Trump Continues To Spread Lies In Post-Arraignment Speech
The indictment may be flawed, but Trump cannot be defended.
There are issues with the accusation of former US President Donald Trump for fabricating corporate documents, which Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced on Tuesday.
Depending on which of these justifications you use, you could claim that Trump should be exonerated or that the indictment was a mistake.
Trump made it clear that he won’t accept limited or technical objections in a post-arrest speech at Mar-a-Lago.
But in a post-arraignment speech at Mar-a-Lago, Trump made it clear that he won’t settle for partial or technical objections.
He demands not just a rejection of the indictment, but acceptance of numerous lies about this investigation and several others.
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Here are some of the fiction Trump peddled in his speech while everyone agrees there’s no crime involved.
“Virtually everybody that has looked at this case, including RINOs and even hardcore Democrats, says there is no crime,” Trump told his audience. Prudent critics of the indictment argue that it tries, unconvincingly, to inflate the misdemeanors into felonies.
Bragg “campaigned on the fact that he would get President Trump,” said Trump. He asserted that Bragg did so “before he knew anything about me. She “vowed to use every area of the law to, quote, ‘investigate President Trump and his business transactions,’” said Trump. He claimed that James said this “before knowing anything at all about me.”
That was four months before James made the statement Trump quoted, and it was ten months before Bragg announced his candidacy for D. The indictment is part of a Democratic conspiracy to steal elections. Trump told his Mar-a-Lago audience that the indictment was just another plot to sabotage him politically, alongside “the millions of votes illegally stuffed into ballot boxes and all caught on government cameras” in 2020.
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Trump is innocent of everything, including a corrupt phone call to Georgia. In his speech, the former president complained that a district attorney in Atlanta was “doing everything in her power to indict me over an absolutely perfect phone call” on January 2, 2021.
In that phone call, Trump had pressed Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, to “find” enough votes to decertify Joe Biden’s victory in that state and transfer Georgia’s electoral votes to Trump. Trump told his audience on Tuesday that during the call, there were “many people on the phone, including lots of lawyers.”
Nobody found anything wrong with that perfect call until a book promotion tour many months later. Trump fully cooperated in returning classified documents from Mar-a-Lago. In his speech, Trump asserted his innocence in the investigation of documents he had failed to return to the government after taking them to his Florida estate.
On Sunday, the Washington Post reported that investigators had found “new and significant evidence” that after Trump received a subpoena to hand over all remaining files, he “looked through the contents of some of the boxes of documents in his home, apparently out of a desire to keep certain things in his possession.”
The Post reported that based on “witness statements, security camera footage, and other documentary evidence,” “boxes including classified material were moved from a Mar-a-Lago storage area after the subpoena was served,” and “Trump personally examined at least some of those boxes.”
According to the Post article, “Investigators have also amassed evidence indicating that Trump told others to mislead government officials in early 2022, before the subpoena, when was working with the Justice Department to try to recover a wide range of papers.”
Furthermore, “prosecutors have collected evidence that Trump ignored requests from multiple advisers to return the documents” and that, “he asked advisers and lawyers to release false statements claiming he had returned all documents. Trump automatically declassified the documents at Mar-a-Lago just by taking them.
“As president, I have the right to declassify documents, and the process is automatic if I take them with me,” Trump declared on Tuesday.