The Washington Post declared Friday that the indictment obtained by the Manhattan district attorney against former President Donald Trump is a “terrible test case for prosecuting a former president” in an editorial that reverberated throughout the nation’s capitol.
The editorial board of the newspaper stated in the article that the indictment that was issued Thursday evening is a reason for “caution and alarm.”
The editorial concluded that “President Trump deserves the legal scrutiny he is facing — which has come from many quarters on many points.” “Yet, the probable counts on which a grand jury in New York state voted to indict him are, perhaps, the least compelling of the long list of alleged infractions. Worry and care are warranted in the near future.”
Donald Trump is the first former president to be charged with a crime after a Manhattan grand jury decided to indict him earlier this week for his alleged involvement in a payment to Stormy Daniels in 2016.
From a legal standpoint, many have criticized this indictment, including liberal attorney and retired Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz, who said on the television program that the indictment unveiled on Thursday is the weakest case he has ever seen in his 60 years of practicing law.
According to The Washington Post, one of the campaign finance charges against Trump isn’t very strong when contrasted to a case comparable to it that occurred at the state level, where the charges were withdrawn.
The opinion piece notes that “the possible campaign funding accusation itself is questionable.” The trial ended in an acquittal on one count and a hung jury on other counts, at which point the Justice Department withdrew the charges against former Senator John Edwards (D-N.C.), who was charged by federal authorities with a similar crime after his 2008 presidential bid.
The publication declared, “The Trump charge is a bad test case for prosecuting a former president.”