Any honest broker who looks at the case Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Braggs is trying to bring against former President Donald Trump comes away with an uneasy feeling, understanding that it’s a weak play that comes across as being politically motivated. It certainly doesn’t help matters that the Democratic prosecutor campaigned on indicting Trump.
Count CNN political commentator Van Jones among those who feel the pursuit of an old, trumped-up allegation involving a payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels is highly questionable. In fact, the left-leaning analyst is calling for Bragg to stand down.
Jones was asked to comment on criticism that because of the historic nature of such action, the first charges against a former president, coming from a local prosecutor, could be overshadowed by the politics at play.
“Well, if anybody is a Republican, and they have been afraid that there is some conspiracy, some well-organized conspiracy among progressives, they can relax now because you would not start with this charge,” Jones said, with a laugh.
“You would start with the charge in Georgia, where he was interfering with elections. You would start with the charge that he was helping the insurrectionists in a coup. You wouldn’t start with an eight-year-old porn star payoff,” he continued. “So just again, this is proof if nothing else, that the progressives are not very well-organized. This is not the one you would start with.”
At the same time, Jones predicted that Bragg would make a “sober” decision in the end and “step back from the brink.”
“That said, I hear my conservative friends saying he is being overcharged, it is so aggressive. It’s so terrible. Welcome to my world, folks. Prosecutors overcharging, being over aggressive, being ridiculous with minor stuff and turning it into major stuff happens every single day in America, every Courthouse in America,” he observed.
“I think you want to be consistent now. If you’re concerned that this particular person named Donald Trump is being overcharged and mistreated by a prosecutor, join the rest of us who are trying to stop that from happening to ordinary people,” Jones added. “But my view about this is, I think that the heat is on this DA. I think he’s going to make a very sober decision and wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t step back from the brink.”
In Jones’ opinion, Trump should face charges for his actions on January 6th or in regard to challenging the outcome of the 2020 election.
“It doesn’t seem like the right way to go,” Jones said of the payoff to Daniels. “History is not going to judge Donald Trump based on Stormy Daniels. It’s going to judge him based on the election, it’s going to judge him based on the coup attempt, the insurrection. I think if I were Alvin, I would wait for Georgia to go first. You have the president calling in, trying to change the election. That seems to me the thing to start with, not this.”
Of course, Trump was expressing concern about whether all the votes had been counted on that phone call, but that’s a different story for a different time.
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