The liberal New York prosecutor who is rumored to be arresting former President Donald Trump has faced accusations in the past that he is soft on crime.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office could arrest Trump this week after a year-long investigation into alleged hush-hush payments by the ex-president to porn star Stormy Daniels during his 2020 campaign, Trump claims.
Bragg’s office has neither confirmed nor denied plans to arrest Trump, who has urged his supporters to protest ahead of the alleged charges.
“NOW, ILLEGAL LEAKS FROM A CORRUPT & HIGHLY POLITICAL MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY OFFICE, WHICH HAS PERMITTED TO SET NEW RECORDS IN VIOLENT CRIME AND Whose LEADER IS FINANCED BY GEORGE SOROS, SHOW THAT NO CRIME CAN BE PROVED AND IS BASED ON AN OLD ( BY NUMEROUS OTHER PROSECUTORS!) FAR AND FAR THE LEADING REPUBLIC CANDIDATE & FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL BE ARRESTED TUESDAY NEXT WEEK. PROTEST, TAKE BACK OUR NATION!” Trump wrote on Truth Social this weekend.
As Trump’s successful presidential bid ended in 2016, Trump’s then-attorney Michael Cohen sent Daniels $130,000 to prevent her from disclosing her 2006 affair with Trump. Trump repaid Cohen in installments.
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Bragg appointed a grand jury on the matter and indicated that he would soon decide whether or not to indict the former president.
But Bragg, who came into office as a reform-minded prosecutor, has been repeatedly accused of letting killers off the hook, including when the family of a slain New Yorker said he betrayed them by not prosecuting a nurse charged with deadly Her estranged husband was charged with stabbing.
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“We believe that you prematurely replaced your version of events with the investigative functions of the jury and failed to live up to your promises to the court or to my family to hold any degree of accountability,” said murdered James’ brother Murray, Steven Murray wrote to Bragg in December.
James Murray was fatally stabbed in 2020 by estranged wife Tracy McCarter, who said she killed her husband in self-defense and said he was an abusive alcoholic. McCarter was supported by domestic violence advocates, according to previous New York Post reporting, and during his tenure as prosecutor, Bragg received a donation from the Color of Change advocacy group, which campaigned for her release.
He tweeted in support of McCarter’s release ahead of his election and eventually secured his offer to drop the murder charges against the woman, which the murdered man’s family said was “100%” motivated by Color of Change’s donation.
Similar incidents have occurred since his inauguration, including ridicule for making a love contract with a career criminal who hit a woman at random; his slap in the face for a man who viciously assaulted a 55-year-old nurse; and the bodega owner who killed an aggressive ex-con who assaulted him for murder was imprisoned and ultimately released.
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In 2022, during Bragg’s first year as Manhattan’s chief attorney, he downgraded more than half of the felony cases to misdemeanor cases. He campaigned for criminal justice reform and, after taking office, sent a “Day One” memo to staff to downgrade certain crimes, such as armed robberies of commercial establishments. The move came at a time when crime in New York City was rising 27.6%, Fox News Digital previously reported.
Bragg declined to prosecute 35% more crime cases than 2019.
Trump went to Bragg on Sunday for his financial backing from billionaire liberal donor George Soros, who donated $1 million to the Color of Change political action committee, which funneled money to Bragg, the New York Post previously reported.
“Bragg is a (Soros) racist in reverse taking his orders from DC, I beat them TWICE, does it much better the second time, and despite their DISINFORMATION campaign they don’t want to go against “TRUMP” or mine BIG RECORD!” Trump wrote on Truth Social Sunday.
Tom Anderson, the director of the Government Integrity Project at the National Legal and Policy Center in Virginia, previously told the outlet that Soros’ donations were a “shock and awe” political maneuver.
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“George Soros has been quietly orchestrating the dark money political equivalent of ‘shock and awe,’ with local attorneys racing across the country breaking records, reversing races and essentially making a mockery of our entire campaign finance system,” Anderson told the New York Post Office.
Elected in 2021, Bragg became the first black American to head the powerful office. But since taking office, he’s also faced criticism from other New York City leaders, including NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, who said she was “very concerned” by his “Day One” memo.
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“I share my concerns with the Manhattan District Attorney and hope for frank and productive discussions to try to find more common ground,” Sewell wrote in a message to officials last year. “As Police Commissioner, your safety is my number one priority. That’s one of the reasons I’m seeking talks with the prosecutor to find a better balance between officer safety, public safety and reform.”
Trump spokesman Steven Cheung called the Trump investigation a “witch hunt” and accused Bragg of being in the bag President Joe Biden and “Radical Democrats”.
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“President Donald J. Trump is completely innocent, he has done nothing wrong, and even the biggest, most radical left-wing Democrats make that clear,” Cheung wrote in a statement.
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