Bragg appears to be bowing to pressure to take DOJ case, his predecessor wouldn’t, unsuccessful Edwards case was ‘much stronger’

During Saturday’s Fox News Channel “Fox & Friends” show, George Washington University law professor and Fox News contributor Jonathan Turley said the potential court case against former President Donald Trump is significantly weaker than the John Edwards case and that he believes that if Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg is suing it would be because Bragg gave in to public pressure.

Turley said:[T]In the John Edwards case, it was a much stronger case, the Department of Justice went all-in and ended up losing. Because these are very difficult cases to pin down. Now you take that, and now you have the Manhattan prosecutor bringing a case to court that the Justice Department refused to do…and it raises some obvious questions.

He later added, “This is a complaint that not only did the Justice Department not pursue it, but Bragg’s predecessor in his office did not pursue it in court.” But Bragg himself also threw a flag at the game. The only reason I think we see this case is because two of his prosecutors resigned, in my opinion they acted really inappropriately – in the case of one of them, who wrote a book about someone who hasn’t even been charged, let alone convicted. And that pressure, I think, eventually found its mark with Bragg.

Turley also said: “We have to bear in mind that we have a legal system here which is designed to protect the rights of the accused. And even if he is found guilty, there will be significant appeal challenges and reviews. I think we have to be careful not to just assume, in the most inflammatory way, that the rule of law is dead. He is not the first DA who has bowed to public pressure to bring a criminal charge.

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