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Former Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy is sounding off on New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s “hypocritical” decision not to prosecute certain crimes amid his current case against former President Donald Trump.
During a segment on “Sunday Night in America, Gowdy, who now serves as a Fox News host, spoke about Trump’s comments over the weekend that “leaks” indicated the liberal city DA’s office may arrest him on Tuesday. It’s believed that the potential arrest could be tied to Trump’s alleged “hush money” payment to porn star Stormy Daniels during his 2016 election campaign.
Gowdy noted that when Bragg took office, he announced a list of crimes that he would not prosecute, including downgrading felonies and dismissing or pleading down serious cases.
“On his first day in office, New York’s District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced all the crimes he would not prosecute. The person elected as the top law enforcement official had a long list of laws he didn’t respect enough to follow. He substituted his politics for the rule of law because that is what so-called progressive prosecutors do. There was nary a word of dissent on the left. Felonies would be downgraded, serious cases dismissed or pled down, and prison terms would rarely be solved,” Gowdy began.
“Alvin Bragg was a social engineer masquerading as a prosecutor. To some on the left, showing a photo ID to vote is anti-democratic, but apparently not a prosecutor who ignores the law. And yet, we have finally stumbled upon the one crime worth the full weight of Alvin Bragg’s office. Forget about guns and robbery and acts of violence. What really gets his attention is paying someone to be quiet about sex. To be clear, Alvin Bragg will not prosecute people who pay for sex — that is one the crimes he promised to ignore. To him, you can pay someone for sex in New York and get away with it, but God forbid you pay someone to be quiet about it afterward,” he added.
“The demise of our country will be in direct proportion to how politicized our justice system remains. Our justice system should be where we go to escape politics, a place where both friend and foe are afforded fairness and due process, where nothing matters except the law and the facts. It takes no character or courage to be fair to your friends. The question is, can you be fair to your opponents? Alvin Bragg decided the law was no match for his politics. He didn’t care what the law was when he took office. And when you ignore the law, you give license to others to ignore the facts. And when you ignore the law and the facts, you don’t have a justice system. If you don’t have a justice system, you don’t have a country. May justice be done though the heavens fall,” he said.
Gowdy continued: “That used to be the aspiration: justice above all else. We were once a nation of laws and not merely men and women. Now we’re a nation where politics reigns supreme. The end justifies the means, use the system to reward friends and punish foes — if this persists, the greatest experiment in self-government the world has ever known will surely fail.”
News broke on Friday that Bragg is close to indicting Trump over hush money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 campaign, allegedly to keep her quiet about an affair the two of them had in 2006.
A lawyer for Donald Trump described the most likely scenario at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago estate should he be indicted this week by a Manhattan grand jury.
The attorney stated that Trump would not resist and would surrender to authorities in the event of an indictment in Bragg’s investigation into the alleged hush-money agreement.
“There won’t be a standoff at Mar-a-Lago with Secret Service and the Manhattan DA’s office,” Joe Tacopina said. He suggested that Trump, whom he characterized as a survivor, would utilize any charges brought against him to his political advantage in the long run.
“Most people would collapse under the weight of this,” he said. “He seems to turn everything into a positive and everything into a boost for his campaign, so I’m sure this will just join that long list of things that people think no one could overcome, but he will.”