Alan Dershowitz broke his silence on the bombshell news that former President Donald Trump said he will be arrested Tuesday by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg is reportedly bringing criminal charges against Trump stemming from a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels.
Alan said: “There are two systems of justice in the United States and our justice system is in deep trouble. We’ve created a special system of justice for Donald Trump. This is selective, targeted prosecution. The indictment itself if, it comes forward would be an act of hypercreativity.
“They have targeted Trump. The attorney general of New York ran on the campaign, Get Trump. Bragg essentially did the same thing. They rummaged for years to try to find something. They gave immunity to witnesses. They couldn’t find a real statute, so they put statutes together.”
“I don’t think they’ll be a motion to dismiss that succeeds. This is New York justice. In New York, of course you can indict a ham sandwich.
“But in New York, you can also convict a ham sandwich because the jury pool will be very much against Trump and the judges will be very much against Trump.
“So, if I were him, I would be worried today.
“He’ll probably ultimately win on appeal, but do judges today have the courage – if they run for election as prosecutors run for election – to do something favorable to Trump in a city which overwhelmingly despises Trump? That’s what’s wrong with this justice system.
“Does anyone actually believe that if someone else were accused of paying hush money to avoid a sex scandal in the manner that Mr. Trump is suspected of doing, he would be prosecuted?
“After spending months searching the criminal code for a law that Mr. Trump might be accused of violating, Mr. Bragg has apparently landed on a highly questionable campaign contribution provision that has never before been used in a comparable situation.
“As Jackson also presciently observed: “With the law books filled with a great assortment of crimes, a prosecutor stands a fair chance of finding at least a technical violation of some act on the part of almost anyone.”
“He added: “In such a case, it is not a question of discovering the commission of a crime and then looking for the man who has committed it, it is a question of picking the man and then searching the law books, or putting investigators to work, to pin some offense on him.”
“Not to compare Mr. Bragg’s NYC to Stalin’s Soviet Union, a sordid episode from the past does come to mind: the notorious head of the KGB, Lavrentiy Beria, once said to Stalin: “show me the man, and I will find you the crime.”
“Closer to home, J. Edgar Hoover would often target his political enemies for investigation. Or as a South American dictator once threatened: “for my friends everything; for my enemies the law.“
“All decent people, whether politically opposed to Mr. Trump (as I am) or supportive of his candidacy, should be concerned about this weaponizing of the prosecutor’s office for the political purpose of preventing a potential candidate from running for office.
“Today this insidious tactic is being used by a Democratic prosecutor against a Republican candidate.
“In 2016, efforts were made to use it against the Democratic candidate.
“No one knows who tomorrow’s target will be, since the precedent will ”lie around like a loaded weapon,” to be misused by any ambitious prosecutor in a partisan manner,” Alan said.
“Equal protection of the law requires equal application and non-application of criminal statutes.
“Mr. Bragg would be violating that important principle if he seeks a grand jury indictment based on what now appears to be the slim evidence and even slimmer legal basis.”
“This is selective, targeted prosecution. The indictment itself if it comes forward would be an act of hypercreativity.”
Alan Dershowitz analyzes a potential indictment of former President Donald Trump. @AlanDersh @Tom_Basile
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