Andrew Cuomo, a former governor of New York, charged that the grand jury investigations into former President Donald Trump conducted in Georgia and New York were politically motivated and a manifestation of a “disease in our body politic.”
Cuomo, a Democrat who resigned in disgrace in 2021 following claims of sexual misconduct, made the remarks this week while participating in “The Cats Roundtable,” a talk radio program on WABC 770. The former governor said he “doesn’t understand” why Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is “placing such tremendous emphasis” on Trump’s 2016 payment of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels, according to host John Catsimatidis.
The public is cynical; they don’t trust anyone, and when these prosecutors start bringing political prosecutions, it only confirms everyone’s pessimism, according to Cuomo.
“I don’t think it’s coincidence that a Democratic prosecutor is going after a Republican,” I don’t think it’s just a coincidence that a Republican prosecutor is going after a Democrat. I believe it is all political, and I believe that is what the citizens of this nation believe, he said. “And I believe that feeds the cynicism, which is the disease in our political system right now,” she continued.
Cuomo said with sarcasm, “It’s a coincidence that Bragg attacks Trump, Tish James attacks Trump, and Georgia attacks Trump. All of that is a coincidence.
Progressive Democrat Bragg is apparently considering filing charges against the former president over the hush money scandal. Since entering office last January, Bragg has declined to prosecute a number of crimes. Trump announced this weekend that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office would detain him on Tuesday on suspicion of making hush payments to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016. He made the announcement on his Truth Social platform. The declaration came in response to numerous allegations that Bragg intended to charge him in connection with the Stormy Daniels case.
But, Tuesday passed without an indictment. Threats to the DA’s office may have prevented such actions, but it is unclear.
Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen testified in front of Congress in 2019 that he gave adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 during the 2016 campaign to keep her quiet about an alleged liaison she had with Trump in 2005. Cohen, who admitted guilt and received prison time for the alleged payment, claimed to legislators that Trump paid him back in increments each month.
What allegations Trump is facing from Bragg’s office is unknown. The Trump Organization allegedly “falsely accounted” for the monthly payments as legal costs, according to prosecutors in the Cohen case. In New York, falsifying business records is technically a misdemeanor. Prosecutors in the Trump case must demonstrate that the behavior was conducted in connection with another crime and the former president’s “intent to defraud” in order to upgrade it to a low-level felony.
This week, Cuomo stated on a talk radio broadcast that he anticipated Trump to be charged with a crime, adding, “You can indict a ham sandwich… They’ll definitely be indicted, I’m certain.