FEC Commissioner: DA Alvin Bragg ‘Trying to Make a Square Peg Fit into a Round Hole’ with Trump Indictment

Based on the facts of the case, it would be difficult for a judge or jury to deem former President Donald Trump guilty of the charges Manhattan District Attorney (DA) Alvin Bragg has leveled against him, FEC Commissioner James Trainor says.

A Trump conviction would be especially dubious, given that the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have already considered – and dismissed – the potential federal campaign finance law violations alleged by Bragg, Trainor told The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard for Bedard’s “Washington Secrets’ column:

“‘It’s not a campaign finance violation. It’s not a reporting violation of any kind,’ said FEC Commissioner James E. ‘Trey’ Trainor.

“In trying to stretch the law to make it look like a violation,” he added, DA Bragg ‘is really trying to make a square peg fit into a round hole.’”

Additionally, Trainor listed three more reasons he believes Bragg’s 34 counts against Trump, mostly redundant paperwork violations, have no merit:

  • Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has already taken the blame and gone to jail in a plea deal regarding the alleged campaign finance violations.
  • The potential violations in question came well after Trump’s 2016 election, so they could not have been an effort to influence the election.
  • There’s no evidence that the $130,000 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels and the subsequent reimbursement of Cohen was an effort to influence the election, rather than for some other purpose.


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