Burgum Defends Trump Against Manhattan Criminal Trial
Former US President Donald Trump, left, listens as Doug Burgum, governor of North Dakota, speaks during a Nevada Republican caucus night watch party in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024. Trump opted to skip the primary on February 6 to run in the Nevada Republican caucus, which will award delegates, and where he faces no major rival.
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North Dakota Republican Governor Doug Burgum defended former President Donald Trump on Sunday against the criminal charges he faces from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Burgum made the remarks during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” with host Jake Tapper.

“I’m a business guy. This is a business filing case,” he said. “If it was anybody other than a presidential candidate, this would be a misdemeanor. How it got turned into 34 felonies, when there isn’t even the alleged crime, which is — they haven’t even convinced anybody there was a crime.”

“But if it were, it would be a Federal Election Commission crime. And that would be pursued by the federal courts, not by a county DA in New York,” he continued. “And so I think, again, Americans, the outcome of this trial doesn’t affect them.”

He said that the trial was nothing more than “a spectacle for cable TV, but average Americans have already baked in what they think about President Trump, President Biden, they’re looking at the policies, not at the people, and they were better off under President Trump’s policies.”

Burgum said he was looking forward to next January when “Vice President Harris certifies the election for Donald Trump.”


“I mean, the American people are the ones that get to decide these elections,” he said. “But for both parties and for all Americans, we have got to make sure that every county, every precinct is beyond reproach, that everybody can be confident in our country.”

“In North Dakota, we’re doing that,” he added. “Nobody’s questioning the results of an election in any county or precinct in North Dakota. It can be done. It’s done all over the nation, except, in some cases, we have got — we could have a handful of counties that this election could turn on again, and we have just got to make sure that, when it’s done, both sides feel good about how it was counted.”


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