Federal Indictment Could Pause Progress on Other Trump Cases

The case brought by Alvin Bragg, Manhattan’s District Attorney funded by Soros, against President Donald Trump is likely to be put on hold in the wake of his federal indictment in Miami on 37 criminal counts on Tuesday. All other Trump cases will also likely follow this pattern.

Alex Wagner, an MSNBC reporter, spoke to Letitia J. James, New York Attorney-General, during a panel discussion at the Tribeca Film Festival. She said that her civil case against Trump and Alvin Bragg, as well as the case currently pending in Georgia, are expected to all be halted in favor of the federal lawsuit against Trump.

James stated, “It is likely that my case as well as DA Bragg’s and the Georgia case will be postponed pending the result of the federal case.” It all depends on the scheduling of the case. I know that there will be a flood of motions. There’ll be motions to dismiss and discovery issues. It really depends. We all want to know how Judge Cannon will act and whether she is going to delay the case.

James’ case against Trump, filed shortly before the midterm elections, alleges Trump committed fraud when he overvalued his Mar-a-Lago property while securing loans. Bill Barr, the former attorney general, dismissed James’ lawsuit as a political hit job.

“This woman campaigned to get elected, saying she would go after Trump. I find this a huge abuse of power, to go hunting for individuals and target them. I believe she was targeting Trump. This is after three years of a civil suit, in which the main point is that when the Trump Organization borrowed money, Trump personally guarantee those loans.

Alvin Bragg’s case against Trump has a similar weakness. Bragg, just like James, ran on the promise of prosecuting Trump. The best he could manage was to elevate a misdemeanor violation in campaign finance (which would normally result in the victim paying a fine) to a felony and charge Trump with the same crime 34 times. Republicans in Congress are looking into Bragg’s abuses of power and politicization of justice.

Neama Rahmani is a former federal prosecutor, and the president of West Coast Trial Lawyers. She agrees that some cases are likely to be put on hold. “James’ case, if there is one, will be pushed back to allow for the federal trial. The Southern District of Florida is known as a “rocket docket” that moves cases quickly. Trump’s attorneys and Judge Cannon might slow down the process, but the federal case will have priority over the Georgia state case which hasn’t been filed yet,” Rahmani said to Newsweek. The New York prosecution will be more difficult. This indictment came first and we have already set a trial date for March. I can see Merchan keeping this date, especially if the Miami trial could happen in 2023 or 2024.