Dying menace to Manhattan DA Bragg
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg arrives at the district attorney’s office as his office investigates $130,000 paid to Stormy Daniels, a porn star who said she was, in the final weeks of former US President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006 when he was married to his current wife Melania on March 24, 2023 in New York City, USA.
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Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg was threatened with assassination in a letter containing powder, hours after former President Donald Trump warned on Friday of “possible death and destruction” if he was found out by a grand jury in one of Bragg’s criminal proceedings would be charged.
“ALVIN: I WILL KILL YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!” said the typewritten note in a letter contained in an envelope addressed to Bragg, WNBC reported, citing law enforcement sources.
The letter, which contained an Orlando, Fla., postmark dated Tuesday, was found in the DA’s mail room in a lower Manhattan building after it was received at 11:40 a.m. ET Friday. The white powder in the envelope is harmless, said the New York City Police Department CNBC.
A DA spokeswoman said, “The DA has informed the bureau that it was immediately contained and that the NYPD Emergency Services Unit and NYC Department of Environment have determined that there is no hazardous substance.”
NYPD investigators and the FBI, which has an office nearby, were on hand to investigate the letter.
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The threat against Bragg is one of several hundred threats received in recent weeks as the district attorney’s office nears the end of its investigation into Trump, a senior New York law enforcement official told WNBC.
Several dozen of these threats were deemed serious threats of direct harm to Bragg, although their credibility varies, according to the official.
Security officials are closely monitoring and investigating the threats, the law enforcement official added.
Bragg is investigating a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels by Trump’s then-lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen just ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
In an office-wide email to employees Friday afternoon, Bragg wrote, “I know it hasn’t been easy” with the “attention and safety of the press in our office,” according to a source who received the email, NBC reported news.
Bragg also thanked the staff for their “strength and professionalism during this time.”
“We will continue to apply the law equally and fairly,” he wrote.
A grand jury has heard testimony in the Trump inquest but had Friday off.
Trump predicted last weekend that he would be arrested Tuesday in Bragg’s investigation, but that didn’t happen.
On Thursday, Trump lashed out at Bragg in a social media post, calling him a “Soros-backed animal” by George.
After 1 a.m. Friday morning, Trump claimed Bragg is “a degenerate psychopath who really hates the US” as he condemned the investigation and warned of the potential for violence if he was charged.
“What kind of person can accuse another person, in this case a former President of the United States, who received more votes than any sitting President in history, and front runner (by far!) for the Republican Party nomination, of a crime when all know that NO crime was committed, and also know that potential death and destruction from such false charges could be catastrophic for our country?” Trump wrote.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she will be dancing in the street if Trump is indicted in the case.
She accepted Cohen’s $130,000 hush money payment to keep her silent about an alleged one-time sexual rendezvous with Trump. He denies having had sex with the porn film actor.