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All eyes on Black prosecutors probing Trump (and their safety) amid looming indictment

by The Grio

As many await with bated breath whether former President Donald Trump will be indicted in a $130,000 payoff probe in New York, all eyes are on Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg — a Black man — who Trump recently called “racist” amid the looming charges. 

Bragg, the first Black person in history to run the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, could become the first prosecutor in history to charge with a crime a former U.S. president; a former U.S. president who is seeking another term; and a U.S. presidential candidate. He has already successfully prosecuted Trump’s businesses in a separate case related to criminal tax fraud. 

More broadly, Bragg is one of three African-American prosecutors seeking to hold Trump accountable through the legal system. 

In Georgia, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is continuing her criminal probe of Trump and his involvement in trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election in her majority-Black district. A decision from Willis, who is reportedly considering racketeering and conspiracy charges, could come as soon as this spring.

Meanwhile, in a civil case in New York, Attorney General Letitia James charged the Trump Organization with financial fraud and is moving to bar Trump and three of his adult children from doing business in the state. 

Trump has described each prosecutor as racist and at least one of them has had to contact the FBI because of “security concerns.”

The safety of Black prosecutors is a legitimate concern, according to political experts and members of Congress.

Christina M. Greer, associate professor of political science at Fordham University, told theGrio that Black electeds “always have to worry about safety,” reiterating the fact that America has “a history of Black political leaders being harmed, sometimes fatally.”

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