Following his arraignment on Tuesday night, Former U.S. President Donald Trump asserted that he was a victim of election interference, and criticized New York prosecutor Alvin Bragg for bringing criminal charges against him.
Speaking to his supporters at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump stated that he had “never thought anything like this could happen in America,” and insisted that the only wrongdoing he had committed was to “fearlessly defend our nation against those who seek to destroy it.”
The former President denied all 34 felony charges of falsifying business records leveled against him by Manhattan prosecutors, who claim that he arranged payments to two women to suppress the publication of their sexual encounters with him before the 2016 U.S. election.
Trump accused Bragg of harboring ill will towards him, even before he knew him, and referred to the judge in the case, Juan Merchan, as “a Trump-hating judge.”
Trump reviewed his legal entanglements in a subdued tone, covering the various cases against him, including the handling of classified documents taken to Mar-a-Lago when he vacated the White House in 2021 and the election interference case in Georgia from the 2020 election. Trump referred to the special counsel pursuing the documents case as a “lunatic,” indicating the multiple legal predicaments he is facing as he makes another run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
He also stated that there was significant election interference on a scale never seen before.
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