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April 15, 2024
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Today, New York City DA Alvin Bragg’s trial of Donald Trump on 34 felony charges for allegedly falsifying business records to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels to go away gets rolling. The leftist news channels like MSNBC will be giving it breathless wall-to-wall coverage as the “first criminal trial of a former President,” but I think I speak for many if not most Americans when I say that, in the wake of Iran’s attack on Israel, the people pushing this ridiculous, transparent lawfare look even tinier and pettier than they did before, and that’s really saying something. One commentator put it well by saying that most Americans view it as a pathetic reality show.

I don’t want to glorify this farce by going into too much detail but suffice to say that it required Bragg to take a dubious claim of a state misdemeanor charge that was beyond the statute of limitations and creatively pump it up into 34 alleged felonies by treating it as a federal case, even though federal prosecutors who would do anything to get Trump looked at it and passed. To do so, Bragg had to claim that Trump’s actions were taken to try to cover up another crime, which he has not specified and claims he doesn’t have to specify under the law. It’s also based almost entirely on testimony of convicted serial perjurer Michael Cohen. Law professor Jonathan Turley says that Trump’s attorneys will have to “destroy Cohen’s credibility,” to which I’d reply, “Too late!”

Constitutional law expert John Shu told the Epoch Times, “If I were teaching this case, I would certainly use it as an example of an overzealous prosecutor improperly dividing a single misdemeanor into multiple charges, and then turning them into felonies by purporting to enforce federal campaign finance laws when the [Justice Department] already declined the case.”

A fair judge would have dismissed this tripe out of hand and fined Bragg for wasting the people’s time and money by bringing it into court. Of course, in New York City, this doesn’t mean that Trump won’t be convicted, though if so, it will almost certainly be thrown out on appeal. But it will serve its purpose of keeping him off the campaign trail and silenced by a gag order – i.e., banana republic-style election interference.

If you do want to keep up with it, Redstate.com will have continuous updates that are guaranteed 100% Rachel Maddow-free.

https://redstate.com/smoosieq/2024/04/15/live-trump-manhattan-trial-day-1-n2172776

Speaking of ludicrous Trump trials, House hearings into Fulton County, Georgia, DA Fani Willis’ use of federal grant money could get even more interesting, thanks to word that not only will the known whistleblower testify but some current members of her staff are ready to talk as well.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2024/04/14/fani-willis-whistleblower-trouble-n2172768

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