Ex-attorney says he thinks Trump is ‘guilty of numerous criminal violations’

A prosecutor who led a criminal investigation into Donald Trump before he resigned last month said in his resignation letter that he believed the former president was “guilty of numerous criminal violations” and that he was not responsible. agree with the Manhattan District Attorney’s decision not to seek an indictment. In the letter, published by The New York Times on Wednesday, Mark Pomerantz told District Attorney Alvin Bragg that there was “sufficient evidence to establish Mr. Trump’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt” of the allegations. that he falsified financial statements to secure loans and improve his image as a wealthy businessman. “The team that investigated Mr. Trump has no doubts whether he committed any crimes – he did,” Pomerantz wrote. Pomerantz and his former co-head of the Trump investigation, Carey Dunne, resigned on Feb. 23 after clashing with Bragg over the future of the case. Both were senior deputies tasked with carrying out the day-to-day investigation. Both began the investigation under former district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., and Bragg asked them to stay on when he took office in January. Vance and Bragg are both Democrats. In his resignation letter, Pomerantz wrote that Vance had ordered his deputies to present evidence to a grand jury and seek the indictment of Trump and the other defendants “as soon as reasonably possible.” No former president has ever been charged with a crime. “I believe your decision not to prosecute Donald Trump now, and on the existing record, is wrong and completely contrary to the public interest,” Pomerantz wrote. Bragg, said in a statement Wednesday evening that the investigation into Trump is continuing and that an “experienced team of prosecutors work every day to follow the facts and the law. There is nothing we can or should say to At this point on an ongoing investigation.” A message seeking comment was left for Trump’s attorney. Trump called the investigation a politically motivated “witch hunt.” application on February 25. In its dismissal, the office said: “The criminal matter to which the two individuals have been assigned remains pending; as such, the release of the letters that reflect internal deliberations and opinions on an ongoing investigation will likely interfere with this investigation the president’s company has deceived lenders or tax authorities about the value of its properties.So far, the three-year investigation has only resulted in charges of tax evasion against the company of Trump, the Trump Organization, and its longtime chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, over lucrative employee benefits such as rent, car payments and tuition Pomerantz, a former mob prosecutor, was pulled out of private practice by Vance to add his expertise in white-collar investigations to the Trump investigation Dunne argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in a successful years-long fight over Trump’s tax records and Trump. on the prosecutor’s office for Vance, who retired after a dozen years in office. Also in January, New York Attorney General Letitia James claimed in court documents in a parallel civil investigation that her office uncovered evidence the Trump Organization had used “fraudulently or misleadingly.” asset appraisals to obtain loans and tax benefits. golf course, and to financial magazines to vindicate his place among the world’s billionaires.His lawyers argued that the statements were accurate, and that any attempt to sp into real estate value disagreements into a crime was politically motivated. Some legal experts had said Manhattan prosecutors faced a potential hurdle in proving that Trump or his company intentionally falsified financial statements. In his resignation letter, Pomerantz wrote that Trump should be prosecuted “without further delay,” noting that much of the evidence related to before Trump was president the investigation had already been protracted by the battle tax returns and other fights. Waiting to see if more damning evidence could be found would likely be fruitless, he wrote, and would only “raise additional questions about not holding Mr. Trump accountable for his criminal conduct.” “No case is perfect. Whatever the risks of bringing the case, I am convinced that a failure to prosecute will pose far greater risks in terms of public confidence in the proper administration of justice,” he said. writes Pomerantz.

A prosecutor who led a criminal investigation into Donald Trump before he resigned last month said in his resignation letter that he believed the former president was “guilty of numerous criminal violations” and that he was not responsible. agree with the Manhattan District Attorney’s decision not to seek an indictment.

In the letter, published by The New York Times on Wednesday, Mark Pomerantz told District Attorney Alvin Bragg that there was “sufficient evidence to establish Mr. Trump’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt” of the allegations. that he falsified financial statements to secure loans and improve his image as a wealthy businessman.

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

Pomerantz and his former co-lead on the Trump investigation, Carey Dunne, resigned Feb. 23 after clashing with Bragg over the future of the case.

Both were senior deputies in charge of carrying out the day-to-day investigation. Both began the investigation under former district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., and Bragg asked them to stay on when he took office in January. Vance and Bragg are both Democrats.

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

“I believe your decision not to prosecute Donald Trump now, and based on the existing record, is wrong and completely contrary to the public interest,” Pomerantz wrote.

Danielle Filson, a spokesperson for Bragg, said in a statement Wednesday evening that the investigation into Trump is continuing and that “a team of experienced prosecutors are working every day to follow the facts and the law. There is nothing that we can or should tell at this stage of an ongoing investigation.”

A message seeking comment was left for Trump’s attorney.

Trump 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 Act, but the district attorney’s office denied the request on February 25.

In its denial, the office said: “The criminal matter to which the two individuals have been assigned remains outstanding; as such, the release of the letters that reflect internal deliberations and opinions on an ongoing investigation will likely interfere with this investigation.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office began investigating Trump in 2019, first looking into cash payments made to women on his behalf, then expanding into an investigation into whether the president’s company deceived lenders or the tax authorities on the value of its properties.

So far, the three-year investigation has only resulted in tax evasion charges against Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, and its longtime chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, over lucrative employee benefits such as rent, car payments and school fees.

Pomerantz, a former mob prosecutor, was pulled out of private practice by Vance to add his expertise in white-collar investigations to the Trump investigation. Dunne argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in a successful, years-long fight over Trump’s tax records.

After taking office in January, Bragg said he was proud of the continuity Dunne and Pomerantz had brought to the conduct of the high-profile investigation as he took over the district attorney’s office from Vance, who took his retirement after a dozen years in power.

Also in January, New York Attorney General Letitia James claimed in court papers as part of a parallel civil investigation that her office had uncovered evidence that the Trump Organization had used “fraudulent or misleading” appraisals. of assets to obtain loans and tax benefits.

Trump gave his financial disclosure statement – ​​an annual overview of his holdings – to banks to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in loans on properties such as a Wall Street office building and a golf course in Florida, and to financial magazines to justify his place among the world’s billionaires.

His lawyers argued that the statements were accurate and that any attempt to turn disagreements over real estate values ​​into a crime was politically motivated.

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

In his resignation letter, Pomerantz wrote that Trump should be prosecuted “without further delay,” noting that much of the evidence related to Trump’s presidency, which the investigation had already been protracted by the tax returns battle and other fights.

Waiting to see if more damning evidence could be found would likely be fruitless, he wrote, and would only “raise additional questions about not holding Mr. Trump accountable for his criminal conduct.”

“No case is perfect. Whatever the risks of bringing the case, I am convinced that failure to prosecute will pose far greater risks in terms of public confidence in the proper administration of justice,” he said. writes Pomerantz.

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