ICYMI – The Trump indictment had been kept under lock and key until the arraignment hearing of Trump.
Certain aspects of the indictment were leaked early, and there is a lot of speculation that Bragg was the source of that leak.
If that is the case, attorney Alan Dershowitz believes that Bragg could find himself on the wrong side of an indictment.
Can’t Do That
Dershowitz had made an appearance on Fox News to break down the indictment, or at least what we had known about it at the time.
He also gave some context regarding the star witness of Bragg, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
Dershowitz stated, “I don’t think an indictment can actually come forward now after the comments made by [Robert] Costello. He has proved that the main witness is going to be a perjuring liar on the witness stand, and that puts the district attorney in a terrible position.”
So, he was obviously wrong on that point, but he made some other points that could still come into play.
He continued, “If he uses Cohen as a witness, he could actually lose his bar license. It’s unethical to put a witness on the stand who you know is lying, and he has to know that Cohen will be lying.
“Or he tries the case without Cohen, which would be very difficult, or he does the right thing: he drops the case.”
Then, in an op-ed, Dershowitz discussed the leaked information.
He stated, “It is likely that a serious felony has been committed right under District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s nose and he is not investigating it.
“Under New York law, it is a felony to leak confidential grand jury information, such as whether the jurors voted to indict.
“The protection of secrecy is as applicable to President Trump as it is to anyone else.
“We know that the information was disclosed while the indictment itself remains sealed and before any official announcement was made or charges brought. It is unlikely that the leak came from the Trump team, which seemed genuinely surprised.”
I think we can back that up because Trump’s attorney even noted that they were waiting to see the indictment so they could start to attack it, and that was something that was said the night before Trump’s surrender.
Dershowitz continued, “The most likely, though uncertain, scenario is that a person in Mr. Bragg’s office or a grand juror unlawfully leaked the sealed information. That would be a class E felony, subject to imprisonment.
“It is possible of course that an investigation is underway, but it seems more likely that Mr. Bragg is too busy making up a crime against the man he promised in his campaign to get than investigating a real crime that took place on his watch.”
Of course, it would be up to Bragg to investigate the alleged crime (the leak) and if he put the leak out himself, that is clearly not going to happen.
The judge did order the case expedited, so we should see some action on this before the end of the year.
We can only hope this is all resolved one way or the other before votes start being cast in the primary starting in February. If this case dribbled into March, voters are going to have a very tough decision to make.
Source: Conservative Brief