Manhattan DA says Trump criminal investigation continues

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Florence Regional Airport in Florence, South Carolina, U.S. March 12, 2022.

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The Manhattan District Attorney, in an unusual statement Thursday, sought to assure the public that his criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization is continuing despite the resignation of two prosecutors who were leading that investigation.

“The team working on this investigation is made up of dedicated and experienced career prosecutors,” said prosecutor Alvin Bragg.

“They go through documents, interview witnesses and explore evidence that hasn’t been explored before,” Bragg said.

“In the long and proud tradition of white-collar prosecutions at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, we investigate thoroughly and follow the facts without fear or favor.”

Bragg’s statement came two weeks after the release of a letter from Mark Pomerantz, who, along with Carey Dunne, resigned in February as the head of the Trump investigation after Bragg allegedly told them he had doubts about to Trump’s indictment.

“The team that investigated Mr. Trump has no doubts whether he committed any crimes — he did,” Pomerantz wrote in the letter.

Pomerantz said they were crimes related to “the preparation and use of his annual financial statements”, which “were false”.

Pomerantz wrote to Bragg that the prosecutor’s decision not to press charges against Trump and to suspend the 3-year investigation “indefinitely” was “contrary to the public interest.”

In his Thursday statement, Bragg said, “Over the past several weeks, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has been repeatedly questioned about our continued investigation of former President Donald J. Trump, the Trump Organization and its leaders.”

“It is,” Bragg wrote.

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He also dismissed reports that he was allowing a grand jury hearing evidence in the case to expire without filing an indictment.

“As anyone who has worked on criminal cases in New York knows, New York County has grand juries sitting all the time,” the DA said.

Bragg also said that while he understood “the public’s desire to know more about our investigative steps … the law requires secrecy during an investigation.”

Bragg also said: “Although the law prevents me from commenting further at this time, I promise that the Bureau will publicly declare the conclusion of our investigation – whether we complete our work without charges or proceed with an act. of accusation.”

The prosecutor also said that “as a state and federal attorney in the Southern District of New York, I successfully brought cases involving money laundering, witness tampering, mortgage fraud, ‘official misconduct and corruption’.

“And, I went wherever the facts took me, prosecuting two mayors, a city council member, an FBI agent, a former Senate Majority Leader, a district attorney and corporate executives.

“Indeed, litigation involving the former president himself is no stranger to me. As chief deputy of the New York State Attorney General’s office, I oversaw the successful litigation against the ‘former president, his family and the Trump Foundation.’

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