Trusty, who resigned from Trump’s legal team after the Justice Department indicted the ex-president over his handling of classified documents, defended Trump’s “right to be frustrated” with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and New York Attorney General Letitia James before criticizing the justice system.
“Look, I don’t have to sign off — or sign on — on anything that the president says,” Trusty stated. “But I can tell you that the grounds for frustration, the concerns about a two-tiered system, are legitimate ones.”
In recent months, Republicans have made allegations about a two-tiered justice system victimizing Trump, who has pleaded not guilty in multiple criminal cases against him.
GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, former Vice President Mike Pence, Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) and Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin are among the conservatives who have pushed selective prosecution claims in response to the former president’s legal woes.
Collins, on Thursday, told Trusty that she had planned to let him go from the interview but was now deciding to continue the discussion to check his remarks.
“You can’t really call it a two-tiered system of justice,” said the CNN anchor.
“Look at the number of Democrats who are being investigated right now. I think Sen. Bob Menendez would argue that it’s a two-tiered system of justice,” she said in reference to the New Jersey politician, who has pleaded not guilty in a corruption case.
“Hunter Biden? You’re using Hunter Biden as an example of equal justice?” Trusty replied. “I have a hard time with that.”
“I’m just saying you can’t call it a two-tiered system of justice because there are plenty of Democrats who are also being investigated by the Justice Department, including the president’s — the sitting president’s son,” Collins fired back.