Former president Donald Trump ripped the indictments against him just one day after appearing in a New York City Court. He said that such a case was an example of Democrats weaponizing the American legal system.
Trump pled not guilty to 34 felony counts issued by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D).
Trump also discussed the role of billionaire donor George Soros in aiding Bragg, who the former president said “campaigned on” the idea of prosecuting him. “You want to get President Trump at any cost, and this before he knew anything about me.”
The former president said that the indictment received criticism from “RINOS and even hardcore Democrats,” who believe that “there is no crime.”
The former president widened his criticism of the district attorney and the decision to indict him.
Trump also heavily criticized the role of the judge presiding over the case, Juan Merchan. The judge’s daughter had previously volunteered in then-Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-CA) 2020 presidential campaign.
Judge Merchan stated that he may issue a gag order against the former president, which would prevent him from discussing the pending trial publicly.
Merchan presided over another high-profile case regarding the former president. Merchan was on the bench in a case against the Trump Organization and former CFO Allen Weisselberg in 2022.
The judge said at the time that he would not allow “a selective prosecution claim or claim this is some sort of novel prosecution.”
Merchan sentenced the former Trump Organization official to five months in prison and issued a $1.6 million fine. Merchan also was the presiding judge during a fraud case against former Trump advisor Steve Bannon.
On Wednesday morning, the former president declared on Truth Social that the FBI and Department of Justice should be defunded “UNTIL THEY COME TO THEIR SENSES.”
Trump wrote that the Democrats “HAVE TOTALLY WEAPONIZED LAW ENFORCEMENT IN OUR COUNTRY AND ARE VICIOUSLY USING THIS ABUSE OF POWER TO INTERFERE WITH OUR ALREADY UNDER SIEGE ELECTIONS!”
President Trump on Truth Social this AM pic.twitter.com/rINceKOJfp
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) April 5, 2023
The 2024 presidential candidate also slammed a number of other investigations against him, including that of Fulton County stemming from the outcome of the 2020 election in Georgia.