Former acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker says that the potential indictment of former President Donald Trump is a political move to draw attention away from President Joe Biden and his mounting woes.
Last week, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Accountability released a report showing multiple payments totaling $1.3 million, which appear to have originated in China, being paid to several of Biden’s family members, as well as one additional account simply labeled “Biden.” The revelation was a significant disclosure for investigators exploring whether the Biden family is involved in corruption, or if Biden was bribed for access while he served in government.
As news of the report circulated, the world watched as the biggest banking crisis since the financial meltdown of 2008 unfolded. Whitaker says that a decision to indict Trump now would be to distract the public away from those events.
“This case could have been brought in at any time,” Whitaker, who served under Trump, said on Newsmax’s “Wake Up America.” “I think it’s so weak that they really don’t want to bring it, [but] this was the time to play the card if they’re going to play it at all, because it gets the attention away from Joe Biden and his terrible management, plus his potential political corruption with him and his family.”
Over the weekend, Trump posted on his social media network Truth Social that he learned through a leak that Manhattan Attorney General Office was planning to formally indict him over an alleged payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who claims the two had an affair.
On Monday Mar. 20, the day before his anticipated arrest, New York City authorities erected barriers around the Manhattan Criminal Court where Trump would be brought for arraignment.
Large crowds of demonstrators are expected following Trump’s announcement and call for supporters to “PROTEST, PROTEST, PROTEST!!!”
Whitaker described Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg as an “ideological left-winger” who is “suffering from Trump derangement syndrome.”
“He has targeted the former president with a lot of resources he has brought in from outside of his office to make this case, but it’s legally a very thin case,” said Whitaker. “There have been several legal experts, including myself, who have walked through not only the statute of limitations questions but also the question of whether or not this could ever be a felony.”
He also urged protestors to remain peaceful, called the case “legally weak,” and added that he expects the case will be thrown out.