Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) laid out the belief that the hush money case against former President Donald Trump is a politically motivated case being run by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

During a CNN interview on Sunday, anchor Dana Bash asked Vance if he thought Trump should be treated differently because he is a former president who is making another bid for the White House,

While Vance said that he does not think Trump should receive any preferential treatment, he raised issues with the current treatment of the former president.

“I don’t think he should be treated differently at all, Dana, but I certainly think he is being treated differently. The only thing that Alvin Bragg, the New York prosecutor’s team thinks Donald Trump did wrong is that he ran for president in 2024 and he looks to be on the cusp of victory. That is the only thing that this is ultimately about.”

Vance went on to argue that the prosecution’s case against Trump is weak and based on a legal theory which some experts have suggested is questionable given the theory is used to bump up misdemeanor charges to felonies.

“If you look at the underlying argument of the case, they can’t even identify what it is that Donald Trump did. They said he committed a paperwork violation in the service of a crime, but they won’t even specify the crime that he allegedly committed,” Vance stated, adding, “And I think that when you look at all of these attacks on Donald Trump, you have to be honest with yourself and say, this is not about law and this is not about justice.”

According to Vance, the New York criminal case against Trump and other legal cases brought against him are tactics meant to distract American voters from the reality of President Joe Biden’s administration.

“This is about the fact that President Joe Biden has a failed record as commander in chief and leader of this country, and the Democrats can’t talk about that. So what they’re doing is putting these trials out there and saying, focus on this, not on the fact that the world is on fire and the fact that you have gotten poorer under the presidency of Joe Biden,” Vance concluded.

In the Manhattan case, Trump is charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records to cover up payments in order to conceal damaging information ahead of the 2016 election. He has pleaded not guilty in court and the trial is ongoing to determine whether he is culpable.