CNN political columnist Van Jones said on Monday he would not be surprised if Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg refrained from indicting former President Trump, arguing that the prosecutor should wait until more serious charges are brought against the former president.
“I think the heat is on this district attorney, I think he will make a very sober decision, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t step back from the abyss,” Jones said on CNN on Monday night.
The fever came after Trump announced over the weekend that he would be arrested amid an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney into paying hush money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election.
Trump and his allies publicly attacked Bragg, a Democrat, for a possible indictment, saying it would be politically motivated.
House Republicans turned their attention to Bragg after word of a possible indictment of Trump, and Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) vowed to look into whether any federal funds were being used in the investigation. Three Republican chairmen in the House pressed Bragg to testify.
“Your actions will undermine confidence in the impartial administration of justice and will inevitably thwart the 2024 presidential election,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Kentucky). and House Administration Committee Chairman Brian Steil (R-Wisconsin) wrote a letter to Bragg on Monday.
But Trump also faces a host of other federal and state investigations that Jones argues are more likely to change the legacy of the former president.
Trump is also under investigation in Georgia for his efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results, and a special grand jury has recommended charges of perjury against several individuals involved in the investigation, according to a partial and redacted special grand jury report released last month. . He will also face a Justice Department investigation for his actions on January 6 and his handling of classified documents.
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“Such an accusation – bribing a porn star seven years ago, somehow related to the election, but not quite – seems wrong,” Jones said. “History is not going to judge Donald Trump by Stormy Daniels. They will judge him on the basis of the election results, they will judge him on the basis of an attempted coup.”
Jones concluded by saying that if he had been Bragg, he would have waited for potential charges to be brought in the Georgia investigation before prosecuting Trump in his investigation.
“I would wait for Georgia to go first,” Jones said. “(In) Georgia, the president is calling trying to change the election results. It seems to me that we should start with this, and not with this.
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