After having indicted former President Donald J. Trump for allegedly paying $130,000 in “hush money” (Trump says it was related to a Non-Disclosure Agreement) to the pornographic actress, Stormy Daniels, for her to remain silent about a sexual encounter the two had as Trump prepared to run for president in 2016, George Soros-affiliated Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is not done with Trump.
Now that the 75-year-old former Trump Organization chief financial officer (CFO), Allen Weisselberg has been out of Riker’s Island Prison for a month, Alvin Bragg is looking to make the old man’s life miserable.
Of course, Bragg is offering Weisselberg, the long-time money man for the Trump Organization (and a close personal confidant of former President Trump’s from when Mr. Trump led his real estate empire) a way out being thrown back into jail.
The Zombie Case Continues Against Donald Trump
If Weisselberg continues stonewalling, as he has indicated he plans to do, Bragg is going to lob a perjury charge against Weisselberg for a July 2020 interview he gave with New York Attorney General Leticia James in which he admitted to overvaluing Trump properties to various financial and insurance agencies.
Many observers of the Bragg investigation into Weisselberg are confounded by his potential decision to charge Weisselberg with perjury. After all, the former Trump Organization CFO admitted under oath to having inflated property values for Trump.
Yet, Bragg is hanging Weisselberg up on a technicality. The Manhattan DA is saying that Bragg lied to Attorney General James about the timeline of when he lied.
Regardless of the timing of events, Weisselberg has already admitted to lying.
What’s more, the 75-year-old has already served time in one of America’s nastiest prisons for having done so. The reason that Bragg is taking the route that he is with the septuagenarian is not because he’s concerned justice hasn’t been served.
In fact, many legal experts are befuddled by the fact that this “zombie case” was even able to move forward, let alone generate an indictment.
To pad his chances of getting Trump, Bragg has layered on 34 criminal counts against the former president. This has nothing to do with justice. It has everything to do with a politically motivated prosecutor getting a slice of Trump’s infamous scalp, as the forty-fifth president mounts what is increasingly becoming a reelection campaign that threatens President Joe Biden’s shaky grip on power.
What Bragg Wants
Bragg likely cares little for whether Weisselberg exaggerated property values while working for Donald Trump. Not really. Bragg hopes to leverage Weisselberg’s understandable reluctance to risk returning to Rikers Island Prison to get Weisselberg to become a cooperating witness for Bragg’s prosecution.
If Bragg can secure Weisselberg’s cooperation in his ongoing investigation into Trump, it just might lead to a stronger case being crafted that will eventuate in a guilty verdict, a win for Bragg’s otherwise weak case against the former president.
What the Democrats don’t realize (or maybe they do) is that these moves only make them look more desperate. It happens to be a mockery of America’s justice system as well.
More importantly, the polling data indicates that most Republican voters are becoming more likely to vote for Donald Trump as their nominee in 2024 because they (rightly, in the case of Bragg’s grand jury investigation into Trump).
Yet, once Trump is the nominee in 2024, he is expected to perform poorly among independent voters, certain minorities, and women. This bodes well for Biden, who is facing terrible approval numbers himself.
Plus, all Trump’s legal woes, while they have the inverse effect on Republican voters—galvanizing rather than depressing them—those independent voters are increasingly made weary of Trump’s reelection bid.
No matter how low Biden’s favorability rating may be, when next to a criminally indicted former president, Biden looks great in the eyes of many independent voters.
A Weaponized Justice System for the Democratic Party’s Gain
Weisselberg is just collateral damage in Bragg’s quest to secure an historic conviction that will likely have national implications. The sooner the Manhattan DA can achieve this, the better off his own career and reputation it will be.
Bragg’s bid to become the Manhattan DA was supported by George Soros for a reason. It was to gut Trump with an insanely weak legal case that will be used to dog the former president, distract his campaign (and the voters), and drive Trump nuts.
Bragg is now going after Trump where it hurts: his money. He’ll probably eventually get Weisselberg to flip and spill whatever beans Bragg needs to sweeten the accusations he’s made against Trump.
After decades of working for the freewheeling Trump in the cutthroat high-end Manhattan real estate world, it is more than likely that Bragg will find some degree of wrongdoing that he can justify tacking on more charges to Trump.
To say that well-funded, vicious Left-wing partisans have weaponized the justice system is an understatement. Democrats had better hope the GOP doesn’t do the same to their leaders. Because Joe Biden is dirtier than mud in a rainstorm.
Eventually, the politics of revenge will become too much for the other side to resist—ensuring that our hallowed democratic institutions are never restored to their previous glory, making America a much less safe place for our children.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (May 16), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.