On Sunday, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg needed to ensure that trust in the American judicial process was not lost as a result of the grand jury voting on Thursday to indict former President Trump following a years-long investigation.
In an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Manchin claimed that the indictment could potentially lead to Americans being divided and losing their trust in the justice system. He added that this was a “very sad time for America” and that people were divided on whether or not they considered justice to be “biased.”
He proceeded to state that they would need to see what happened in the next week and how they “do their job.” He also noted that “no one’s above the law, but no one should be targeted by the law, especially through the political process” so this is now a matter of waiting and seeing how thorough they will be in their case.
CNN anchor Dana Bash proceeded to ask Manchin whether he believed that Trump, who is currently running in the 2024 Republican presidential race, was being targeted by Bragg in this case.
Manchin replied that he was not saying that Trump was necessarily being targeted, but rather that Bragg needed to “remove all doubt” that the case is politically motivated. He added that regardless of the person’s status no one was above the law, but that does not mean that someone should be targeted by the law. He further said that it was now a matter of waiting and seeing where the case went.