The Wall Street Journal editorial board slammed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for his reported decision to indict former President Donald Trump this week.
Trump, who asserted in a Truth Social post over the weekend that he will be arrested Tuesday, would be the first former president in the history of the United States to be arrested.
“Alvin Bragg may actually do it. The Manhattan district attorney is by all media accounts preparing to indict Donald Trump for failing to account properly for hush money paid to his alleged mistress, unleashing who knows what political furies,” the editors wrote Monday.
In a scathing rebuke, the WSJ wrote:
It’s impossible to overstate Mr. Bragg’s bad judgment here. Perhaps the local Democratic DA has discovered some new proof of criminal behavior. But based on the public evidence so far, he would be resurrecting a seven-year-old case that even federal prosecutors refused to bring to court.
As we wrote last week, the charge would appear to be falsifying business records to pay the mistress, Stormy Daniels. That is typically a misdemeanor in New York state, though Mr. Bragg might bump it up to a felony by claiming the falsification was to cover up an illegal campaign-finance donation to Mr. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
A key prosecution witness would be Michael Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former lawyer who is an admitted felon. Mr. Trump might claim in his defense that his payments were made to shield the affair from his wife. He has publicly denied an affair with Ms. Daniels. Proving intent to break the law will not be easy.
So Mr. Bragg may indict a former President for the first time in American history based on the weakest of charges. He would subject the country to a trial that would be a media circus for the ages. And he would do so running the risk that a single juror could block a guilty verdict and validate Mr. Trump’s claim that this is a political prosecution.
From @WSJopinion: Democrats want to run against Donald Trump in 2024, and a criminal trial keeps him in the spotlight https://t.co/XAT5FL83cN
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) March 20, 2023
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