Alvin Bragg does not accuse Donald Trump of being “shameful” – Legal experts


Questions have been raised about Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg after a top prosecutor who investigated Donald Trump’s financial dealings said the former president was guilty of ‘numerous’ crimes and sentenced the decision not to charge him.

A number of legal experts have reacted to revelations made in the resignation letter of Manhattan prosecutor Mark Pomerantz, who abruptly resigned in February amid reports that Bragg would not pursue a criminal case against Trump over allegations. of criminal tax evasion by the Trump Organization.

In Pomerantz’s letter of resignation, obtained by The New York Timesthe prosecutor criticized Bragg’s decision not to pursue the investigation against Trump and feared the prosecutor’s hesitation would “doom any future prospect” of prosecuting the former president for crimes he allegedly committed.

Pomerantz begins the resignation by stating that he believes Trump is “guilty of numerous criminal violations” with respect to his submitted financial statements.

“His financial statements were false and he has a long history of fabricating personal finance information and lying about his assets to banks, national media, counterparties and many others, including the American people. “, wrote Pomerantz.

“The team that investigated Mr. Trump has no doubts whether he committed any crimes – he did.”

In response, a number of legal experts criticized Bragg’s handling of the investigation into Trump, who he took over from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who retired in December 2021.

In his letter, Pomerantz said Vance urged the team to seek an indictment of Trump and others “as soon as reasonably possible” because of the evidence against the former president.

“No more questions. Bragg has stopped indicting Trump. He needs to explain himself. And I want to hear from Pomerantz,” tweeted MSNBC legal analyst Jill Wine-Banks.

Richard Signorelli, former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, wrote in a series of tweets: “From his first day in office, [Bragg] made one mistake after another, literally jeopardizing public safety. His incompetence in his duties made him take an unreasonable and cowardly risk when it came to holding Trump accountable for his criminal career. Shameful.

“We ended up electing as Manhattan DA the absolute worst candidate of all. Cowardly, incompetent and a danger to public safety. I apologize again for supporting him.”

Signorelli said: “Dear Bragg, if there’s one mistake you make that will be unforgivable and unforgettable for us in Manhattan, it won’t be holding Trump accountable for his criminality, guaranteed. You can always fix it. problem. Make your peace with Pomerantz & Dunne & indict the [piece of s**t] sociopath.”

Attorney Robert J. DeNault said New York will “demand an explanation” for Bragg’s decision not to prosecute Trump.

“In the weeks following his taking office, [he] overruled both his predecessor and line prosecutors, who had all found Donald Trump guilty of multiple crimes and decided to prosecute him,” DeNault said.

George Conway, a lawyer and vocal Trump critic who is married to former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, said: “If Mark Pomerantz says that, you can take it to the bank. I would trust his judgment n any day of the week on an elected DA.”

In a follow-up tweet, Conway quoted Pomerantz’s line from his resignation letter that not prosecuting Trump was a “serious failure of justice,” before writing “indeed.”

The Trump Organization’s longtime chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, has been charged in connection with the criminal investigation. The 74-year-old is to stand trial for avoiding taxes on more than $1.7million, which he denies.

In a statement to The temperatureDanielle Filson, spokeswoman for Bragg, said the investigation into Trump is continuing.

“A team of experienced prosecutors work every day to follow the facts and the law. There is nothing more we can or should say at this stage about an ongoing investigation.”

Bragg and The Trump Organization have been contacted for comment.

Donald Trump pauses during a press conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on February 29, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Legal experts have condemned the Manhattan District Attorney’s decision not to prosecute the ex-president.
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