Donald Trump claimed he was the victim of election interference as he denounced New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg for bringing criminal charges against him hours after he was arraigned.
this former us president He spoke to about 500 people in the ballroom of his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida after flying in from New York.
In his first comments since being charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records, the 76-year-old said he “never imagined that something like this could happen in the US”.
“The only crime I committed was to fearlessly defend our country from those who would try to destroy it,” he said.
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He then told the crowd that America was “going to hell”, adding that even people who were “not a huge fan of him” said it “shouldn’t be happening”.
Trump claimed he was facing “election interference” and claimed that “the local racist district attorney in Atlanta” was trying to prosecute him “with all his might.”
“This bogus case is only intended to interfere with the upcoming 2024 election and should be dropped immediately,” he said.
Trump went on to say that Hillary Clinton deleted 33,000 emails, “that’s okay,” adding: “But no one did it like Joe Biden.”
He claimed that the current US president “possesses classified documents from his time as a senator” – which is true His Florida estate was raided by the FBI last year — and “he wasn’t harassed and hunted down like the guys who worked for me”.
‘There is no case here’
Drawing his attention back to his indictment, he said “this is a persecution, not an investigation” but “our heads are high”.
Trump then told the crowd that experts and legal analysts said there was “no case here.”
He said he spent time on Tuesday with a “failing local district attorney” who charged a former U.S. president for the first time in history.
“Every pundit and legal analyst says there’s no case. Almost everyone,” he said.
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He said “the culprit was the District Attorney” — referring to Alvin Bragg — because he had “unlawfully leaked a great deal of grand jury information.”
“Hope is never lost because many prosecutors in the prosecutor’s office have also resigned because they think I have been treated unfairly,” he said. “How? Isn’t that nice? I love them. I want to meet them.
“Meanwhile, New York’s overall crime rate rose 30 percent last year — much higher than the year before, with a surge in felony assaults, robberies and burglaries.”
America is a mess
Trump said New York was “not like anything I’ve ever known,” adding: “This is where we are now. I have a judge who hates Trump and a wife and family who hate Trump, Their daughter works for Kamala Harris.”
He went on to say that “this is where we are as a country” and that America is “a mess.”
“It’s unbelievable that we lost an election right now, and now these radical left lunatics want to use law enforcement to interfere with our election. We can’t let that happen.
“Having said that, there are dark clouds hanging over our beloved country and I firmly believe we will make America great again.”
What charges is Donald Trump facing?
Earlier Tuesday, Trump himself Pleaded not guilty to all 34 felony charges He became the first former U.S. president to face criminal charges over alleged falsification of business records and conspiracy to make hush money payments to two women at the end of the 2016 presidential campaign.
After a hearing in New York court on Tuesday, he said there was “no case” and “no violation of the law” in the prosecution of him.
Trump also posted a statement on the social media site Truth Social, accusing New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg of shutting down the city and bringing in “38,000 NYPD officers.”
Prosecutors said the charges involved him falsifying business records “to conceal damaging information and illegal activities from American voters around the time of the 2016 election.”
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The Republican is accused of using a “hunt and kill” program to identify, buy and bury negative information about him to boost his electoral prospects.
He then went to great lengths to conceal the conduct, making dozens of false entries in business records to cover up criminal activity, including attempted violations of state and federal election laws, prosecutors said.
Elaborating the case against Trump, Mr. Bragg said the former president had “repeatedly made false statements on New York business records” and caused others to make false statements.