Some of the former president’s detractors are denouncing the indictment as partisan politics as he gets ready to be charged by Manhattan’s Democrat District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
The former chief deputy U.S. attorney for the New York Southern District, Andrew McCarthy, who has never been a supporter of Trump, criticized Bragg’s case against the former leader over the weekend as “nonsense” and a “blatantly politicized exercise of raw authority.”
“This is the definition of malicious, selective prosecution. It is solely being launched for political reasons,” he stated in a National Review Online post.
He claimed “that it was difficult to come up with a move that would enrage Trump’s supporters and other Republicans more, who, regardless of how they felt about Trump, would find this tactic repulsive.”
Over the weekend, Trump posted on social media that he thought Bragg would arrest him this week.
Alan Dershowitz, who is not a supporter of Trump but has criticized political probes and impeachments of the prior president, recently wrote in the New York Sun.
“All good people, whether politically supporting or opposing Mr. Trump (as I am), should be disturbed about this weaponization of the prosecutor’s office for the political motive of blocking a potential candidate from running for office.”
The probable indictment is being criticized as political persecution by some of the president’s possible 2024 opponents.
Mike Pence, who served as Trump’s vice president but has been estranged from the former president since Jan. 6, 2021, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview, “This really reeks of the kind of political persecution that we faced back in the days of the Russia hoax as well as the entire impeachment over a phone conversation.”
Also, he criticized what appeared to be a two-tiered system of justice, claiming that there appeared to be “one standard for Republicans — particularly anyone ever involved with the Trump-Pence admin. — and others.”
On CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, probable 2024 candidate Governor Chris Sununu (R-NH) said that earlier that morning, while having coffee with other people, “none of them were major Trump supporters,” but “all said, you know, they feel like he is being attacked.”
One of the declared contenders for 2024 and an entrepreneur, Vivek Ramaswamy, also condemned the forthcoming indictment.
“A Trump indictment would be catastrophic for the country.” Ramaswamy stated in a tweet “that it is un-American for the ruling party to employ police force to detain political opponents.
As the leading challenger to Trump in 2024, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis finally spoke out on Monday, denouncing Bragg as another “Soros-funded” prosecutor who “weaponizes his authority to push a political goal onto society at the cost of the rule of law as well as public safety.”
A few of Trump’s detractors contended that an indictment would be beneficial for him.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and Twitter, who supported Biden in the 2020 election and has criticized Trump, stated that he thought an indictment would actually result in his reelection.
If the former president is charged, “Trump will be re-elected in a landslide,” he tweeted.
Bragg is anticipated to contend that a payment was truly a campaign expense and that Trump’s team broke the law by failing to classify it as such. But, both the Federal Election Commission and federal prosecutors have declined to sanction Trump over the matter.