( – In a bombshell revelation, former New York governor Andrew Cuomo agreed that the case involving former president Donald Trump’s payments, often referred to as ‘hush money,’ was only brought to light due to Trump’s aspirations to return to the White House.

“If his name was not Donald Trump and if he wasn’t running for president — I’m the former AG of New York — I’m telling you that case never would’ve been brought,” said Cuomo, who resigned after facing a slew of sexual harassment allegations.

A recent ABC News/Ipsos survey found that 47% of Americans believe Trump’s conviction on 34 counts related to payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in 2016 was politically motivated.

Cuomo criticized Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for pursuing the case against Trump, arguing that it has eroded public trust in the justice system.

“New Yorkers said — 66 percent said — the justice system is politicized. And there’s nobody in New York who likes Trump,” Cuomo said.

“And still, 66 percent said the justice system is politicized. That’s why I think he’s not paying the same price for these verdicts, because they believe it’s political,” he added.

Moreover, Cuomo described the “real threat to democracy” as Joe Biden’s tendency to frame the 2024 election as contingent on the state of American democracy.

He expressed concern that manipulating the justice system for political purposes undermines public trust.

Recent polling data somewhat supports Cuomo’s assertions, as June Politico/Ipsos poll found that 40% of respondents, constituting a plurality, indicated that Trump’s “hush-money” conviction will not impact their voting decision in November.

Despite Trump’s declining head-to-head numbers against Biden since the conviction, his legal challenges have spurred a significant increase in fundraising.

Consequently, he has managed to narrow the financial gap between his campaign and Biden’s.

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