Former United States President Donald Trump addresses a rally on March 12, 2022, at the Florence Regional Airport in Florence, South Carolina, USA.
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The Manhattan District Attorney, in an unusual statement Thursday, sought to reassure the public that his criminal investigation against former President Donald Trump and the Trump administration continues despite the resignations of the two prosecutors who led the investigation.
“The team working on this investigation is made up of dedicated, experienced career prosecutors,” said DA Alvin Bragg.
“They are going through the documents, interviewing witnesses, and looking for evidence that has not been investigated before,” Bragg said.
“In the long and proud tradition of white-collar trials at the Manhattan DA office, we are thoroughly investigating and following the facts without fear or favor.”
Bragg’s statement came two weeks after the release of a letter from Mark Pomerantz, who, along with Kerry Dunn, resigned from leading the Trump investigation in February when Bragg told them he had doubts about accusing Trump.
“There is no doubt that the team investigating Mr. Trump committed the crime – he did,” Pomerantz wrote in the letter.
Pomerantz said the offenses were “related to the preparation and use of his annual financial statements,” which were “false.”
Pomerantz writes that Bragg’s decision not to sue Trump and the DA’s decision to suspend the three-year-old investigation “indefinitely” is “against the public interest.”
In his statement Thursday, Bragg said, “In recent weeks, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has been repeatedly asked if our investigation into former President Donald J. Trump, the Trump administration and its leadership is continuing.”
“That’s it,” Bragg wrote.
He also removed reports that he was allowing it A grand jury In that case the evidence hearing was without bringing charges.
“Anyone in New York who has worked in a criminal case knows that there is always a grand jury sitting in New York County,” the DA said.
Bragg added that he understands that “the public’s desire to know more about our investigative measures … requires the confidentiality of the law during the investigation.”
“Although the law prevents me from commenting further at this time, I promise that the office will make public the findings of our investigation – we will finish our work without bringing charges or proceed with the accused,” Bragg added.
“As a state prosecutor and federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, I have successfully prosecuted cases involving money laundering, witness tampering, mortgage fraud, official misconduct, and bribery,” the DA said.
“And, wherever the incident took me, I went and filed lawsuits against two mayors, a city council member, an FBI agent, a former Senate majority leader, a district attorney and business executives.
“In fact, the case involving the former president himself is not foreign to me. As chief deputy in the New York State Attorney General’s Office, I have overseen successful cases against the former president, his family, and the Trump Foundation.”