Trump Bashes Bragg for ‘Illegally’ Leaking Points of Indictment to Media: ‘Should Resign Now’
Former President Donald Trump demanded the resignation of Alvin Bragg, Manhattan District Attorney, for allegedly “illegally”, leaking the points indictment to media.
Yahoo News’ exclusive report on Monday stated that the former President “has been charged for 34 felony charges for falsification business records,” according to a source who was briefed about the procedure for his arraignment.
In New York, the charge of falsifying business records is usually prosecuted as a misdemeanor. Bragg’s office reclassified all charges to Class E felonies, the lowest level of New York State criminal code felonies. According to the source, this was because the conduct was meant to cover up another underlying crime.
A conviction for Class E felony falsifying business records could lead to a four-year sentence under the New York State Penal Code. This seems unlikely in practice. A New York law enforcement official stated that no one is sentenced for being a first-offender.
It is not yet clear what evidence was used to support Trump’s misdemeanors becoming felonies. This will be revealed when the indictment is released on Tuesday. It is believed that it has to do with the $130,000 payment in hush money to Stormy Daniels, porn star Stormy Dans, during the final weeks of 2016 to cover up an extramarital affair with Trump.
The former president wrote on Truth Social that Bragg had “illegally” released the indictment shortly after it was published. He should therefore resign.
“Wow! “Wow! The former president wrote that he knew the reporter and he also knows him. This means that he must be INDICTED IMMEDIATELY. If he really wants to clean up his image, he will do what the law requires and indict himself as District Attorney. He will be a part of Judicial History, and his Trump Hating wife, I’m sure, will be proud of him.”
“D.A. “D.A. There are no surprises or changes to the 33 points he leaked from the Grand Jury days ago. Trump has not committed any crime. What a MESS. Bragg should quit, NOW,” he stated in a post following.
Breitbart News reported Monday that the ex-president’s court appearance would be a spectacle, complete with a perp walk (without handcuffs), and a mugshot.
According to Rolling Stone, Trump was offered the chance to surrender quietly and be arraigned over Zoom. However, the former president wanted a’midday high-profile’ hearing at the Manhattan Courthouse, said the report.
It said that the law enforcement official had acknowledged that this would be a nightmare for the Secret Service as they could only suggest to the former president what he should do at his arraignment, and not orally order him around.”