ABC’s Chief Legal Analyst Warns Democrats against Indicting Trump: ‘Desperate Long Shot, Big Mistake’

ABC News’s Chief Legal Analyst Dan Abrams has warned Democrat prosecutors against indicting President Donald Trump in New York, saying the move would be a “big mistake.”

Abrams, a NewsNation host and the founder of Mediaite, said: “The law that Trump allegedly violated is a misdemeanor.

“Potentially charging the former president for an incident that occurred almost seven years ago, and it’s minor stuff.

“Falsifying business records by claiming that the $130,000 payoff to Daniels for keeping quiet about their affair was actually for legal expenses.

“Now, the DA might try to elevate the crime to a felony by claiming the intent to defraud included an intent to commit or conceal a second crime, and that one being a violation of New York state election law.

“They would argue that the payoff was done to protect his campaign and effectively became an improper donation.

“Putting aside how long ago this happened.

“Putting aside the fact of the Manhattan DA’s office — under a different DA — examined this case in 2018 and decided not to move forward with it.

“Putting aside the fact that this new DA, Alvin Bragg, was in office for over a year before he seemed to suddenly become interested in this old case.

“Put all that aside, it also could be a really hard legal case.

“This effort at making it a felony would be a novel legal theory, and proving that the payment was made for the purposes of protecting the campaign as opposed to — say, protecting him from his wife, Melania, finding out — would be difficult.

“Other prosecutors have failed in similar efforts in campaign finance cases, and this was not even a New York state election. It was a federal election!

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“Now, the former president denies ever having had an affair with Stormy Daniels.

“Do I believe that? Of course not.

“Do I think he paid the money to Daniels for exactly the reasons Michael Cohen claims? Yeah.

“But that does not mean that criminal charges should be brought in this case, at this time, against this defendant.

“And to those on the Left who say, ‘Well, if it was me or anyone else, he would be charged, why is this any different?’

“I say, that’s not true,” he said.

“Any good prosecutor would, should look at this old, relatively-minor and difficult case with a tainted star witness and say ‘Not worth it.’

“But I feel this prosecutor’s allowing politics to seep into a case that is already fraught with allegations of bias.

“Now that the criminal tax and bank fraud cases have fizzled legally, this one has the feel of a desperate long shot.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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