Donald Trump Reacts to Historic Accusations Over Election Interference

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On Tuesday, Donald Trump made history after becoming the first former president to face criminal charges ever. The New York district attorney Alvin Bragg brought the charges over a campaign finance cover-up and in response, President Trump spoke at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida to protest “election interference at a scale never seen before”.

The former president pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records and declared he was only “fearlessly defending our nation from those who seek to destroy it”. Despite this, many Republicans, including Mitt Romney and John Bolton, who have been vocal critics of the ex-president, descried the charges as politically motivated and weak while many Democrat’s responses have been rather nuanced. Chuck Schumer, the Senate Majority Leader, said he believed Trump would have a fair trial based on facts.

The charges concerning campaign finance referred did not reflect what District Attorney Bragg had initially hinted at but rather revolved around false business records. The only crime Donald Trump is being accused of was arranging a payment of $130,000 to Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress, before his White House term in order to bury a story about their alleged affair, as well as altering records of two payments totaling $180,000 to another woman and a former doorman at the Trump tower. After the news, the former president established a fundraising effort from which he had already raised an estimated $8mn within four days.

The company mentioned in this article is Mar-a-Lago, the estate owned by Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida. The members-only private social club was transformed into a resort at the beginning of the 21st century. The resort has caught the attention of many people not only due to its extravagant interiors and luxurious atmosphere, but also due to the frequent visits of the former president.

The person mentioned in this article is Alvin Bragg, the current New York District Attorney. Bragg was appointed as Acting District Attorney of New York County in 2021, becoming the first African-American to serve in the position. After being nominated by Mayor Bill de Blasio and unanimously approved by the New York City Council, Bragg led the charge in bringing historic criminal charges against former President Donald Trump. Before this, Bragg served as principal Deputy Attorney General of New York and chief of New York State’s Immigration & Affirmative Litigation division.