June 23, 2024

Former NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Trump hush money case politically motivated

Countless liberals have cheered the New York hush money prosecution of former President Donald Trump from the second the indictment was announced last year, expressing their belief that it represented a long overdue legal reckoning, but one prominent Democrat has stepped forward to denounce the fact that the case was ever brought.

Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made headlines last week when he told HBO's Bill Maher that if Trump was not a top contender for the White House, Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg would never have initiated the prosecution that resulted in his conviction, as Fox News reports.

Cuomo holds forth

The surprising admission from Cuomo came during his appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher, and it was there that he and the host found common ground about the pitfalls of Bragg's pursuit of Trump.

Both declared that the case should never have seen the light of day, given that it bears all the hallmarks of a politically-motivated prosecution.

Cuomo pulled no punches, also lamenting New York AG Letitia James' civil fraud case against Trump, which resulted in a finding of liability and a staggeringly large fine.

“The attorney general's case in New York frankly should have never been brought,” Cuomo asserted, adding that even those who are ideological opposites of Trump find the relentless legal charges against him to be evidence of wrongful weaponization of the courts.

Cuomo suggested that Trump's conviction is not panning out the way liberals hoped for the simple reason that a large majority of New Yorkers – upwards of 66%, he said – believe the “justice system is politicized.”

Naming the real threat

Though Democrats, particularly those associated with Joe Biden's re-election campaign, continually portray Trump as an existential danger to the survival of American Democracy, Cuomo took a different tack during his chat with Maher.

“And you want to talk about a threat to democracy: when you have this country believing you're playing politics with the justice system and you're trying to put people in jail or convict them for political reasons, then we have a real problem.”

Beyond the theoretical, Maher noted the practical ramifications of the conviction for Trump, observing that the outcome, while not idea for the former president personally, yielded a massive campaign finance haul, calling it the “greatest fundraising bonanza ever.”

Overplaying their hand

Cuomo explained that in their fervor to help ensure Biden's return to the Oval Office, prosecutors in New York went to far, contending that “if his name was not Donald Trump, and if he wasn't running for president...I'm the former AG of New York [and] I'm telling you that case would've never been brought.”

“That's what is offensive to people,” Cuomo mused, “and it should be because if there's anything left, it's belief in the justice system,” and he is right to realize that Americans in large numbers have taken note of how much damage the left has done to it, all in the name of an irrational hatred of Trump.

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