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 June 18, 2024

Jean-Pierre Confirms Bragg Prosecution Was Done On DOJ Timeline, White House Later Denies

In a recent press briefing, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre misspoke about the Justice Department's involvement in the case against former President Donald Trump, later issuing a clarification.

The New York Post reported that during a press briefing on Monday, Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House Press Secretary, suggested that the timeline of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s prosecution of Donald Trump was guided by the Justice Department.

Following her comments, Jean-Pierre corrected her earlier statement to The Post, clarifying that she had intended to reference DA Bragg, not the Justice Department, concerning the prosecution's timeline.

Trump Convicted on Felony Charges

Donald Trump, aged 78, faced a series of felony charges resulting in his conviction.

On May 30, he was found guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records. These charges were linked to a $130,000 payment made to Stormy Daniels, which was intended to prevent her from discussing their alleged 2006 affair.

The case has been labeled by Trump as "rigged" and politically motivated, aimed at influencing his potential reelection campaign against President Biden on November 5.

Trump emphasized the involvement of Michael Colangelo, who previously worked with the Biden Justice Department, in his prosecution by Bragg’s office. Additionally, he pointed out that the trial judge, Juan Merchan, has a daughter who has been active in Democratic politics.

With Trump's sentencing scheduled for July 11, shortly before the Republican National Convention, the case continues to garner significant attention. This conviction is part of several ongoing legal challenges faced by the former president.

Aside from the case involving payments to Stormy Daniels, Trump is also entangled in three additional criminal proceedings. These include charges related to mishandling classified documents, his challenges to the 2020 election results, and state charges in Georgia concerning the 2020 election.

The involvement of the Justice Department in deciding to prosecute Trump has been officially denied by the department itself, which has distanced itself from Bragg's actions.

Public and Political Reactions

Responses to Jean-Pierre's misstatement and the subsequent clarification have been swift and critical. Trump campaign spokeswoman Karoline Leavitt condemned the miscommunication, stating, "This wasn’t a misspeak as the White House claims, this was another example of KJP not knowing what the hell is going on, just like her boss, Crooked Joe."

Karine Jean-Pierre's exact words during the briefing were, “That’s a question for the Department of Justice on their timeline and how this moves. I can’t answer that for you here.” Her later clarification to The Post was straightforward: "I meant Bragg when I was answering that question."

As the date of Trump’s sentencing approaches, the political and legal landscapes continue to evolve. The case not only highlights ongoing tensions between political figures but also underscores the complexities involved in such high-profile legal battles.

The White House and the Justice Department have had to navigate the tricky waters of legal interpretations and public perceptions, emphasizing the independent operations of federal and state prosecutorial powers.


Jean-Pierre's misstatement and the intense scrutiny following Trump's conviction underscore the delicate balance of justice and political implications in the lead-up to another presidential election.

The resolution of this and the other pending cases against Trump will undoubtedly play a significant role in the national discourse over the coming months.

Written By:
Christina Davie

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