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DA Bragg Ripped For Attempts to Keep Aspects of Case Against Trump Secret

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Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has been widely criticized for bringing his case against former President Donald Trump, the most common being that his case lacks any real merits.

But he has also employed highly questionable legal tactics, including attempts to hide aspects of the case against Trump.

“District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s rebuff of President Trump’s request for a bill of particulars — a record that would provide a high-resolution snapshot of the case against him — telegraphs that the Manhattan prosecutor is mostly keeping his cards close to the vest in what could be the trial of the century,” the New York Sun reported recently.

“The disclosure of the full nature of the charges against Mr. Trump is a flashpoint because of how Mr. Bragg has built his criminal case, which stems from hush money payments to an adult film star, Stormy Daniels. Convicting Mr. Trump would require linking the falsification of business records, a misdemeanor on its own, to a second crime,” the outlet added.

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One of the most outspoken legal experts who has been critical of the case is a man who admittedly did not vote for Trump the two times he ran: Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz.

In an interview with the New York Sun, Dershowitz asked: “How do you put on a defense if you don’t know the crime?”

Remarking that he’s “never seen a weaker indictment” than the one Bragg handed down to Trump, he explained it’s because, in the past, there hasn’t “been a case in American history where anybody has been indicted for failing to disclose hush money about an alleged illicit affair.”

He noted further that Trump has an “absolute constitutional right” to know the nature of the charges against him.

Dershowitz also argued in a previous interview that Bragg could also face up to five years in prison if he is found guilty of leaking details of Trump’s indictment to the media.

Leaking grand jury testimony to the public is a Class E felony in New York and carries a prison sentence between one and five years.

Dershowitz also noted in a column that whoever leaked the sealed indictment, that person was guilty of the only felony, in his opinion, in this case.

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“It is likely that a serious felony has been committed right under District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s nose and he is not investigating it. Under New York law, it is a felony to leak confidential grand jury information, such as whether the jurors voted to indict. The protection of secrecy is as applicable to President Trump as it is to anyone else,” Dershowitz werote.

Bragg is also facing a pair of lawsuits related to his filing of charges against Trump, accusing him of illegalities involving a hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election facilitated by his then-personal attorney Michael Cohen.

Trump is charged with 34 counts that include allegations of falsifying business records to hide the payment.

Fox News notes: “The Heritage Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based conservative think tank, has sued Bragg under suspicions that he and his office coordinated or communicated with the Justice Department, the White House, and Rep. Daniel Goldman, D-N.Y., about the prosecution. In its lawsuit, Heritage claims that such actions eventually led to investigations by several U.S. House committees into Bragg’s conduct.”

“Regrettably, these questions have not been met with answers. These reports have raised concerns in many circles based in large part upon the longstanding history of President Trump’s political opponents coordinating their activities to systematically weaponize the criminal justice system against him and thereby pervert the course of Justice,” says a filing for the first lawsuit.

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