March 19, 2023 at 10:01
CNN —Alvin Bragg, a former New York state and federal prosecutor, drew national attention when he made history as the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office first Black district attorney.
Now he is back in the spotlight as his office nears a conclusion in its yearslong investigation into former President Donald Trump’s alleged role in a hush money scheme.
Bragg has remained tight-lipped on the details of the latest Trump probe, which he inherited from his predecessor, Cy Vance, who began the investigation when Trump was still in the White House.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the former president’s remarks.
The office’s potential decision would mark the first time a former US president and major presidential candidate has been indicted.
The former president has called on his supporters to protest and “take our nation back” if he is arrested.
Bragg also led the suit against disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein and his company, which alleged a hostile work environment.
Bragg emerged the winner in a crowded Democratic primary in the summer of 2021 to lead the coveted Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, for which Vance had announced earlier that year he would not seek reelection.
“I think I’ll be the first district attorney who’s had a homicide victim on his doorstop.
I think I’ll be the first district attorney in Manhattan who’s had a semi-automatic weapon pointed at him.
I think I’ll be the first district attorney in Manhattan who’s had a loved one reenter from incarceration and stay with him.
He said his office would not prosecute marijuana misdemeanors, fare evading and prostitution, among other crimes.