Former President Donald Trump was charged with 34 felony counts by an investigator for the New York District Attorney after a lengthy investigation into his alleged attempts to influence the 2016 US election. Trump pleaded not guilty to the charges, accusing the investigator of bringing this case against him before having any knowledge of him.
On Tuesday, Trump addressed his supporters at Mar-a-Lago, his Florida retreat, where he lambasted the New York prosecutor Alvin Bragg and Judge Juan Merchan who he called a “Trump-hating judge”.
Trump’s comments came only hours after his arraignment, where he also discussed legal predicaments being pursued by a special counsel against him regarding the handling of classified documents. Trump also expressed his shock that something like this could happen in America.
Trump is gearing up for a potential run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, and many are pointing to the various legal cases against him as an indication of his willingness to use any tactics available to him to prevent his opponents from winning their seats. But Trump insists he is merely defending his nation from those who would seek to destroy it.
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Alvin Bragg is an Assistant District Attorney for the New York County District Attorney’s office. He is based in New York and went to school in Washington, D.C., before going on to work in private practice and then as a prosecutor. Bragg has worked in New York County since 2015, where he has successfully taken on a number of high-profile cases, and he is also responsible for leading the criminal case against Trump.