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Can Alvin Bragg make his unprecedented case stick against Donald Trump?

By Joe Miller

05 Apr 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The criminal case against Donald Trump has been met with deep skepticism by many legal experts, the FT reports. The prosecutor faces the added challenge of having to enter unchartered legal territory.

For more than a year, a criminal inquiry into whether Donald Trump masterminded a “hush money” scheme to keep porn actress Stormy Daniels silent was thought to be dead and buried.

Federal prosecutors in New York had looked at the case and declined to pursue it. When Alvin Bragg became Manhattan district attorney in 2022, he reportedly believed it to be too thin, and subsequently shifted his office’s focus to a tax fraud case against the former president’s business empire.

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