Former President Donald Trump Attorney Joe Tacopina declared the American rule of law institutionally dead Thursday after New York County DA Alvin Bragg filed an indictment related to the Stormy Daniels NDA case.
He’s never been angrier in his legal career, Tacopina told “Hannity,” during which he noted he’s been on both sides of indictments.
“I’ve never been so angry about the charge because the rule of law in the United States of America is dead today. It’s dead. It’s something I never thought I’d see. I get goosebumps even because I don’t,” Tacubina said. “I don’t feel good about saying that.”
Tacobina warned that Prague “stretched” Law against an individual competitor in a manner that sets a precedent that is difficult to undo in future cases.
Trump ‘shocked’ Under the indictment — which reports said could be as many as 34 counts — Tacubina said, adding that what happened to his client was reminiscent of the Soviet custom of “choosing the target — the person you don’t like … finding the crime.”
“It’s never been like that in the United States. It’s just not meant to be, and when we start doing it, we’re no better than those other horrible dictatorships and governments that abuse the rule of law.”
He added that even “unpopular” American citizens over the years have benefited from the rule of law, while Bragg has turned that custom on its head.
“There is no crime,” he said, adding later that he would almost “push” his client to be the one to cross-examine star prosecution witness Michael Cohen, the mogul’s former “fixer,” calling the convicted attorney a pathological liar. who contradicted himself many times.
Takopina concluded, “There is no one who can convince me that this man was not only charged with influencing the election… That is scary to me.”
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz also analyzed the indictment on “Hannity,” echoing criticism of Bragg as a politically motivated prosecutor who “willfully violated the statute of limitations” in the Trump case.
Bragg had seven years to be charged Trump, but he waited He then did so while the defendant was out of state — in this case, Florida — which the professor said proves New York County could have charged him at any time.
“Also, when you’re a democratically elected attorney general under election pledge to get Trump and you’re going to indict … the man who might become the future president if he beat an incumbent, a party boss, the attorney general — you better have the strongest case imaginable” Dershowitz said.
“…not a case that relies on putting together two unworkable laws and using Michael Cohen.”
Regardless of the fragility of Bragg’s case, Dershowitz said, given Cohen’s potential as a star witness, he recommends a motion for a change of venue be filed to neighboring Richmond County, New York, to give both sides a fair shake.
Fox News legal analyst Greg Jarrett later opined that Takopina may be right in expecting him to “insult Alvin Bragg” in court, invoking Bragg’s complex legal theory [he] I simply dreamed [in] committing a misdemeanor and turning it into a felony.”
“The law does not support it, and I expect Tacupina and his attorney to promptly file a motion for dismissal because the law does not support the charge, and the facts alleged do not support an offense recognized by law.”
Jarrett noted that the FEC did not view Trump’s actions in the case as a crime, and that other levels of the judiciary are haunting Trump’s impeachment trial, including Bragg’s predecessor Cy Vance Jr.
“This is a DA who has dishonorably abused his power and decided to criminalize politics, which is a grave breach of his moral duty to see that justice is done fairly and equitably. In this case, that is not the case.”
Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, noted that former Prague prosecutor Mark Pomerantz wrote a book, People Against Donald Trump, about the investigation. Pomerantz reportedly originally resigned due to Bragg’s reluctance to prosecute the former president.
“[O]Northeast [the two resigned prosecutors] He did something that I think is very unprofessional: He wrote a book about someone who hasn’t even been charged, let alone convicted, and who is still under investigation.”
“[He] This general campaign was to force Bragg to charge him. I thought it was something amazingly unprofessional, but that’s what marked this case from the start.”