CNN guest calls out 'feckless Democrats' for not following through with investigations of Trump

On Anderson Cooper 360 Tuesday, investigative reporter and professor at Syracuse Law, David Cay Johnston, slammed Democrats for failing to follow through with investigations into former President Donald Trump. Johnston specifically named DC Attorney General Karl Racine, who settled for a relatively small fine in the investigation into the misuse of tens of millions of dollars by Trump’s inaugural committee.

“Part of the problem here are feckless Democrats who make a lot of noise, but when push comes to shove, they don’t act,” Johnston said. “Look at Karl Racine, the district attorney of — I’m sorry, the attorney general of the District of Columbia. No one’s explained what happened to tens of millions of dollars for the inaugural committee and the effort to take money off the books that I described in my book, and he settled for a $750,000 fine and dropped his case at that point.”

Johnston also called out New York Governor Kathy Hochul for failing to continue the investigation into the Trump Organization after the Manhattan DA suspended the case despite protest from prosecutors who believed they had enough evidence for an indictment.

“Under New York law,” Johnston said, “Governor Kathy Hochul has unfettered authority to take the criminal case away from Alvin Bragg, the district attorney who shut it down in Manhattan, and turn it over to another prosecutor. She wouldn’t do it.”

Video Transcript

DAVID CAY JOHNSTON: Part of the problem here are feckless Democrats who make a lot of noise, but when push comes to shove, they don't act. Look at Karl Racine, the district attorney of-- I'm sorry, the attorney general of District of Columbia.

KYLIE MAR: Investigative reporter and Professor at Syracuse Law, David Cay Johnston, appeared on "Anderson Cooper 360" Tuesday, where he called out Democrats for failing to follow through with investigations of former President Donald Trump. Johnston specifically named DC attorney General Karl Racine, who dropped the investigation into Trump's inaugural committee after settling for a relatively small fine.

DAVID CAY JOHNSTON: No one's explained what happened to tens of millions of dollars for the inaugural committee and the effort to take money off the books that I describe in my book, and he settled for a $750,000 fine and dropped his case at that point.

KYLIE MAR: Johnston also called out New York Governor Kathy Hochul for failing to use her power to continue a criminal case against Trump in Manhattan after the DA decided not to indict. Two prosecutors who worked on the case resigned in protest of the decision believing there was enough evidence to charge the former President.

DAVID CAY JOHNSTON: Under New York law, Governor Kathy Hochul has unfettered authority to take the criminal case away from Alvin Bragg, the district attorney who shut it down in Manhattan, and turn it over to another prosecutor. She wouldn't do it.

KYLIE MAR: Johnston also spoke about the former President raising hundreds of millions of dollars for the nonexistent election Defense Fund. Most of which went somewhere other than where the fundraising emails claimed the money would go.

DAVID CAY JOHNSTON: In a wire and mail fraud case, prosecutors could point to the fine print that says, well, we may use this money for something other than what we talked about if and show that that was part of the scheme to defraud people.

KYLIE MAR: And though, it's unlikely Trump will face any consequences for the scheme, Johnston believes it's worth looking into.

DAVID CAY JOHNSTON: I think this is one where the facts and circumstances presented to a jury. You can show the fine print is evidence that he knew he was going to scam you. I don't suggest it's an easy case to make by any means, but I think it should be looked at aggressively.

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