Cy Vance Jr., the former District Attorney of Manhattan, offered up a bit of advice this past Sunday in the wake of former President Donald Trump openly venting as he is made to deal with a highly unprecedented indictment.
As explained via an appearance made on NBC News' "Meet the Press," Vance claimed that the method Trump was using to try and chastise Alvin Bragg, as well as the judge overseeing the case, will only end up making the situation so much worse for the former president.
"I’ve got to say that I was disturbed to hear the former president speak in the way he spoke about the District Attorney Bragg and even the trial court in the past week," stated Vance to Chuck Todd, the moderator of the show.
"And I think, if I were his lawyer – and believe me, no one has called up to ask for my advice – I would be mindful of not committing some other criminal offense, like obstruction of governmental administration, which is interfering with, by threat or otherwise, the operation of government," Vance went on.
"And I think that could take what perhaps we think is not the strongest case, when you add a count like that, put it in front of a jury – it can change the jury’s mind about the severity of the case that they’re looking at," he stated.
Former Manhattan DA Cy Vance doubts Bragg's indictment: "I do not know if this guy's case is airtight or not." pic.twitter.com/3482dV6QVl
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) April 2, 2023
Despite the warning, Vance explained to Todd that he does not at all know if the case from Bragg against Trump is "airtight or not."
In response to the indictment issued last week by a grand jury, Trump is expected to have his arraignment hearing in New York. It will mark a massive escalation in the investigation that Vance handed over to Bragg when he departed office at the end of 2021. Trump has secured the title of the first former president to face criminal charges.
Despite the exact details of the indictment remaining unclear, Joe Tacopina, the attorney for Trump, explained this past Sunday to ABC News that he was certain they "revolve around" the issuance of hush money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election cycle to secure her silence about an alleged affair that Trump denies.
Being just a few months into his third presidential campaign, Trump has made the claim that he has been the direct target of a "witch hunt" and has openly denied any and all wrongdoing. He has also accused Bragg of "prosecutorial misconduct," called him an "animal," and stated that the district attorney sports the backing of an extreme-left billionaire, none other than George Soros.