Trump claims Manhattan DA Bragg has ‘already dropped the case’ against him
Former President Donald Trump claimed that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has “dropped” an investigation of him in the “hush money” payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Trump, 76, made the assertion while speaking to reporters on his jet Saturday night following a campaign rally in Waco, Texas, Axios reported.
“I think they’ve already dropped the case,” Trump said. “It’s a fake case. Some fake cases, they have absolutely nothing.”
Trump didn’t say what led him to believe he was off the hook.
Bragg’s office didn’t immediately return a request for comment from The Post on Sunday morning.
But on Friday, the Democratic DA sent his staffers a memo that noted how some of them had “received offensive or threatening phone calls or emails” and said, “We will continue to apply the law evenly and fairly.”
Trump’s remarks came a day after he sparked controversy with a social media post that showed him aiming a baseball bat at Bragg’s head.
They also came a week to the day after he wrongly predicted he would be arrested on March 21, leading to a surge in donations and his standing in the polls.
A Manhattan grand jury has been hearing evidence since late January in connection with the $130,000 that former Trump lawyer and ex-con Michael Cohen paid Daniels shortly before the 2016 election to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump a decade earlier.
Trump has denied cheating on his wife Melania Trump with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.
Bragg is reportedly planning to seek an indictment against Trump for allegedly falsifying business records by writing off the payment as legal fees to Cohen.
That offense would ordinarily be a misdemeanor under state law, but Bragg is considering a novel legal theory that would elevate it to a felony on the grounds that it allegedly was committed in furtherance of violating federal campaign finance rules, according to the New York Times.
The grand jury is reportedly scheduled to reconvene on Monday to consider the Trump case.
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