Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday falsely claimed that Manhattan has not tried a homicide case in a number of years whereas attacking town’s District Attorney.
The Trump Corporation and the Trump Payroll Corporation, two entities that exist below the umbrella of the Trump Organization, are presently on trial in Manhattan over allegations that they paid private bills for some executives with out reporting the bills as earnings, amongst different potential offenses. On Thursday, a prosecutor making closing arguments within the case claimed that Trump “knew exactly what was going on with his top executives,” even though the trial had not dealt along with his potential involvement as much as that time.
Taking to his different social media platform, Truth Social, on Tuesday, Trump lambasted the trial as a “witch hunt,” and made the incorrect assertion that homicide circumstances had not been tried in Manhattan in six years in an try and name the District Attorney’s Office’s priorities into query.
“Murder and Violent Crime is at an all-time high in NYC, and the D.A.’s office has spent almost all of its time & money fighting a political Witch Hunt for D.C. against ‘Trump’ over Fringe Benefits, something that in the history of our Country, has never been so tried in Court before,” Trump wrote within the publish. “Two weeks at trial, yet no MURDER CASE has gone to trial in 6 years, much to the consternation of victims mothers and families who are devastated that NOTHING is being done to bring JUSTICE. Too busy on ‘Donald.'”
Prominent examples of homicide circumstances tried in Manhattan within the final six years embrace the circumstances of Rod Covlin, a New York stockbroker who was convicted of the homicide of his estranged rich spouse after trying to border his 9-year-old daughter, and musician Nathaniel “Kidd Creole” Glover, who was convicted of manslaughter this 12 months within the dying of John Jolly, 55, whom he encountered whereas heading to work at a replica store in Midtown Manhattan late at evening.
Newsweek reached out to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for remark.
In the publish, Trump additionally claimed that violent crime charges in New York are at “an all-time high,” echoing related claims made by conservatives about quite a few main American cities. This declare can also be inaccurate, in response to information on main felony charges within the metropolis compiled by the New York City Police Department.
According to the information, there have been 488 circumstances of homicide or non-negligent manslaughter within the metropolis in 2021, down notably from 673 circumstances in 2000. The quantity was additionally surpassed as just lately as 2011 when 515 circumstances had been reported. Rape circumstances had been additionally down in 2021 in comparison with 2000, with 1,491 circumstances versus 2,068. Other classes included within the report, theft, felony assault, housebreaking, grand larceny, and grand larceny of a motorized vehicle, had been all down throughout the board in comparison with twenty years in the past.
Continuing the workplace’s pursuit of potential offenses dedicated by Trump or his many corporations, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on Monday introduced the hiring of former Justice Department (DOJ) official Matthew Colangelo as a senior counsel. Colangelo has intensive expertise in authorized issues involving Trump, having beforehand been concerned with a DOJ investigation into the Trump Foundation charity and the New York Attorney General’s opposition to the Trump administration’s try so as to add a citizenship query to the U.S. census.