credible, that makes me look as bad as possible,” he complained to his followers.