Lead prosecutors in Donald Trump investigation leave Manhattan district attorney’s office

The two prosecutors leading the Manhattan prosecutor’s criminal case against former US President Donald Trump’s real estate company and its longtime chief financial officer have quit unexpectedly, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Carey Dunne and Mark Pomerantz, who led the investigation, resigned on Wednesday, the person said, less than two months after Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg took office. Bragg inherited the investigation from his predecessor, Cyrus Vance, who carried the politically charged case just before leaving office after 10 years on the job.

The resignations are a major twist in the investigation, which last year led to criminal charges against the Trump Organization and Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg. The company and Weisselberg, who resigned from his post after being charged, both pleaded not guilty and decided to drop the case.

The New York Times was the first to report the prosecutors’ resignations. The district attorney’s office did not return a call for comment, nor did Dunne or Pomerantz.

Bruce Green, a law professor and president of Fordham Law School’s Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics, said the resignations are a sign that Bragg has decided not to pursue any charges against the Trumps – the biggest question hanging over the case. — and that prosecutors disagree.

“If they were to sue these people, they would stay to help,” Green said. “The fact that they publicly resigned suggests they wanted the case to proceed and the prosecutor decided not to seek indictments against Trump or his family.”

The district attorney has not decided to dismiss the charges and no decision has been made publicly regarding further indictments.

Unreported benefits

Vance had accused Weisselberg and the Trump Organization of avoiding income tax by paying employees with undeclared benefits, including luxury apartments, cars and private school tuition. In his motion to dismiss the case, the former chief financial officer claimed charges were brought against him because he refused to cooperate with prosecutors and “go back” on Trump.

The criminal case is being conducted in cooperation with New York Attorney General Letitia James, whose office said Wednesday the investigation was ongoing and “robust.”

The Trump Organization has long maintained that the investigations are politically motivated. In May, Trump released a statement accusing James and Vance of being “possessed, on an unprecedented level, with destroying the political fortunes of President Donald J. Trump.”

Dunne became Vance’s general counsel shortly after Trump’s election in 2016, after a stint as a senior partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell, one of the most prestigious and successful law firms. profitable New York. Pomerantz, a former federal prosecutor turned corporate attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, had been appointed as a special assistant prosecutor on the case last year.

Weisselberg, whose motion to dismiss was filed last month and unsealed on Tuesday, argued the case against him should be dismissed because the charges were blocked by an immunity agreement he reached in a related federal case. against former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.

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