Former Manhattan DA doesn't believe Trump will do jail time, says he passed on 'hush money' investigation

 June 3, 2024

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg and his supporters are exceedingly happy regarding the 34 charges former President Donald Trump was found guilty of last week.

But according to the New York Post, Bragg's predecessor, former Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, also a Democrat, isn't sold on the idea that bringing those charges against Trump was the best idea.

Vance, like many others, believes that Trump and his legal team will stand a strong chance in the appeals process, given how overall weak and wonky the charges were.

Before Bragg took over in 2022, Vance said he wasn't interested in charging Trump with the "hush money" charges, but rather wanted more time to pursue actual financial crimes.

What did he say?

During an interview with NBC’s "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Vance explained why he didn't take the route that Bragg did.

"I ultimately believed that our investigation was best focused on financial crimes," Vance said, adding, "Unfortunately, we ran out of time."

Vance added, "I’m confident that we made the right choice for us at that time in pursuing the financial crimes investigation."

The former Manhattan DA also isn't convinced that Trump will do actual prison time as an outcome of his July 11 sentencing hearing. He explained that it's simply too close to the Republican Convention and the general election.

"With the proximity of the Republican Convention four days after his sentencing and then if he is the candidate for the Republican Party — the proximity of the election — I would be surprised that he would be sentenced to any imprisonment," Vance said.

"That said, the court could adjourn sentencing until after the general election and essentially decide then."

The heat is on

House Republican leaders have already begun the process of attempting to pressure Bragg and his prosecutors into explaining, at a public hearing, how the charges against Trump came to be.

According to NBC News, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has requested Bragg and his top prosecutor to testify at a public hearing on June 13.

It's unclear whether Bragg will attend the hearing, as his office has not returned comment on the matter.

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