Questions have been raised about Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg after a top prosecutor investigating Donald Trump’s financial dealings said the former president was guilty of “multiple” felony counts and the decision not to indict him. Condemned it.
Several legal experts have reacted to revelations made in the resignation letter of Manhattan prosecutor Mark Pomerantz, who abruptly quit in February, amid reports the Bragg Trump Organization went ahead with a criminal case against Trump on felony tax fraud charges. Won’t grow
In Pomerantz’s resignation letter, obtained by the new York TimesThe prosecutor criticized Bragg’s decision not to pursue the investigation against Trump and feared that the DA’s hesitation would “ruin any future prospect” of prosecuting the former president for the crimes he alleges. Is.
Pomerantz began resigning, saying he believes Trump is “guilty of multiple felonies” in relation to his financial statements presented.
“His financial statements were false, and he has a long history of fabricating information relating to his personal finances and lying about his assets to banks, national media, counterparties, and many others, including the American people,” Pomerantz said. Wrote.
“The team investigating Mr. Trump has no doubt about whether he committed a crime—he did.”
In response, many legal experts have criticized how Bragg has handled the Trump investigation, which he took over from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who retired in December 2021.
In his letter, Pomerantz said Vance had urged the team to prosecute Trump and others “as soon as possible” because of the evidence against the former president.
MSNBC legal analyst Jill Wine-Banks tweeted, “No question now. Bragg stops Trump’s indictment. He has to explain. And, I want to hear from Pomerantz.”
Richard Signorelli, a former assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York, wrote in a series of tweets: “From my first day in office, [Bragg] One mistake after another, endangering the safety of the public. His incompetence in office has made him unreasonably hostile and cowardly with regards to holding Trump accountable for his career of criminality. Shameful.
“We ended up electing the worst candidate as Manhattan DA. Cowardly, incompetent, and a threat to public safety. I apologize again for supporting him.”
Signorelli added: “Dear Bragg, if there’s one mistake you make that will be unforgivable and unforgettable for us in Manhattan, it won’t hold Trump accountable for his criminality, guaranteed. You can still fix it.” Build Your Peace w/ Pomerantz & Done & Prosecution [piece of s**t] Sociopath.”
Attorney Robert J. DeNault said New York is going to “seek clarification” on Bragg’s decision not to proceed with prosecuting Trump.
“Within weeks of taking office, [he] overridden both his predecessor and line prosecutors who had concluded that Donald Trump was guilty of multiple felonies and decided to prosecute him,” DeNault said.
George Conway, a lawyer and outspoken Trump critic who is married to former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, said: “If Mark Pomerantz says this, you can take it to the bank. Me any day of the week.” Will trust his decision. Elected DA.”
In a follow-up tweet, Conway quoted Pomerantz’s line from his resignation letter about not prosecuting Trump for a “serious failure of justice” before writing “really.”
Trump Organization’s longtime CFO Alan Weiselberg has been charged in connection with the criminal investigation. The 74-year-old is due to stand trial on charges that he evaded taxes on more than $1.7 million, which he denied.
in a statement to many timesBragg spokesman Danielle Filson said the Trump investigation was ongoing.
“A team of experienced prosecutors is working every day to ensure that the facts and the law abided by. There is nothing more we can or should say about the ongoing investigation at this time.”
Bragg and the Trump Organization have been contacted for comment.