Former US President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Florence Regional Airport in Florence, South Carolina, the United States, on March 12, 2022.
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The Manhattan district attorney, in a rare statement Thursday, sought to assure the public that his criminal investigation of former President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization continues despite the resignations of two prosecutors who were leading that investigation.
“The team working on this investigation is comprised of experienced and dedicated career prosecutors,” said District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
“They’re reviewing documents, interviewing witnesses and exploring evidence that hasn’t been explored previously,” Bragg said.
“In the long and proud tradition of white-collar prosecutions at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, we are thoroughly investigating and pursuing the facts without fear or favor.”
Bragg’s statement came two weeks after the disclosure of a letter sent to him by Mark Pomerantz, who with Carey Dunne, resigned in February to lead the Trump investigation after Bragg reportedly told them he had second thoughts about charging Trump.
“The team that has been investigating Mr. Trump is in no doubt that he committed crimes, he did,” Pomerantz wrote in that letter.
Pomerantz said those were crimes related to the “preparation and use of its annual financial statements,” which “were false.”
Pomerantz wrote to Bragg that the prosecutor’s decision not to file charges against Trump and suspend the 3-year investigation “indefinitely” was “contrary to 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 Organization, and their leadership is continuing.”
“It is,” Bragg wrote.
He also dismissed reports that he was allowing a grand jury hearing evidence in the case to lapse without filing an indictment.
“As anyone who has worked criminal cases in New York knows, New York County has grand juries sitting all the time,” the prosecutor said.
Bragg also said that while he understands “the public’s desire to know more about our investigative steps… the law requires secrecy during an investigation.”
Bragg also said, “While I am prevented by law from commenting further at this time, I promise that the Bureau will publicly declare the conclusion of our investigation, whether we conclude our work without filing charges or move forward with an indictment.”
The prosecutor also said that “as a state prosecutor and federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, I successfully brought cases involving money laundering, witness tampering, mortgage fraud, official misconduct and bribery.”
“And I went where the events took me, prosecuting two mayors, a city council member, an FBI agent, a former Senate Majority Leader, a district attorney and business executives.
“In fact, litigation involving the former president is no stranger to me. As deputy chief of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, I oversaw successful litigation against the former president, his family, and the Trump Foundation.”