On Saturday, Jeb Bush, the former Governor of Florida, commented that the Manhattan grand jury's indictment of former President Donald Trump during his third presidential campaign is "highly political" and not motivated by justice.
In a tweet, Bush, who ran against Trump for the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 2016, pointed out that the case on which Trump was indicted had been rejected by other prosecutors before being resurrected by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office.
"Bragg’s predecessor didn’t take up the case. The Justice Department didn’t take up the case. Bragg first said he would not take up the case. This is very political, not a matter of justice," Bush, the man who Trump referred to as "Low Energy Jeb Bush," tweeted.
"In this case, let the jury be the voters," he continued.
Bragg’s predecessor didn’t take up the case. The Justice Department didn’t take up the case. Bragg first said he would not take up the case. This is very political, not a matter of justice. In this case, let the jury be the voters.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) April 1, 2023
Although the specific allegations of the indictment are currently undisclosed, according to Trump's attorney Joe Tacopina, the former President may face more than 30 charges when he appears in court next week for arraignment.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has been conducting an investigation into Trump's involvement in the payments of hush money made before the 2016 presidential election. These payments comprise of $130,000 paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and $150,000 paid to former Playboy model Karen McDougal.
In 2018, Fox News uncovered a sequence of payments made to McDougal and Daniels as hush money, which prompted investigations by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York and the Federal Election Commission.
However, in 2019, federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York declined to file charges against Trump concerning the Daniels payment, despite Michael Cohen, a former Trump attorney, implicating him as part of a plea bargain. Additionally, in 2021, the Federal Election Commission also ceased its inquiry into the issue.
In response to the indictment, Trump criticized Alvin Bragg for being fixated on attempting to "get Trump," and cautioned that charging a former US president could have adverse consequences for President Biden. Trump also expressed his belief that the move would ultimately backfire.
"This is Political Persecution and Election Interference at the highest level in history," Trump said in a statement. "From the time I came down the golden escalator at Trump Tower, and even before I was sworn in as your President of the United States, the Radical Left Democrats – the enemy of the hard-working men and women of this Country – have been engaged in a Witch-Hunt to destroy the Make America Great Again movement."
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