Headline RoundupMarch 22nd, 2023

Manhattan DA Rebuffs Republican Criticism of Potential Trump Indictment

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg pushed back against Republican criticism on Tuesday — the day former President Donald Trump said he would be arrested.

Key Quotes: “We will not be intimidated by attempts to undermine the justice process, nor will we let baseless accusations deter us from fairly applying the law,” a spokesperson for Bragg told multiple news outlets Tuesday, adding, “In every prosecution, we follow the law without fear or favor to uncover the truth. Our skilled, honest and dedicated lawyers remain hard at work.” The statement came after three Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee issued a letter on Monday demanding Bragg testify on the potential charges. Trump himself also criticized Bragg Sunday night, saying he was “BREAKING THE LAW” by using testimony from former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. 

For Context: Bragg, widely considered to be “liberal” or a “progressive,” became the first black Manhattan district attorney when he took office in 2022. Due to its location, Bragg’s office oversees many cases involving the wealthy and politically connected. 

How the Media Covered It: News media across the spectrum turned their attention to Bragg on Monday and Tuesday. Generally, negative coverage of Bragg was primarily found in outlets on the right, and positive coverage was found in outlets on the left. Some coverage across the spectrum sensationally framed Bragg’s response statement as “defiant” or “scathing.” Perspectives in right-rated news sources frequently framed Bragg as politically motivated, echoing criticisms from top Republican politicians.

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