Manhattan DA: Historic case against Trump aims to ‘ensure that everyone stands equal before the law’

DA Bragg delivered remarks after former President Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 felony charges.

News 12 Staff

Apr 4, 2023, 7:43 PM

Updated 438 days ago

Share:

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg stepped in front of the microphone following former President Donald Trump’s arraignment hearing, saying his office’s historic case seeks to “ensure that everyone stands equal before the law.”
Bragg said that more evidence has come forward since he became the borough’s district attorney, prompting the charges against the former president.
Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records. Bragg says that these charges are felonies that are meant to conceal other crimes.  
Bragg stated in his news conference that New York state election law makes it a crime to falsify business records to help a candidate by unlawful means. Federal election law, which contains contribution limits, points out that the high-wire $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels violated the federal limit.  
“At its core, this case is one with allegations like so many of our white-collar cases. Allegations that someone lied again and again to protect their interests,” said Bragg. “We uphold our responsibility that everyone is equal before the law. No amount of money or power is above that.” 
Bragg says that this was what he calls a “catch and kill” scheme, and that records were concealed withholding what he refers to as criminal info on Trump both before and after the 2016 election. 
Trump continues to deny any wrongdoing in the ongoing case. 


More from News 12
0:35
Police: Man accused of driving drunk in East Meadow with 13-year-old boy inside car

Police: Man accused of driving drunk in East Meadow with 13-year-old boy inside car

1:55
Pleasant Father’s Day with mix of sun and clouds on Long Island

Pleasant Father’s Day with mix of sun and clouds on Long Island

0:32
Red Cross: 18 displaced by house fire in Hempstead

Red Cross: 18 displaced by house fire in Hempstead

1:20
Rapper Ja Rule performs at Mitchel Field as part of Nassau County’s Juneteenth celebration

Rapper Ja Rule performs at Mitchel Field as part of Nassau County’s Juneteenth celebration

0:42
Hundreds participate in 45th annual Shelter Island 10K & 5K Run/Walk

Hundreds participate in 45th annual Shelter Island 10K & 5K Run/Walk

0:31
Suffolk police: Motorcyclist seriously hurt in Bay Shore crash

Suffolk police: Motorcyclist seriously hurt in Bay Shore crash

1:46
‘We lost a brother.’ Friends, loved ones remember ‘Rookie of the Year’ firefighter at Hagerman FD

‘We lost a brother.’ Friends, loved ones remember ‘Rookie of the Year’ firefighter at Hagerman FD

1:34
Early voting begins on Long Island for Democratic primary elections

Early voting begins on Long Island for Democratic primary elections

All lanes clear on Southern State parkway following overturned vehicle crash

All lanes clear on Southern State parkway following overturned vehicle crash

Is your dad awesome? Long Island tell us why your dad rocks!

Is your dad awesome? Long Island tell us why your dad rocks!

0:27
Police: Owner of Huntington restaurant, 2 security guards arrested during State Liquor Authority compliance check

Police: Owner of Huntington restaurant, 2 security guards arrested during State Liquor Authority compliance check

2:07
New beach rules limiting access take effect after shooting in Long Beach

New beach rules limiting access take effect after shooting in Long Beach

2:04
Kevin Jonas undergoes surgery to remove common skin cancer; urges fans to get checked

Kevin Jonas undergoes surgery to remove common skin cancer; urges fans to get checked

2:15
Police: Woman arrested for motorcyclist hit-and-run in Patchogue

Police: Woman arrested for motorcyclist hit-and-run in Patchogue

2:15
Oakdale residents call for Islip officials to hold owners of former Dowling College more accountable

Oakdale residents call for Islip officials to hold owners of former Dowling College more accountable

2:07
Study: Food insecurity becomes growing problem for Long Islanders

Study: Food insecurity becomes growing problem for Long Islanders

0:41
Mastic Beach street renamed for teen who was killed 3 years ago

Mastic Beach street renamed for teen who was killed 3 years ago

1:49
Baldwin residents & businesses call on Liberty to reimburse them after water main break

Baldwin residents & businesses call on Liberty to reimburse them after water main break

0:27
Police: Man accused of exposing himself outside Westbury church

Police: Man accused of exposing himself outside Westbury church

2:37
Police: 16-year-old shot in Long Beach following chaotic night with massive crowds

Police: 16-year-old shot in Long Beach following chaotic night with massive crowds