On Sunday, June 2, 2024, Little Rock Public Radio reported that U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) criticized the recent trial and conviction of former President Donald Trump in New York.

In an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Cotton said he did not believe Trump received a fair trial. He took issue with some of the individuals involved in the case, claiming District Attorney Alvin Bragg campaigned on prosecuting Trump and that the judge, Juan Merchan, was a donor to President Biden’s 2020 campaign. Merchan had donated $15 to Biden and $10 to a group aimed at stopping Republicans.

However, a New York judicial ethics committee said Merchan was not required to recuse himself due to his political donations, as reported by Reuters. Despite this determination, Cotton argued Merchan violated New York rules by financially supporting Biden, who was campaigning in part on holding Trump accountable.

Cotton went on to say Trump is an “innocent man who did nothing wrong.” He expressed hope that New York’s Court of Appeals would apply the law in a more even-handed manner, unlike Merchan. The Senator believed Democrats have weaponized the justice system to target political opponents, and that Trump’s conviction was the latest example.

According to the article, Trump plans to appeal the jury’s guilty verdict, which found him culpable of falsifying business records.

Cotton has been discussed in the media as a potential vice presidential pick for Trump, should he run again in 2024. However, Cotton said he is focused solely on his Senate work and not a potential VP role at this time.



Source: Little Rock Public Radio