One of the many issues with Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s indictment against Trump is that he never named a crime.
It is assumed that Bragg is going to claim that former President Trump violated federal campaign finance laws and falsified business records.
There’s just one big problem with all of this…It’s already been investigated, and there’s a good argument he doesn’t have the legal authority to prosecute the case.
To begin with, the DOJ has the jurisdiction to prosecute election crimes and even the Biden administration passed on that one. Second, the FEC already investigated the alleged claims and reported publican no crime was committed.
Current FEC Commissioner James E. Trainor said the indictment of Trump is “not a campaign finance violation. It’s not a reporting violation of any kind.”
His comments really put a fork in Bragg’s case.
Trainor even jabbed at Bragg in a social media post showing a picture of the FEC hearing room.
“This is the FEC hearing room. This is where campaign finance violations are tried,” he wrote.
This is the @FEC hearing room. This is where campaign finance violations are tried. pic.twitter.com/OJFxVMiiUl
— Trey Trainor (@TXElectionLaw) April 4, 2023
It is also known that Justice Department already considered prosecuting the case and decided to pass because it was flimsy.
“At the end of the day, there’s the person who committed the crime, and there’s the person who is behind bars because of it,” Trainor said of convicted lawyer Micheal Cohen.
“It has to be something that anybody on the street can look at and say the only reason you did that was to influence the campaign,” said Trainor. “There’s a lot of reasons that he could have done it that aren’t related to him being a candidate for president, and so therefore, it wouldn’t have met the standard as campaign expenditure under federal law.”
“I don’t know how you get around the evidence that both the Department of Justice in their investigation of the federal campaign finance issues and the Federal Election Commission in their ultimate jurisdiction over campaign finance issues, neither of them found there to be any violations whatsoever, and I think the jury is going to see that and they’re going to have to rely upon the fact that both the law enforcement experts and the civil enforcement experts, as far as campaign finance are concerned, didn’t find any violation of the law here,” said Trainor.