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By Mae Slater on
 April 17, 2024

Manhattan's DA Bragg Begins High-Stakes Trial Against Trump Over Felony Charges

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has taken the unprecedented step of indicting former President Donald Trump and now with that trial beginning will face his biggest challenge yet.

This case, revolving around 34 felony charges for falsifying business records linked to hush money payments, marks the first criminal trial against a former U.S. president. This trial could make or break Bragg's career as he has gone all in on indicting Trump for the Democrat Party.

Alvin Bragg expressed his preparedness in December 2021 during a CNN interview for the challenging legal battles ahead, particularly with Donald Trump.

The indictment on April 4, 2023, was a significant move by Bragg, but he likely bit off more than he could chew. His case has been described as flimsy by many attorneys and the only chance he stands of landing a conviction will be through a biased jury.

Historic Prosecution

The charges against Trump are specifically related to the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, orchestrated by Michael Cohen, to suppress her from disclosing her alleged affair with Trump.

This payment, according to prosecutors, was meticulously covered up to sway the 2016 presidential election results, with Trump being accused of playing a direct role in the concealment efforts.

Bragg has attempted to frame Trump's falsified business transactions as a felony offense when it really is just a misdemeanor. He argues that Trump attempted to cover up a greater crime with his transactions but that argument is expected to collapse in court.

This trial has amplified the already existing divide between Democrats and Republicans. Democrats praised Bragg for prosecuting Trump but Republicans, such as Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, lambasted Bragg for the overt political bias against the former president.

Trump himself has not shied away from criticizing Bragg, with his legal representative Alina Habba signaling potential unrest as a repercussion of the indictment.

Bragg's Legal Journey and Trump's Response

Bragg's legal strategy evolved over time, initially focusing on the Trump Organization's financial statements before zoning in on the hush money payments. This shift underscores the complexity of prosecuting a figure like Trump, who has been a formidable opponent both legally and publicly.

Throughout his campaign for district attorney, Bragg highlighted his previous confrontations with Trump, including lawsuits against the Trump administration and the Donald J. Trump Foundation. These experiences, coupled with his significant legal credentials, have prepared Bragg for this momentous trial. Despite the challenges and backlash, Bragg's commitment to legal principles and progressive policies has been a defining characteristic of his tenure.

The Consequences and Impact of the Trial

The repercussions of this trial extend beyond the courtroom, affecting political discourse and public perception. With Trump’s allies and critics closely watching, the outcome of the trial could have significant implications for both parties.

Bragg, shouldering the weight of this historic case, is aware of the scrutiny and expectations placed upon him. He knows that should he fail it will be the end of his career and Democrats will despise him for years to come.

In conclusion, as Manhattan's DA Alvin Bragg proceeds with the first criminal trial against a former U.S. president, the landscape of American politics and law is witnessing an unprecedented event. The indictment of Donald Trump on 34 felony charges for falsifying business records connected to hush money payments has ignited a polarized reaction, reflecting the deep divisions within the country. Bragg's background and policy changes, along with the significant security concerns and public response to this trial, highlight the complex dynamics at play. As the trial begins, all eyes will be on New York City, witnessing a legal battle that could redefine the boundaries of political accountability.

Written By:
Mae Slater

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