Burgum Says Trump’s Hush Money Case Shouldn’t Have Been Criminal

North Dakota Republican Governor Doug Burgum spoke against the hush money case against former President Donald Trump. During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, he said the case should have been treated like a business crime not a criminal case.

“I’m a business guy. This is a business filing case. If it was anybody other than a presidential candidate, this would be a misdemeanor. How it got turned into 34 felonies, when there isn’t even the alleged crime, which is — they haven’t even convinced anybody there was a crime,” he stated.

“But if it were, it would be a Federal Election Commission crime. And that would be pursued by the federal courts, not by a county DA in New York. And so I think, again, Americans, the outcome of this trial doesn’t affect them,” he added.

Burgum went on to say that the trial only serves as “a spectacle for cable TV,” adding that “average Americans have already baked in what they think about President Trump, President Biden, they’re looking at the policies, not at the people, and they were better off under President Trump’s policies.”

The former Trump rival in the Republican presidential primary race went on to express hopes that Trump wins the general election in November, saying that he looks forward to January, 2025 when Vice President Kamala Harris would certify the election for Trump.

“I mean, the American people are the ones that get to decide these elections. But for both parties and for all Americans, we have got to make sure that every county, every precinct is beyond reproach, that everybody can be confident in our country,” he said.

“In North Dakota, we’re doing that. Nobody’s questioning the results of an election in any county or precinct in North Dakota. It can be done. It’s done all over the nation, except, in some cases, we have got — we could have a handful of counties that this election could turn on again, and we have just got to make sure that, when it’s done, both sides feel good about how it was counted,” he added.

Meanwhile, Justice Juan Merchan on Monday fined Trump $1000 for the 10th violation of his gag order which bars him from speaking publicly about jurors and witnesses in the case.

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