(CNSNews.com) – Former FBI Assistant Director and former FBI agent Chris Swecker said Friday that the case brought against former President Donald Trump by Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg amounts to “unethical prosecution.”
“As a former prosecutor, as a former FBI agent who ran all criminal investigations for the bureau, you look at several different things,” Swecker told Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria Bartiromo.”
“One, resources being used to even investigate a case like this when there are violent criminals running all over New York, running amok and the ethics of bringing a case that is based on a person who is a bigger liar than Alec Murdaugh and just the general weakness of the case and the existence of what we call exculpatory evidence,” he said.
“What this amounts to is an unethical prosecution. District attorneys across the country have tremendous power, but they have an obligation and a responsibility by the cannon of ethics that governs their law license to exercise that responsibility professionally and ethically and only act when you have sufficient evidence to bring a case,” Swecker said.
“This is clearly a political selective prosecution,” he added.
Swecker predicted that the case won’t get to a jury or even past the first motion – the motion to dismiss. He also predicted that Bragg will be “fighting for his law license when this is all over.”
“From a legal standpoint, you’ve got the underlying case, which is a misdemeanor basically, and then you’re trying to pump that full of steroids and make it a felony by saying it’s a federal campaign violation if you will. That’s a stretch just on its face because this was 10 years before he ran for election,” the former FBI assistant director said.
“They would have to prove that it was his own money. We know that Cohen has flip-flopped all over the place. He’s in jail, because he’s a liar, and not only do you have a weak, weak main witness, but you have other witnesses who have affirmative evidence going the other way and destroying — and in the process, destroying his credibility,” Swecker said.
“So it’s a case that I don’t think is going to get past the first motion, the motion to dismiss, there could be a motion for a directed verdict. I don’t think this case is ever going to get to a jury, but the fact that he just brought the case is the ethics issue here. I think Bragg is going to be fighting for his law license when this is all over,” he said.
When asked how likely it is that Bragg will be able to prove a felony violation beyond a shadow of a doubt, Swecker said, “If he ever gets in front of a jury, I mean, you can get an indictment pretty easily. Grand jurors are notoriously easy to manipulate, but getting to a jury of 12 and getting a conviction, I think is 99 to 1, and in this case, as I said I don’t even think it’s going to get past the first motion here.
“It’s highly unethical to even bring the case. Anybody that knows anything about how district attorneys are supposed to operate, there are cannons of ethics. He’s violating them and a selective prosecution. You go right on down the list here,” he said.
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