DA Bragg tells office they won’t be bullied after Trump calls for protest
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg emailed his staff on Saturday saying he would ‘not tolerate attempts to intimidate our office’ after Donald Trump issued a rallying cry to his supporters before his possible arrest.
The progressive DA memo comes hours after former President Donald Trump called Bragg’s office “CORRUPT AND POLITICAL” and urged his supporters to protest his arrest, which Trump predicted on Tuesday.
“Our law enforcement partners will ensure that any specific or credible threats against the office are fully investigated and that the appropriate safeguards are in place so that the 1,600 of us all have a safe work environment,” Bragg said in his office, according to a leaked email. , obtained by journalist Breanna Morello.
“In the meantime, as with all of our investigations, we will continue to apply the law evenly and fairly and speak openly only when appropriate,” Bragg wrote. “We do not tolerate attempts by our office to intimidate or threaten the rule of law in New York.”
On Saturday morning, Trump took to his Truth Social platform to announce he would be arrested on Tuesday.
“THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE AND FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, FROM FAR AND FAR, WILL BE ARRESTED TUESDAY NEXT WEEK. PROTEST, TAKE BACK OUR NATION! he roared in an all caps.
“THEY KILL OUR NATION WHILE WE SIT AND WATCH. WE MUST SAVE AMERICA! PROTEST, PROTEST, PROTEST!!!” he wrote in a follow-up message.
Trump faces indictment over a silent $130,000 payment he allegedly made to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016.
Daniels claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006, which Trump has repeatedly denied.
Trump would become the first president in US history to face criminal charges after leaving office if indicted.
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats have denounced Trump’s calls to protest his arrest as “reckless.”
“The former president’s announcement this morning is reckless: doing so to keep abreast of current affairs and foment unrest among his supporters,” Pelosi said. tweeted. “He cannot hide his violations of the law, his disrespect for our elections and his incitement to violence.”
Trump’s ‘goal is acts of violence in his name’, California Representative Eric Swalwell echoed. “And we have to be ready to protect ourselves against that.”
Former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who served three years in prison after pleading guilty to violating federal campaign finance laws in connection with the payments in 2018, told the Post on Saturday that Trump’s message was ‘uncannily similar’ to his battle cry before the Jan. 6 uprising; in particular by calling for demonstrations.
“By doing so, Donald hopes to annoy his base, witness another violent clash on his behalf, and profit by soliciting contributions.”
Many Republicans have come to Trump’s defense, including House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who called for an “immediate” congressional investigation into a “politically motivated suit.”
“Here we go again – an outrageous abuse of power by a radical prosecutor who lets violent criminals walk as he pursues his political revenge against President Trump,” McCarthy posted.