The Silver Lining of a Dubious Trump Prosecution

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

One of the hazards of writing a daily newsletter is that, as political events play out, you may find you’ve already made the point you’re most eager to make.

I’m inclined to spend a few thousand words explaining why I think indicting Donald Trump for l’affaire Stormy would be a legal and political fiasco. But I can’t.

I already wrote that column.

The “too long, didn’t read” version: Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case relies on a questionable legal theory designed to boost a misdemeanor to a felony. Overcharging is unjust in any criminal prosecution but a reeeeeeally bad look in the case of a once and future president, when half the population is already predisposed for partisan reasons to view any charges skeptically.

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