Manhattan DA Alvin Brag has relentlessly pursued age-old allegations from 2016 regarding alleged incidents in 2006 against former President Donald Trump and has entered unprecedented territory with last week’s indictment of the former president.
Bragg must be aware that Republicans will not tolerate any attempt to tarnish Trump, and that allowing these procedures to progress would likely backfire on the DA. The media is having a field day with the indictment’s 34 accusations, which appear repeated and are not legally explained.
As Congress enters the conflict, Bragg is set to begin his own struggle with prominent Republicans.
Daily Mail claims that prominent Republican legislator Kevin McCarthy has reiterated his threat that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg will face a congressional probe for his case against Donald Trump.
The Speaker of the House blasted out at the prosecutor for pursuing “politicized charges” against the former president for allegedly paying hush money to two women, including former pornstar Stormy Daniels. McCarthy, a nine-term representative of California’s 22nd congressional district, accused the 49-year-old of attempting to thwart the real estate mogul’s effort to return to the White House.
“Alvin Bragg is attempting to interfere in our democratic process by invoking federal law to bring politicized charges against President Trump,” he wrote on Twitter. “(His) weaponization of the federal justice process will be held accountable by Congress,” the GOP leader added.
The Daily Mail said that McCarthy’s spokesperson did not immediately respond to inquiries about when such a probe would be launched and what it planned to accomplish. McCarthy, 58, made his statements after Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 charges related to the $310,000 in payments.
Trump himself posted today, “REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS SHOULD DEFUND THE DOJ AND FBI UNTIL THEY COME TO THEIR SENSES. THE DEMOCRATS HAVE TOTALLY WEAPONIZED LAW ENFORCEMENT IN OUR COUNTRY AND ARE VICIOUSLY USING THIS ABUSE OF POWER TO INTERFERE WITH OUR ALREADY UNDER SEIGE ELECTIONS!”
The Daily Mail reported Bragg’s position on the charges:
A court filing said hush money was given to porn star Stormy Daniels, Playboy model Karen McDougal, and a former Trump Tower doorman who claimed to have information that Trump had a child out of wedlock. But Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg argues the one-time reality TV star stumped up the cash to conceal information that could have stopped his 2016 White House run.
The registered Democrat told reporters: ‘What this case is about: 34 false statements made to cover up other crimes. These are felony crimes in New York state, no matter who you are. We cannot and will not normalize serious criminal conduct.’
The court filing said Trump and others involved in the scheme “violated election laws and made and caused false entries in the business records of various entities in New York.” The document adds that Trump and his allies “also took steps that mischaracterized, for tax purposes, the true nature of the payments.”
But Media analysts are weighing in on the matter. “This is repulsive,” Fox News host Sean Hannity said Thursday night. “It’s a disgusting political hit job the likes of which we have never seen in this country.”
The Washington Post noted that top-rated anchor Tucker Carlson, who is not personally a fan of the former president, examined the indictment on live, observing that 34 of the allegations appeared to be the same complaint. In addition, he pointed out that the method in which the purported “false” remarks allegedly would have altered the outcome of the 2016 election is not specified.
“This effort is one in a long line of unprecedented steps that permanent Washington has taken to stop Donald Trump from holding office in a democracy, Carlson said Thursday. “It’s an effort to take him our of the political race. That’s not allowed.”
Carlson continued, “It almost feels they’re pushing the population to react,” he said referring vaguely to Democrats, and adding, “At what point do we conclude they’re doing this in order to produce a reaction?”
Carlson’s guest, former ESPN personality Jason Whitlock, struck a similar tone as he commented, “They are agitating for unrest. I’m ready for whatever’s next…if that’s what they want, let’s get to it.”
“This day will go down as a dark day for America,” Fox News host Jesse Watters told viewers. “This is a calculated move. Do you think Donald Trump would be indicted if he wasn’t running?”
Trump supporter Dan Bongino stated that the indictment demonstrates the United States is become a “police state,” but he projected that it will ultimately award Trump the Republican nominee for president in 2024.
“This ushers in what will probably be a very dark era of political persecution and prosecution, the type we normally associated with the Soviet Union or banana republics,” said Mollie Hemingway, editor in chief of the Federalist, during a panel spot on Fox’s evening newscast.