Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R), Criticized the charges against former President Donald Trump as “very political,” claiming that the jury deciding Trump’s guilt should be made up of voters.
On Saturday (April 1), Bush, the brother of former President George W. Bush, tweeted the case that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg brought against Trump was “very political.”
The case centers around a $130,000 hush money payment Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in the days before the 2016 Presidential election for her silence about an alleged affair she had with Trump a decade before.
Bush highlighted that Bragg’s predecessors and other authorities — including the Department of Justice — had chosen not to pursue the case and that Bragg at first “said he would not take up the case.”
He described this as being evidence that the case is “very political [and] not a matter of justice.”
Bush, who ran against Trump in the GOP’s 2016 Presidential primary, added, “In this case, let the jury be the voters.”
Cyrus Vance Jr. was Bragg’s predecessor.
Vance served as Manhattan’s District Attorney for over a decade and initiated the investigation into the hush money payment.
Vance also succeeded in gaining access to the former President’s tax returns when the Supreme Court ruled in 2020 that Trump’s Tax returns be released as part of the investigation into the $130,000 payment.
Vance chose not to Pursue Reelection when his tenure ended in 2021, passing the investigation on to Bragg before deciding whether or not to file charges against Trump.