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 March 19, 2024

Legal analyst argues Trump cases prove him right about weaponized government agencies

A law professor at George Washington University on Monday criticized the "improvisational" handling of cases against former President Donald Trump, arguing that it has tarnished the reputation of the legal system and validated Trump's claims of being targeted by a "weaponized" justice system.

Trump's legal team encountered difficulty on Monday in posting a $454 million bond to cover a judgment in a civil fraud case issued by New York Judge Arthur Engoron in February.

The remarks

The law professor, Jonathan Turley, asserted that the cases brought by Democratic Attorney General Letitia James, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, special counsel Jack Smith, and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis supported Trump's allegations of being unfairly targeted.

"It's becoming increasingly difficult to deny that we have a legal system now that is being heavily distorted by politics," Turley said in an interview with Fox Business host Larry Kudlow, a former Trump administration official.

"You see a justice that is being weaponized, and in many ways, the Democrats fulfill the narrative of President Trump. He is now right. No matter what they thought about it at the beginning, they proved him to be right with this pile-on from Florida to Georgia, to Washington, D.C., to New York, and most of the public gets it," he added.

The indictments

Bragg secured an indictment against Trump in March 2023 related to a $130,000 payout to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016.

Smith also obtained indictments over Trump's handling of classified materials and efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Willis also secured an indictment of Trump on charges related to his efforts to contest the 2020 election results.

"The reason all of these cases are having problems is in part because they are improvisational," Turley explained. "What Bragg's doing has not been done in the past, what James did has not happened before, and that is creating a series of novel issues, and I think the public can see that as well."

Is a fair trial possible?

Turley questioned whether Trump would receive a fair trial before the election, noting that the onslaught of legal challenges may have rendered the outcome irrelevant to voters.

"I think they have so damaged the image of the legal system both in the federal and state process that many voters no longer trust these cases or these courts," Turley argued.

He expressed concern over the hefty bond requirement in New York, stating, "When you are forcing someone to come up with half a billion dollars just to get an appeal? Someone has to say enough. This is not what New York is supposed to be."

The ongoing legal battles continues as Trump climbed in national polls in his comeback bid for the White House that could change the legal situation with a win in November.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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