Former Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. issued a warning on Sunday in reaction to former President Donald Trump’s outbursts as he confronts a historic indictment.
During an appearance on NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” Vance said Trump’s criticism of Alvin Bragg and the judge presiding over the case might make circumstances worse for the former president.
The former Manhattan DA Stated: “I’ve got to say that I was disturbed to hear the former president speak in the way he spoke about the District Attorney Bragg and even the trial court in the past week,”
“And I think, if I were his lawyer – and believe me, no one has called up to ask for my advice – I would be mindful of not committing some other criminal offense, like obstruction of governmental administration, which is interfering with, by threat or otherwise, the operation of government,” He continued.
“And I think that could take what perhaps we think is not the strongest case, when you add a count like that, put it in front of a jury – it can change the jury’s mind about the severity of the case that they’re looking at,” Vance added.
Despite the warning, The Former District Attorney said that he has no idea if Bragg’s case against Trump is “airtight or not.”
Watch the full interview here:
Trump is set to be arraigned in New York on Tuesday after a grand jury produced an indictment last week. That is a big step forward in the probe, which Vance handed over to Bragg when he left office at the end of 2021. Trump is the first former president to be charged with a crime.
Though the exact details of the indictment are unknown, Trump’s attorney Joe Tacopina told ABC News on Sunday that he was confident they “revolve around” the payment of hush money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election cycle in exchange for her silence about an alleged affair with Trump, which Trump denies.
Trump, who is months into his third presidential campaign, alleges he is the subject of a “witch hunt” and denies any wrongdoing. He has accused Bragg of “prosecutorial malpractice,” referred to him as a “beast,” and said that the district attorney is supported by liberal billionaire George Soros, a statement that Soros has attempted to retract.
When Trump’s indictment news broke, Governor Ron DeSantis also made a statement saying that the Manhattan DA was backed by Soros:
Furthermore, Trump has attacked the presiding judge, acting New York Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan, on Truth Social, claiming that the judge “hates” him and “strong armed” the Trump Organization’s former CFO Allen Weisselberg in a tax fraud case.
Tacopina stated on ABC News on Sunday that he does not feel the judge is prejudiced, while he admitted Trump is “entitled to his own judgment.” Yet, the lawyer agreed with Trump that his client is a “victim of political persecution.”
Trump’s re-election campaign announced on Sunday that the former president will give a public address on Tuesday night from his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida.
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