Trump Responds to Indictment: ‘This is Political Persecution and Election Interference at the Highest Level in History’
“These Corrupt Democrat Prosecutors, all from poorly run and very dangerous Democrat run cities, are not going to choose the Republican Nominee, or the next President of the United States!”
Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 10:14pm 81 Comments
President Donald Trump unleashed on Truth Social over the Manhattan grand jury’s indictment of him.
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Nothing but ineffectual pantywaist hand wringing.
Everyone with any sense recognizes this BS indictment is a threadbare case relying on a very tenuous legal theory brought by a highly partisan DA in Bragg who campaigned for election to his position as being committed to ‘getting Trump’. Petty, vindictive and totalitarian all out in the open for everyone to see.
This is breathtakingly stupid and utterly indefensible. Whether the ultimate goal is to boost Trump in the primary b/c they think he is a weaker candidate or to derail his campaign b/c they fear he would defeat the d/prog in the general they have already failed. All this did was PO a bunch of folks and highlight in stark terms the reality of a two tiered system of Justice which only benefits those who toe the d/prog line. No serious person can view this as anything other than the first salvo in new wave of politicized, lawfare prosecutions aimed at anyone that the regime views as troublesome.
Pelosi – Trump has the right of a trial to prove innocence
For people that don’t tweet.. Nancy just posted this comment
The Grand Jury has acted upon the facts and the law.
No one is above the law, and everyone has the right to a trial to prove innocence.
Hopefully, the former President will peacefully respect the system, which grants him that right.
It would seem like reaching out to Chuck and Nancy was a bad strategy wouldn’t it?
Dear Nancy, American citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. And, once Donal Trump is re-elected, the revenge tour will begin on Day One. You will have your chance to prove your innocence. Can you wait for it?
“the right to a trial to prove innocence.”
Never forget. When a Democrat says “our democracy,” they mean theirs.
No part of it will ever again be yours.
“No one is above the law”
Well, unless you’re a wealthy Democrat, celebrity, or illegal immigrant.
You left out transsexual vengeance-seeker, but since you did mention ‘celebrity’, that could be redundant.
Pelosi is DEAD WRONG. Trump has the right to do nothing. It falls to the givernment as corrupt and vengefu as they are, to PROVE GUILT. And until they PROVE his guilt he remains a free and innocent man.
Thought Pelosi and here hench-critters all swore an oath to UPHOLD and DEFEND the US Constitition.
The state has to prove their case. THEY have to prove he is guilty.
Even non lawyers get that.. She is getting some well-deserved blow back.
Before they have the opportunity to prove his guilt, beyond a reasonable doubt and to a moral certainty, they will, first off, have to prove that a crime was committed and that the statute of limitations had not made prosecution of the alleged crime invalid and impossible. I don’t think this case rises to meet that bar.
Pelosi is 100% wrong-no one is guilty until the prosecutor proves that all elements of the crime were proven bey0nd a reasonable doubt
Trump’s indictment is an unethical prosecution. Let’s hope this case is resolved on a motion to dismiss because it is not based on law.
If not, Bragg’s prosecution could cause other blue state DAs and AGs to pile on Trump with multiple indictments.
And anybody else they decide to target next
Us. We are next.
As DJT has said, and as most of us understand, We have been the target all along.
Bragg needs to be arrested over this.
Nobody on the left gets arrested
As I wrote below, it is up to conservative AGs and DAs in other states to issue indictments of Bragg and serve New York with extradition papers and arresting Bragg or anyone associated with him the minute they step foot in any of those states.
There are more justifiable legal bases for this than there is for Bragg’s outrageous persecution of Trump.
What basis is there to arrest Bragg?
They could just use the same basis as Braggs case? As in…totally made up and fictitious.
it won’t be dismissed
People in this country are already at a low boil before this junk indictment.
I was told that President Trump was making all this up..as some kind of stunt or something.
He simply tells it like he sees it, and that is appreciated. Many critics do not actually hear what he is saying, too focused on how he says it. That’s unfortunate because he makes great sense as he explains. His statement here is completely on the mark. It does feel like the Rubicon has been crossed, and more people better open their eyes to the attack on us all. It has become REAL!
He makes many, many misstatements and never owns up to them. No, we don’t all clutch pearls over how he talks or mean tweets. Many, many people are fed up with his ineffectual revolving door leadership style, his backstabbing nature, his tendency to play victim (which is like crying wolf and one of the reasons for muted sympathy right now), and his inability to recognize that his delivery methods WILL turn away enough voters to make him unelectable.
Conservative DAs and AGs need to start indicting treasonous democrats all over the place. These dems are true traitors who have given aid and comfort to America’s enemies and who have criminally abused the power of government in order to harm AMerica and Americans. Conservative prosecutors need to start filing indictments like nobody’s business and having democrats (local, state and federal dem politicans and officials) arrested the minute they step foot in those states – and file for the extradition of those who won’t come willfully to turn themselves in.
There are more than enough real crimes that dem politicians can be charged with and state prosecutors can easily find ways that those crimes have affected their state’s citizens. We’ve seen from all of the “interstate commerce” junk that it’s child’s play to find a legal basis for any sort of interstate effect.
This is what needs to happen. Conservative states need to start laying out charges for the whole upper and middle echelons of treasonous democrat dirtbags.
As if we need to look hard for the crimes. These people are burning down their own cities. Start by arresting all of those sanctuary city mayors in Texas, Florida and other supposed “red” states. Time to man up and step up to the plate. The irony of the Soros DAs emptying the prisons so to make room for all of these crooked mayors and other politicians and bureaucrats. We need to be openly talking about a Nuremberg- style international trial like many Brits are doing. They want to start with Fauci. Good start.
Let’s start with the entire Biden family for influence peddling, acting as unregistered lobbyists, money laundering, wire fraud and tax evasion. An abundance of evidence must exist in the Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) filed by banks with the Treasury. It should be an easy prosecution. Prosecute Jim, Hunter and Hailey. Impeach Joe.
that will never happen, and even if it did, some federal judge would put a stop to it
That could and would consume one’s entire legal career. What an awesome life’s work, to benefit mankind!
Would you rather be a Black man facing a White Jury in Selma Alabama in 1960?
Or, a Republican facing a Democrat Jury in Washington DC today?
Maybe they want this chaos.
J6 and all….
An obvious first choice would be Texas indicting Alejandro Mayorkas for his dereliction of duty in erasing our southern border.
No, it must be Garland. AGs and DAs are the big culprits in this and need to be targeted. Taking out Garland would decapitate the criminal institution leading this persecution.
Who is going to indict Garland in what jurisdiction?
You are always big on talk and little on capable methods or data and facts…just like Trump.
Embrace the both.
But the impeachment papers on Mayorkas have already been filed so that’s a start.
NYC, the bluest of the bluest American cities, where Trump can’t receive a fair trial, faces a wrongful prosecution and conviction; Trump needs one juror who can keep an open mind, remain objective and unbiased, and will do the right thing.
Today is sad and dangerous, and I am sick of politics.
Unfortunately, this is the first day of CWII
Bring it on.
In the American justice system, it is not the duty of the accused to prove his innocence – it is the duty of the prosecution to prove guilt.
Nazi Pelosi obviously slept through civics class.
At least that’s how it was with the American justice system I grew up under….
The New Liberal ‘justice’ system goes like this: Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime.
Absolutely… Here is what Mr. Branca tweeted.. it was a hoot..
This old, drunk hag who has been in Congress for decades thinks that the US criminal justice system requires defendants to prove their innocence, rather than the State having to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Good work, San Francisco. No wonder you smell like urine. 10:51pm
That is an outstanding remark!
Kudos, Mr. Branca.
And look like…wekl…you know.
Via: John F. Banzhaf III, professor of public interest law emeritus at George Washington University Law School.
Now that Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg has obtained an indictment, almost certainly the first step will be for Trump’s lawyers to file a motion to dismiss the indictment on several different legal grounds.
First, they will argue that it is based upon a faulty legal theory. Bragg is arguing that a mere misrepresentation on a government document (i.e., recording a payment of hush money as a legal expense) is by itself criminal, and that it becomes a felony simply because the purpose may have been to violate a federal (not state) campaign statute. Trump’s lawyers will argue that’s a stretch.
Second, Trump’s lawyers will argue that the charges are barred by statutes of limitations.
Third, and perhaps most important, his lawyers will seek a dismissal based upon the argument of prosecutorial misconduct, and especially selective prosecution.
In support, they will point to the undisputed facts that several prosecutors (including Bragg himself once) who had reviewed the case declined to prosecute, and that there is no logical reason (e.g., newly discovered evidence) to suddenly reinvigorate what has been called a “zombie” case now years after the facts became known.
Trump can also make a strong case for selective prosecution (or selective enforcement), which occurs when prosecutors single out one person for charges when they generally choose not to charge other people who committed similar offenses.
His lawyers will argue that simple document-misrepresentation cases are usually handled without bringing a criminal prosecution (usually as a civil matter), and that “bootstrapping” a misrepresentation as an election-law felony has never before even been tried, much less approved.
Surely the judge will be asked to consider this question: Would this case have been brought against anyone else, even another politician?
If the indictment is dismissed on any one or more of these grounds — something that could happen quickly, and even before any of the other indictments are made public — it will strengthen the hand of those who argue that Trump is being persecuted, even though other cases and situations related to Jan. 6 and the election are very different.
If a Manhattan indictment of Trump does survive a multipronged motion to dismiss and goes to trial, the same assertions about prosecutorial misconduct and selective prosecution may well persuade at least one juror to vote “no” even if he believes that Trump is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
There are serious questions about the propriety of pursuing any of these cases, and seeking to convict a former president for marginal conduct may strike some potential jurors (even ones who dislike Trump personally) as a bridge too far.
All it takes is one juror to say — as they have every right to do — “You know what? He may be guilty as hell, but I simply can’t go along with this.”
If you think the chances of such a person ending up on a Trump jury are zero just because the trial’s in Manhattan — or for any other reason — then you’ve never picked a jury and you’ve never tried a case.
Moreover, the use of so-called jury nullification to protect criminal defendants from politically motivated prosecution is among the most ancient and enduring features of our system.
This is not a lawful country anymore
Given the likelyhood of this progressing all the way to SCOTUS some judges might be inclined to permit interlcutory appeals where they might not have before
If this gets stretched out to the point far in the future when it reaches the SCOTUS, they win. That’s the problem. We can’t get bogged down in court waiting for the “gentlemanly process” of a gabfest solution.
I am looking for McCarthy to rally the House to call for the impeachment of AG Garland. Our new Trump Squad should be finding it easier to strong arm the soiboi RINOs and red state Dems into action. Let’s see if we have even one Republican senator willing to stink up the Senate enough to force action there. I’m tired of all of their oversight investigations which produce nothing but campaign videos but never ever result in any remedial action. By now, they should be using words like “treason” and “global conspiracy”.
It’s time to torch some Republican asses in Congress. Enough with the phony speeches. Do something NOW!!! Start with Garland and keep going. Take the offensive for once. Bring the war to their “shores”. Challenge everything everywhere at all times.
McCarthy is talking the talk with very strong threats to Bragg:
He should follow up with calling in Garland and nailing his ass to the wall and then beginning impeachment action. This is the time to walk the walk McCarthy. This is not about re-election but about national survival. Your big historical moment to lead.
McCarthy can nail no one’s ass to any wall,. Garland can lie to Congress, as he has done in the past, secure in the knowledge that the only people that can do anything about it are his underlings at the DOJ
@MarkS: McCarthy himself won’t be doing it but I would love to see Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, Chip Roy and a few of the other new Trump Squad dogs take a crack at him.
The Democrat Judge will indeed be asked to consider all of these things and the Democrat Judge will determine that it is up to Trump to prove his innocence at trial. This is they way in Democrat controlled town.
I thought the first step was for him to surrender to the DA… that is really all those bastards want.. the process is the punishment. SMH
“Would this case have been brought against anyone else, even another politician?” I do believe that SCOTUS has ruled that being “similarly situated” is not relevant
Is “similarly situated” anything like precedent?
Your analysis is excellent;however, it ignores the reality that Trump as well as every other citizen of the US of Pedophilisa is faced with an organized crime family that masquerades as the Democratic Party. NYC is where their strongest mobsters reside. They will select a judge, a jury and they will be instructed to come to whatever predetermined verdict their mob masters determine. They fear Trump and that makes them both dangerous and determined. Your good professor doesn’t postulate on the obvious move that as the Manhattan DA has twisted his state case into a federal violation then it needs to be tried in a federal court under the Federal Rules of Criminal Prosecution. That is the first motion I would file in federal court if my advice was sought.
Perhaps Governor Hochul, seeing the injustice, will grant Donald J. Trump a full and unconditional pardon.
Perhaps she will execute a parachute-less skydive, and write a best-seller about her experience.
But Justice Millhouse told me no one was gunning for Trump?
I predict that Alvin Bragg will emerge a broken man after all of this.
Not to worry; Bragg can go on tour with Kathy Griffin to sell his book.
Disgraced DA Alvin Bragg will be forced to change his name to Alvin Liberty.
(obscure reference of the day)
Legal pundits I heard on TV opined that he should lose his law license. No.. he will probably get a medal from 46.
“have just INDICATED”
Confusing L indicare, to point out, with L indictare, to declare or accuse.
Looked like an auto-correct goof to me.
Something interesting is going on. Bragg called David Pecker back to the grand jury after Costello’s testimony, at least reportedly to re-bolster Cohen’s standing with the grand jury.
Pecker wasn’t connected to the payoff of Stormy Daniels, however, but was a central figure in another payoff. The CEO of National Enquirer and Michael Cohen reportedly worked together to bury Karen McDougal’s story of an alleged sexual misconduct. National Enquirer bought exclusive rights to McDougal’s story and then refused to publish or report it, a “catch and kill” strategy that had Trump’s cooperation and approval.
What happened in that case?
The FEC fined National Enquirer $187,000 for failure to report an in-kind contribution — and dropped the matter in regard to Trump.
Pecker and Alan Weisselberg, who was also involved in the payment, both have immunity now, but neither the FEC nor the Department of Justice ever bothered to pursue it then or later.
Does Bragg want to shift focus from the Stormy Daniels payoff to the Karen McDougal catch-and-kill scheme?
That would allow him to avoid calling Michael Cohen, or at least avoid relying on the convicted perjurer as the keystone of a case against Trump. However, there’s nothing illegal about paying someone $150K and then not running their story, and even if this was a campaign contribution issue, the FEC has already handled it.
It’s not even within Bragg’s jurisdiction, as presidential campaigns fall under federal authority.
I did hear about a second woman.. Maybe this is why the indictment is sealed?
The official new leader of the democrat party is…. Chairman Mao. With AG Pol Pot and all the little goons like Bragg pitching in
Cue up the Russia, Russia, Russia boiler plate and replace with Stormy, Stormy, Stormy.
I presume the goal here is convict Trump and thus disqualify him from the ballot in any number of states. It will only take one or two to swing the election (if fraud doesn’t already swing it). Perhaps an attorney familiar with these laws can comment.
“There are many who think like us, but currently we have:
No plans on how to change anything
as long as that is the case, they can do anything they want with impunity. (and imho, the complete absences of any true leadership from anyone supposedly on our side is the worst) If 10% of a country has those while the 90% don’t, then that 10% will rule the country indefinitely”
The Trump legal team must set out to have this corrupt prosecutor disqualified from prosecuting this case then having the case dismissed due to rank prosecutorial misconduct. They must then seek to have him disbarred and, if at all possible, indicted for abuse of process and any other offense he has committed in the course of this inquisition and any others since he entered office. They should also seek the disbarment of EVERY MEMBER of the prosecutorial team that is a member of the bar and seek criminal indictments for any violations they have almost certainly committed along the way.
What a disgusting, irreputable lot.
and then the next one will
And all that would be fine in a rational State. Sadly NY is not a rational State and none of those in control over there are rational adults. They have the man, they have found the crime now all the need is the trial to confirm his already pre-determined guilt.
And the djia is up
Alt statement from The Orange Crush…
“Told-ya this was comin. Apparently telling you slowed them down. They waited til they could do it by surprise, scheduled to grab a weekend’s news cycles before anyone could respond. Sure looks like a press op.”
DeSantis’ comms director would be all over slamming this. Or KellyAnne Conway.
They came for Trump, now they’re coming for the rest of us:
Meme Maker Doug Mackey Found Guilty of Conspiracy Against Rights:
CALL FOR ACTION:
President Trump represents an existential threat to the global Authoritarian Machine that, until 2016, believed our country’s downfall was a fait accompli.
Any leader who doesn’t speak out against the clear injustice of his political persecution is complicit.
The first action we can all take is a full and complete polling of ALL Republican and conservative leaders requiring them to condemn, not just disapprove, the prosecution of President Trump. Any who in any manner waffles, such as making the statement “no one is above the law,” must be removed from office. I mean on all levels. First they should be asked to resign. If they refuse, then whatever is the shortest means to their renewal must be taken. There can be no delay. There can be no waffling. All candidates for the Republican nomination must drop out and declare heir unconditional support for Trump. The Rubicon has been crossed. There can be NO return. Standing firmly for Trump must be the litmus test for all Republicans and conservatives who hold or intend to hold any office whatsoever whether federal, state or local. This support should also be extended to any organization that you support, charitable, community, or religious. This MUST be the test for all. Those who support this prosecution ARE COMPLICIT and have NO place in our Republic.