Former prosecutor: Trump ‘guilty of multiple felony violations’

NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor who was leading the criminal investigation of Donald Trump before leaving last month said in his resignation letter that he believes the former president is “guilty of multiple felonies” and He disagreed with the Manhattan District Attorney’s decision. Not looking for charges.

In a letter published Wednesday by The New York Times, Mark Pomerantz told District Attorney Alvin Bragg that “there is sufficient evidence to establish Mr. Trump’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt” for the charges he had sought to secure debt and his image. Misreported financial statements to burn as one. Rich businessman.

“The team that is investigating Mr Trump leaves no doubt about whether he committed a crime – he did,” Pomerantz wrote.

Pomerantz and his former co-leader Kerry Dunne resigned on February 23 after clashing with Bragg over the future of the case over the Trump investigation.

Both were top representatives who were tasked with conducting investigations on a day-to-day basis. The two began investigations under former District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., and Bragg asked them to stay when he took office in January. Vance and Bragg are both Democrats.

In his resignation letter, Pomerantz wrote that Vance had directed his duties to present evidence to a grand jury and seek the indictment of Trump and the other defendants “as soon as possible.” No former president has ever been charged with a crime.

“I believe that your decision not to sue Donald Trump on the now and current record is misguided and completely contrary to the public interest,” Pomerantz wrote.

Danielle Filson, a spokeswoman for Bragg, said in a statement Wednesday night that the Trump investigation is ongoing and that “a team of experienced prosecutors is working every day to ensure that the facts and the law are adhered to. About the ongoing investigation at this time.” Can’t and shouldn’t say anything.”

A message seeking comment was left with Trump’s lawyer.

Trump has called the investigation a politically motivated “witch hunt.”

The Associated Press requested copies of Pomerantz and Dunne’s resignation letters under New York’s Open Records law, but the district attorney’s office rejected the request on February 25.

In its rejection, the office said: “The criminal case assigned to both the persons is pending; Thus, internal discussions about an ongoing investigation and the public release of letters reflecting opinion would likely interfere with that investigation.”

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office launched an investigation into Trump in 2019, first investigating payments of money owed to women on his behalf and then expanding into an investigation into whether the president’s company had mishandled lenders about the value of its assets. or misled the tax authorities.

So far, the three-year investigation has only brought charges of tax fraud against Trump’s company, the Trump Organization and its longtime finance chief Alan Weiselberg, related to lucrative fringe benefits such as rent, car payments and school tuition.

Former Mafia prosecutor Pomerantz was brought out of private practice by Vance to add his expertise in white-collar investigations to the Trump investigation. Dunn argued before the US Supreme Court in a successful, multi-year battle for Trump’s tax record.

After taking office in January, Bragg said he was proud of the continuity that Dunne and Pomerantz had brought in running the high-profile investigation as he took over the DA from Vance, who retired after a dozen years in office. Had happened.

Also in January, New York Attorney General Letitia James claimed in court filings in a parallel civil investigation that her office had uncovered evidence that the Trump Organization had “fraudulently or deceptively” of assets to obtain loans and tax benefits. evaluation was used.

Trump gave a statement of his financial position – an annual snapshot of his holdings – to banks to secure multimillion-dollar loans on properties such as a Wall Street office building and Florida golf course, and to financial magazines to justify his Is. place among the billionaires of the world.

His lawyers have argued that the statements were accurate, and that any attempt to turn a disagreement about the value of the real estate into a crime was politically motivated.

Some legal experts had said Manhattan prosecutors faced a potential hurdle in proving that Trump or his company knowingly falsified financial statements.

In his resignation letter, Pomerantz wrote that Trump should be prosecuted “without further delay”, noting that there is plenty of evidence relating to Trump being presidency, that tax return battles and other feuds stem from investigations. It was already long.

To see if more damning evidence can be found, they wrote, may fail, and will only “raise additional questions about the failure to hold Mr. Trump accountable for his criminal conduct.”

“No case is perfect. Whatever the risk of bringing a case, I believe that failure to prosecute will pose a great risk to the public’s confidence in the fair administration of justice,” Pomerantz wrote.

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