Following the indictment of his former boss by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg last week, John Ratcliffe laid out what he believes is the real crime.
Radcliffe, who was a former federal prosecutor and Republican congressman from Texas who served as director of national intelligence during the Trump administration, offered his take on the recent indictment, as The Conservative Brief reported.
Ratcliffe replied to claims that former President Donald Trump might face up to 30 charges of obstruction of justice in an interview with Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, claiming that whoever released such data to the public is guilty of a crime.
“The only felony of which we can be certain to come out of this Alvin Bragg prosecution in New York is the felony committed either by DA Bragg himself or someone on the grand jury that he’s using for this perversion of our justice system,” Ratcliffe told the “Sunday Morning Futures” anchor.
“The accused, Donald Trump, and his lawyers, don’t know what’s in this sealed indictment. But for the past, what? Seventy-two hours, the American public has been discussing supposedly 30 or 34 felony counts,” he added.
“Leaking grand jury information is a felony. And so the only people capable of that would be Alvin Bragg’s team or members of the grand jury itself.”
CNN and NBC News have cited “two sources familiar” with the situation, Trump is facing about 30 accusations after becoming the first former president to face criminal charges.
While the specific terms of the indictment are unknown, Trump's attorney Joe Tacopina told ABC News on Sunday that he is convinced the allegations are related to the documentation of hush money payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election, according to the Daily Wire.
Ratcliffe isn't the only legal expert who feels someone in Bragg's office — or the DA himself — may face legal consequences for disclosing grand jury material.
In an interview and an op-ed published over the weekend, Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz stated that whoever leaked the sealed indictment is the person guilty of the lone criminal in the Manhattan DA's case.
“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,” the attorney said in an op-ed for The New York Sun.
“We know that the information was disclosed while the indictment itself remains sealed and before any official announcement was made or charges brought. It is unlikely that the leak came from the Trump team, which seemed genuinely surprised,” he added.
“The most likely, though uncertain, scenario is that a person in Mr. Bragg’s office or a grand juror unlawfully leaked the sealed information. That would be a class E felony, subject to imprisonment,” he wrote.
“It is possible of course that an investigation is underway, but it seems more likely that Mr. Bragg is too busy making up a crime against the man he promised in his campaign to get than investigating a real crime that took place on his watch,” Dershowitz noted further.