Romney Criticizes Bragg’s Decision in Trump’s NY Trial

 June 1, 2024

In a controversial move reverberating political circles, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg recently pursued a criminal case against former President Donald Trump.

A New York jury found Trump guilty on 34 criminal charges based on falsifying business records regarding a substantial payment aimed at influencing the 2016 presidential election, the New York Post reported.

Senator Mitt Romney from Utah, an outspoken Republican critic of Trump, took issue with Bragg's actions, claiming it to be a "political malpractice." Romney argued that the usual course would have involved settling the case rather than engaging in an entire prosecutor's trial, which he viewed as a tactical error-laden with political motivations.

Senator Romney Questions Biden's Pardon Restraint

Senator Romney further interrogated why President Joe Biden did not grant a pardon to Trump after the charges were slated.

He suggested that offering a pardon could have exemplified Biden as a forgiving leader, enhancing his stature in national politics.

Before the block quote detailing Romney's thoughts on how Biden could have utilized the situation, it is essential to note Bragg's immediate backlash, reinforcing Romney's belief: "Democrats think they can put out the Trump fire with oxygen. It's political malpractice."

Bragg should have resolved this case against Trump in a more customary manner. But he made a political statement with his choice. "Had I been President Biden, I would have immediately pardoned him when the Justice Department brought on indictments. Because it makes me, President Biden, the big guy and the person who pardoned a little guy," Romney remarked.

Trump's Appeal and Campaign Boost

In response to his conviction, Trump articulated his intention to appeal, positioning himself as a defender of the U.S. Constitution. Post-verdict, his campaign experienced a notable boost in fundraising activities, suggesting that his supporter base remains robust.

Romney, who supported the convictions during both impeachment trials of Trump, noted this dynamic while announcing his planned retirement at the end of his senatorial term. His critiques come from a standpoint of procedural fairness and political strategy rather than mere opposition.

Trump reaffirmed his commitment to fighting the verdict, encapsulating his stance, "We're fighting for our Constitution."

Incrimination and Romney's Retirement Plans

The ironic twist in the saga is Romney's imminent retirement from political office. His vocal disapproval of Bragg's legal strategy and his critique of Biden's inaction speaks volumes about his perspective on justice and executive grace in American politics.

The tide of events began ahead of Trump's trial, culminating with the jury's conviction on May 30, 2024. Following this, Bragg convened a press conference to discuss the ruling. Since then, Romney has disapproved of how the events unfolded last month, marking a significant chapter in his closing term.

In reviewing the situation, one can see Romney's ongoing concern with the methodology of legal and political maneuverings in the U.S. and his subtle nod to the potential implications of such high-stakes decisions. His forthcoming retirement only heightens the poignancy of his parting political critiques.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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