The former Manhattan DA admits that the current indictment against Trump is unprecedented — and explains that he did not indict Trump in the hush money case because SDNY asked him to recuse himself.
- NBC host Chuck Todd pushed Cy Vance on why he didn’t move to impeach Trump when Manhattan da
- Vance admitted Sunday that making fraud a felony under federal election law was unprecedented
- Trump will be summoned in New York on Tuesday – and he will make remarks in Mar-a-Lago the same evening
The former Manhattan District Attorney, who decided not to investigate Donald Trump over the Stormy Daniels payment, has admitted that the charges and how they are pursued are unprecedented.
While Cy Vance said there is a history of document falsification being elevated to felony, he has never seen a case involving federal election law, which is what is happening in Trump’s indictment.
A Manhattan grand jury issued an indictment against Trump on Thursday. While the details are still sealed, reports indicate that there could be at least 30 counts of commercial fraud.
The case stems from Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen’s $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016 to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Trump a decade earlier.
Former Manhattan District Attorney C. Vance admitted Sunday that making a fraud case a felony related to federal election law is unprecedented.
Former President Donald Trump was photographed golfing at the Palm Beach Club on Saturday and Sunday while preparing for an arrest in New York on Tuesday.
NBC host Chuck Todd pushed Vance on why charges were not pursued against the former president as the indictment received growing criticism of being ‘politically motivated’ by his Democratic successor – Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
“Why didn’t you file the silent money issue?” asked Todd on his Meet the Press Sunday morning show. “Why didn’t you ship it at all in 2018, 2019, and 2020?”
“I don’t want to get into the deliberations that the grand jury materials might cover,” Vance said. But — you know — the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District has asked me to recant our investigation, which began in connection with the Trump Organization.
The former Manhattan manager added, “As someone who has great respect for this office and believes they may have the best laws to investigate, I did.”
Trump’s makeover will be arranged in New York on Tuesday, and he is expected to be fingerprinted and have his picture taken, which the former president said would be the most famous in world history.
Vance admitted he wasn’t sure how tough Bragg’s case against Trump would be despite saying in an editorial that he “wasn’t worth continuing” with the charges if the case wasn’t so strong.
“Well, I don’t know if this case is airtight or not,” Vance said to Todd. “I know the DA’s office has very experienced and seasoned attorneys.”
Todd wanted more substantial responses from Vance amid criticism over the indictment, so he asked, “Has your office concluded that a stand-alone felony charge of hush-money payments wasn’t worth it because of so many uncertainties about the legal theory?” And that’s why you’ve been following this larger issue, that this was just one part of how the Trump Organization lied to their business records.
“I don’t want to get involved in our deliberations,” Vance repeated.
“But we’ve historically filed cases involving fake documents, and we’ve elevated them to felony status when it comes to federal laws,” he explained. “It has never been done from what I know of in relation to federal election law, which is a quite specific area of law.”
NBC host Chuck Todd pushed Vance on why he didn’t move to impeach Trump when Manhattan da
“But I think the question is not so much why I didn’t do it or we did it, but why does this prosecutor do. And that requires us to be patient and wait. This process will not be accelerated by talking about it.
Trump was pictured golfing Sunday at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
He announced Sunday that he will be making remarks from his estate floor Tuesday night at 8:15 p.m., just hours after he was arranged in New York.