(November 11, 2023)
Former President Donald Trump has revealed his next move after what he calls a “witch hunt” by “radical” district attorneys (DAs) in New York and Georgia. In a statement released on Wednesday, Trump said that he will be filing a class-action lawsuit against the DAs, alleging that they are abusing their power and violating the rights of citizens.
“I will not be intimidated by these radical DAs,” Trump said. “They are trying to silence me and my supporters, but we will not be silenced. We will fight back, and we will win.”
The action should be filed in New York federal court. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis are potential defendants. Bragg and Willis are investigating Trump for fraud, obstruction, and election fraud conspiracy.
Trump’s attorneys say the probes are politically motivated and violate his due process and equal protection rights. The DAs have also been accused of leaking material to the media to sway public opinion against Trump.
What Trump wants from the class-action lawsuit is unclear. Investigations against him are unlikely to stop by the court. However, the lawsuit may boost Trump’s prominence and energize his fans. It may potentially delay or stall his criminal procedures.
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Legal and political analysts will closely monitor the lawsuit. It may create a criminal justice precedent for previous presidents. It may affect the 2024 presidential election.
Trump’s class-action lawsuit shows he won’t back down from legal obstacles. He is also showing his fans that he will not be silenced.
The case may divide. Trump’s fans will regard it as defending his rights and preventing political persecution. His detractors will perceive it as a frivolous attempt to disrupt his investigations.
Too early to predict the lawsuit’s result. However, the case will clearly affect American politics. It will also challenge American judiciary independence.