A leading district attorney dealing with the Southern District of New York city‘s criminal examination into President Donald Trump exposed that the investigation has been put on hold “indefinitely” in a letter revealing his resignation.
Former federal prosecutor Mark Pomerantz, who came out of retirement to join the Trump investigation, handed in his resignation last month in addition to a blistering critique of District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s choice to stop seeking a charge versus Trump. In his letter, which was first reported by the New York Times, Pomerantz declared Trump was “guilty of numerous felony violations”” as well as claimed it was “a grave failure of justice” not to arraign the previous president.
Pomerantz as well as Carey Dunne, another district attorney, had been leading the examination into Trump under the instructions of previous District Attorney Cyrus Vance. They both resigned last month after Bragg had actually made the decision to stop the examination.
Trump has repetitively and aptly described the ‘investigation’ as a political “witch search” and insisted his innocence.
Most news reports on Pomerantz’s letter have actually concentrated on his complaint that Trump committed criminal activities. Rather than the DA realizing they didn’t have a viable case.
“The team that has been investigating Mr. Trump harbors no doubt about whether he committed crimes — he did,” Pomerantz wrote in the letter.
Nonetheless, Pomerantz wrote that Bragg “reached the decision not to go ahead with the grand court presentation as well as not to seek criminal costs at the present time.”
“The investigation has been suspended indefinitely,” he revealed, which indicates that regardless of what Pomerantz believes, the district attorney does not think that he can prove Trump committed any crimes in a court of law.
“Of course, that is your decision to make,” Pomerantz wrote to Bragg. “I do not question your authority to make it, and I accept that you have made it sincerely.”
He added that “a decision made in good faith may nevertheless be wrong.”
“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,” Pomerantz wrote. “I therefore cannot continue in my current position.”
According to the New York Times, Pomerantz, as well as Dunne, planned to charge Trump with falsifying his yearly financial statements, which is a felony in New York. Bragg, who was elected district attorney in 2014, took over the case after Vance’s term ended. But while Vance had moved the district attorney’s office towards a charge of the former president– which would certainly be a historical first– Bragg ultimately reversed that decision, doubtful there was adequate proof to win the case.
Fox News reported that district attorneys searching for Trump to have illegally inflated his financial declarations instead located that he had undervalued his possessions.
The details of Trump’s “Statement of Financial Condition,” which reported “his company’s assets, liabilities, and abilities to raise and use funds,” consisted of “caveats” which “refuted” asserts prosecutors anxious to charge Trump with crimes had actually made, according to Fox News.
“It is a great tribute to the system that Alvin Bragg came in and stopped the unfairness against Trump,” an anonymous source close to the investigation told Fox News. “Bragg and his team did the legally and morally correct thing, and they didn’t go the typical political route.”
“Bragg said the case is not provable,” the source included.
To the public, the District Attorney’s office maintains that the probe into Trump’s financial affairs “continues.”.
“A team of experienced prosecutors is working every day to follow the facts and the law,” a spokesperson for Bragg told Fox News. “There is nothing we can or should say at this juncture about an ongoing investigation.”
The fact of the matter is that the District Attorney is not moving towards an indictment of Trump, which offers a stinging loss for anti-Trump pundits who for years have salivated at the concept that “the walls are closing in” on the previous president.
The only indictments filed as part of Vance’s very advertised probe were tax fraud charges imposed against the Trump Organization and its finance chief Allen Weisselberg.
Weisselberg is implicated of falling short to pay tax obligations concerning $1.7 million worth of additional benefits, consisting of house lease, cars and truck repayments, and school tuition gathered from Trump’s firm. Legal professionals have actually called these fees “highly unusual,”
Both Weisselberg and the Trump Organization have actually pleaded innocent.
H/T The Blaze