Michael Cohen document dump raises questions about Bragg, DOJ motives

Former President Donald Trump’s hush-money trial in New York was set to begin Monday, but instead, a judge granted Trump a hearing to take place that day to review what Trump has claimed were nefarious discovery violations on the part of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

An eleventh-hour transfer of documents from the Department of Justice to Trump’s attorneys earlier this month prompted rounds of finger-pointing between lawyers for the former president and Bragg’s team over who is responsible for the delayed discovery, leading Judge Juan Merchan to schedule the hearing on the day the trial would have started.

Bragg, as part of his prosecutorial obligations, should have obtained the material from the DOJ and provided it to Trump long ago, Trump’s attorneys argued.

The attorneys accused Bragg of attempting to hide evidence about Michael Cohen from Trump and
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