Anti-Trump lawyer says former president's indictments are 'candidate suppression'

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 September 5, 2023

Attorney and civil libertarian Harvey Silverglate has long been a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump, telling NBC Boston 10 last month, "I wouldn't vote for Trump if I was being tortured."

However, Silverglate nevertheless insists that the former president's criminal indictments have been nothing short of election interference by the Biden administration.

Just being honest

Silverglate began representing former Trump attorney John Eastman earlier this year ahead of speculation that he would face federal charges alongside the former president in Washington, D.C. relating to his conduct following the 2020 election.

Eastman and 18 other individuals including Trump have since been indicted by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis under Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

According to Silverglate, those as well as other charges brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ) amount to "candidate suppression."

"I am appalled that the Department of Justice -- under a Democratic administration -- appalled that they have done this to the leading Republican candidate for the presidency prior to the Republican National Convention," he said.

Silverglate: Indictments part of a "bad faith" effort to stop Trump's nomination

"There is a statute of limitations that is quite lengthy and they could have waited," the longtime attorney went on to point out.

"Common decency, common sense and propriety would have had them wait until after the nomination because if Trump got the nomination, then they should wait until after the election," Silverglate continued.

"I consider that what the Department of Justice is doing here to be candidate suppression. That's not their job," he insisted.

Silverglate slammed the indictments as an example of "appallingly bad judgment" that he believes were “done in bad faith to keep him from being the Republican nominee for president."

"They realize Biden is a very weak candidate. If Biden had any common sense, he would have just said he was not running for a second term," the author declared.

Poll finds half of Americans think charges against Trump are politically motivated

Interestingly, the results of a survey carried out between August 15 and August 16 by Ipso suggest that many Americans have a similar perspective.

It found that 49% of respondents thought the charges brought against Trump are politically motivated compared with 35% who said they are not.

Meanwhile, only 32% were "somewhat" or "very" confident that the DOJ's investigation of Hunter Biden is being handled in a fair and nonpartisan manner.

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