One of the prosecutors who led the Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation of Donald Trump last year and quit last month according to his resignation letter published by The New York Times claimed that he believes Donald Trump was guilty of innumerable felony infringements of the penal law in connection with the practice and use of his annual Statements of Financial Condition. He also wrote in his resignation letter that the office had more than enough evidence to win an acquittal of the former president.
He said that his financial statements were false and have a long history of composing evidence relating to his finances and lying about his properties to banks, to national media to counterparties, and many others, comprising the American people.
After reaching his home on Wednesday, Pomerantz confirmed that he had written the letter but refused to comment further. The letter was first published by The New York Times.
Bragg had grown suspicious of some of the statements made by Pomerantz and Dunne
Pomerantz enlisted the Trump scrutiny more than a year ago after leaving his position at the Paul Weiss law firm to serve as a special subordinate district attorney under Cyrus Vance, who was serving the last year of his term and decided not to run again for election. Over the period of time both Pomerantz and Carey Dunne, who served as Vance’s general counsel, became the face of the scrutiny.
Last year’s investigation led to criminal tax charges filed against the Trump Organization and Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg. The company and Weisselberg, who stepped aside from his position after being charged, have argued that they are not guilty and moved to dismiss the case.
After being sworn in as the new Manhattan District Attorney in January, Alvin Bragg kept Pomerantz and Dunne in place. According to Pomerantz’s letter, Vance had decided to seek an accusation of Trump late in his tenure. According to a person who was familiar with the investigation, Bragg had grown suspicious of some of the statements made by Pomerantz and Dunne. Danielle Filson, a spokeswoman for Bragg, said that the investigation was still in progress.
“A team of experienced prosecutors is working every day to follow the facts and the law,” Filson said. “There is nothing we can or should say at this juncture about an ongoing investigation.”
Pomerantz said in his resignation letter that Bragg had not opted to go forward to bring the case to a grand jury and was not seeking criminal charges at that time. He told that it was Bragg’s decision and he assumed that the district attorney made it in good faith but the decision was unfair, he further added.
Pomerantz wrote, “I believe that your decision not to prosecute Donald Trump now, and on the existing record, is misguided and completely contrary to the public interest”.
“Exposure of Pomerantz’s letter was tremendous,” says Horwitz’s statement
Daniel Horwitz, a former prosecutor in the Manhattan DA’s office said that the exposure of Pomerantz’s letter was tremendous.
Horwitz, who is with McLaughlin & Stern, said that he had never seen anything like this before and further added that Manhattan’s assistant district attorneys respected the decisions made by the district attorney because they knew that the DA was elected and they were not.
He questions whether any federal prosecutor would have taken this strategy upon leaving the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn or Manhattan.