Recent developments in the case brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg against former President Donald Trump. Trump was charged by the federal government last month for handling secret papers at his Florida residence Mar-a-Lago.
As a result, Bragg’s case against Trump has probably been put on hold since the federal case is more important, the NYPost reported.
However, as the 2024 presidential election approaches, renowned attorney and Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz is criticizing the seemingly never-ending investigations into Trump.
“What I worry about is if it becomes Turkey, or it becomes Iran, or it becomes a country where a suspicion is equivalent to conviction of guilt on one side of the political spectrum, rather than the other. But the key is, you have to have one system and one standard of law enforcement,” Dershowitz said.
“If there is a certain level of evidence of serious crime against anybody on either side — whether it’s the sitting president, the son of the sitting president, the former president, the same rule has to be applicable to all of them,” he continued. “The Justice Department cannot be allowed to use its enormous power of the criminal justice system to influence political elections.”
“He’s not acting like most criminal defendants,” Dershowitz said of Trump’s vehement response to rumors of his indictment. “Most of them stay quiet. And that’s why he’s gotten in trouble, but he’s exercising his constitutional rights, not only under the First Amendment, but under the Fourth Amendment, the Fifth Amendment, and the Sixth Amendment.”
“He didn’t just simply roll over when prosecutors said, ‘We think you’re in trouble over possession of classified material.’ He fought back. And you’re allowed to do that,” Dershowitz noted, who also referenced Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s campaign promise to investigate Trump.
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Dershowitz has raised concerns about Bragg’s office trying to “keep secret” some elements of his case against Trump.
Dershowitz stated in May that he thought Bragg’s case against Trump might result in his bar suspension.
While Dershowitz does not share Trump’s political views, he did tell DW’s Tim Sebastian that the indictment Bragg filed against the former Trump is “absurd and politically motivated.”
Given that judges and prosecutors in New York are chosen by election, Dershowitz contended that Trump will not receive a “fair trial in Manhattan” and that they all probably have political leanings to the Left.
Dershowitz continued by saying that if Bragg calls former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen as a witness in the trial, which is set to start in December, things might become challenging for him.
“I don’t think an indictment can actually come forward now after the comments made by [Robert] Costello,” the attorney said.
He said that “he has proved that the main witness is going to be a perjuring liar on the witness stand, and that puts the district attorney in a terrible position.”
“If he uses Cohen as a witness, he could actually lose his bar license. It’s unethical to put a witness on the stand who you know is lying, and he has to know that Cohen will be lying. Or he tries the case without Cohen, which would be very difficult, or he does the right thing: he drops the case,” Dershowitz said.
In a previous interview, Dershowitz suggested that if Bragg is found guilty of disclosing information about Trump’s indictment to the media, he might spend up to five years in prison.
Grand jury testimony leaks are a Class E felony in New York, punishable by a one- to five-year prison term.
Dershowitz also stated in an opinion piece that he believes the person responsible for the sole felony in this case is the one who leaked the sealed indictment.
“It is likely that a serious felony has been committed right under District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s nose and he is not investigating it. Under New York law, it is a felony to leak confidential grand jury information, such as whether the jurors voted to indict. The protection of secrecy is as applicable to President Trump as it is to anyone else,” Dershowitz said.