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Bragg ‘Obstructed Justice’ During Trump Trial, Says Legal Eagle

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OPINION: This article may contain commentary which reflects the author's opinion.


According to Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett on Friday, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg “obstructed justice” in the criminal hush money case against former President Donald Trump.

The case wrapped up on Tuesday after defense attorneys and Bragg’s prosecutors made their closing arguments. Judge Juan Merchan gave the jury final instructions on Wednesday morning before they adjourned to deliberate.

During an appearance on Fox News’ Hannity on Friday, Jarrett, a former defense attorney, called it a “sham case” and explained how he believes Bragg’s actions amount to obstruction, alleging that “Alvin Bragg and Judge [Juan] Merchan worked in tandem as co-prosecutors.”

Jarrett told Fox News’ Jason Chaffetz, who was filling in for host Sean Hannity, that the “DA obstructed justice, concealed exculpatory evidence to the grand jury, manufactured this laughable indictment, and then suborned perjury at the trial—they knew Cohen would lie, they wanted him to lie.”

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The prosecution’s case relies heavily on their key witness, Michael Cohen, a disbarred lawyer who previously pleaded guilty to tax evasion, bank fraud, campaign finance violations, and lying to Congress. Criminal defense lawyer and former federal prosecutor Rocco Cipparone noted Cohen’s credibility issues, describing him as having a “lot of admitted and unadmitted baggage” in an interview with Newsweek on Saturday.

“This is a performance trial, not a real trial,” Jarrett told Chaffetz.

Trump had more harsh words for Merchan ahead of closing arguments in the case, which came on Tuesday.

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“The reason the Radical, highly Conflicted Judge Juan Merchan had to come up with three FAKE options for the jury to choose from, without requiring them to be unanimous, which is completely UNAMERICAN AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL, is because the Corrupt, Soros backed D.A., Alvin Bragg, couldn’t come close to proving that any crime was committed. THERE WAS NO CRIME,” he noted on his Truth Social platform.

“Legal Expense paid to a lawyer was marked, by a bookkeeper using a dropdown menu in a computer program, as Legal Expense paid to a lawyer. WHAT ELSE COULD YOU CALL IT? There is NO CASE, just a Democrat Persecutor controlled by Crooked Joe Biden’s White House, a Democrat Judge, and a biased venue. This is nothing but an Election Interfering Witch Hunt, and the American People know it! MAGA2024,” he continued.

In another post, he wrote:

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Could somebody please ask Judge Merchan, whatever happened to MARK POMERANTZ, the man Alvin Bragg was furious at for the things he did on this contrived and unconstitutional case, and why wasn’t he allowed to testify? Also, why did Judge Merchan not allow Brad Smith, the leading Election Law Expert in the Country, to testify. He would have ended the case quickly by explaining the Law and stating that President Trump did nothing wrong. Likewise Bob Costello, and all of his direct and irrefutable knowledge, why was he so horribly treated and completely shut down by the Conflicted Judge, and why were his Emails and Text Messages not allowed to be shown…And then, of course, there’s the BIGGEST EVENT OF THEM ALL, but I’m not allowed to talk about it because I’m under an illegal and unconstitutional GAG ORDER. This is the Biden White House at work. ELECTION INTERFERENCE!

Trump also took issue with the instructions Merchan gave to the jury, writing about “three FAKE options for the jury to choose from, without requiring them to be unanimous, which is completely UNAMERICAN AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL.”

The former president also ripped the court for not sequestering the jury during a seven-day break that ended Tuesday: “Can anyone believe that Soros backed D.A., Alvin Bragg, was able to get a DELAY of 7 days to his Corrupt and Unconstitutional Case against me, with no sequester? Legal Expense = Legal Expense! The only thing Bragg has going for him is the Corrupt and highly Conflicted Judge – Which is a lot!!!”

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