Law Professor Defends Trump As Trial Gets Underway: ‘Trump Is Right’
Former US President Donald Trump at Manhattan criminal court in New York, US, on Monday, April 22, 2024. Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records as part of an alleged scheme to silence claims of extramarital sexual encounters during his 2016 presidential campaign.
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George Washington University law school professor Jonathan Turley slammed the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for bringing its criminal case against former President Donald Trump during an interview this week, saying that it was an “embarrassment” to the justice system.

Turley made the remarks during a interview where he discussed the opening statements of Trump’s “hush money” trial.

“If you polled people and ask if Trump was responsible for the bubonic plague, we would end up with the same 35%. We have these hard numbers on either end of the poll when it comes to Trump. They don’t move no matter what the subject is,” Turley said. “What’s clear is in this case, Trump is right. I mean, this is an embarrassment. I mean the fact that we are actually talking about this case being presented in a New York courtroom leaves me in utter disbelief.”

“I mean, the arguments today did in fact capture all the problems here,” he continued. “You know, you had this misdemeanor under state law where, that had run out, this is going back to relate it to the 2016 election, and they zapped it back into life by alleging that there was a campaign finance violation under the federal laws that doesn’t exist. The Department of Justice doesn’t view it this way.”

Turley concluded, “On top of that, you got these tough factual issues that were laid out well by the Trump team. Saying someone else designated this as a legal expense. He was actually paid far in excess of this because this was a legal account. Keep in mind, this is what Hillary Clinton’s people did. Remember, when they funded the Steele dossier — which they denied to reporters — they put it as a legal expense. And then they fought the eventual fine they received from the federal government saying that it was a legal expense. Now you’ve got some of the same Democrats supporting this bizarre theory.”


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