When two senior prosecutors leading a financial investigation into the Trump Organization abruptly resigned last week, the reason appeared to be inaction on the case at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Now, a response from the DA office to a public records request from The Daily Beast seems to confirm those suspicions.
Two prosecutors, Carey Dunne and Mark Pomerantz, resigned after an unnecessary, month-long pause during the group’s interactions with a special grand jury, New York Times reported last week. The duo became frustrated when the newly elected DA – Alvin Bragg Jr. – hasn’t read memos about the case for weeks and appears to have abandoned plans to eventually prosecute former President Donald Trump himself, according to washington articles.
Turns out, not only did Dunne and Pomerantz write their resignations, they wrote so much about the slow investigation that the DA office wouldn’t turn over copies of their letters.
In response to a public records request under New York’s Freedom of Information Act, the DA’s office told The Daily Beast that the letters would reveal too much information.
“The criminal matter to which both persons were appointed is still pending; Therefore, the public release of letters reflecting internal considerations and opinions about an ongoing investigation would likely impede that investigation,” law enforcement responded. on Friday. “Further, documents relating to the matter of attending a grand jury proceeding are exempt from disclosure.”
It seems Dunne and Pomerantz quit so suddenly that they didn’t even send a goodbye email to the senior team they led before leaving. The office told The Daily Beast that no such letters exist.
Pomerantz, who has extensive experience investigating corporate misconduct and financial fraud, was specifically brought into the Manhattan DA’s office a year ago to assist investigators as they review thousands of evidence page in the Trump case. He and his team analyzed the extent to which the Trump Organization lied about property values to minimize taxes or maximize tax write-offs on large properties in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Angeles and elsewhere. It also explores non-taxable fringe benefits for executives, such as luxury apartments and cars allegedly given to employees in lieu of a salary – reducing employer taxes for the company and income tax for executives.
Pomerantz will ask witnesses questions about Weisselberg’s loyalty and motives, according to two sources who spoke to The Daily Beast on condition of anonymity. Leaving the office means leaving the case.
The investigation into the Trump Organization has dragged on for more than three years and resulted in only tax fraud charges against the Trump family company and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg.
Dunne first began working in the DA’s office in 1984, leaving for decades in private practice and then returning to serve as the agency’s top legal counsel. It was Dunne who successfully argued before the Supreme Court that investigators should get copies of Trump’s taxes, overcoming years of delays from a president who struggled to keep them secret.
Pomerantz also had a flourishing career. He was a cunning investigator who was recognized in 1999 for successfully prosecuting John Gotti’s son, John A. Gotti, who followed in his father’s footsteps and eventually became head of the family. Gambino crime.
Pomerantz took a break from his white-collar practice at the private firm Paul Weiss to join the previous Manhattan DA, Cyrus Vance Jr., as the coroner’s office alleges tax evasion and property valuation fraud at Trump Organization. It was Pomerantz who often led interviews with witnesses and continually probed into how shady activity stemmed from Trump himself.
Neither attorney could comment for this story.
For months, legal scholars who followed the case openly questioned whether the case was rocked at the New York prosecutor’s office.
Manhattan has had only three district attorneys since 1975, and the change in leadership could be a significant confounding factor.
Vance, a relative moderate who led the office from 2010 until last year, was replaced by Bragg, whose candidacy was spurred by a nationwide wave of more liberal prosecutors. Bragg began his term by promising that his office would not prosecute low-profile crimes like resisting arrest or hopping on public transport without pay.
Danielle Filson, a spokeswoman for the DA’s office, released a statement last week that sought to forge any suspicions.
“We are very grateful for their service. The investigation is ongoing. We cannot comment further,” she wrote.
Those who hope the former president will be crucified in his long recorded history of dreaming of exorbitant real estate valuations may have to turn to a parallel civil investigation led by the Attorney General. New York manager Letitia James leads the way. Her office win in court two weeks ago, when a state judge ordered Trump and his adult children, Don Jr and Ivanka, to testify under oath about their roles in the Trump Organization.
While that incident is purely civil in nature – and will at most result in a fine for the company – any evidence gathered in that investigation will be turned over to Manhattan DA as an ammunition depot for the investigation. their criminal investigation.
And the other case didn’t go well for Trump, who was arrested talk too much and gave investigators more fuel to track him down.
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