An ex-Manhattan prosecutor who was investigating former President Donald Trump’s business dealings said in his February resignation letter that he believes Trump is “guilty of numerous felony violations.”
In the letter, published Thursday by the New York Times, Mark Pomerantz wrote that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg would not authorize prosecution of the case he and another attorney, Carey Dunne, had built against the former president — a decision Pomerantz called a “grave failure of justice.”
“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 said.
He additionally wrote that the team investigating Trump “harbors no doubt about whether he committed crimes — he did.”
Trump has not been indicted. If that were to occur, it would make him the first American president to face criminal charges.
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Danielle Filson, a spokesperson for the Manhattan district attorney’s office, told USA TODAY on Thursday that the investigation is ongoing.
“A team of experienced prosecutors is working every day to follow the facts and the law,” she said. “There is nothing we can or should say at this juncture about an ongoing investigation.”
Pomerantz, hired by the district attorney preceding Bragg to assist with the Trump inquiry, is a former federal prosecutor known for his expertise in white-collar investigations, while Dunne served as general counsel and had been advising the district attorney on legal, policy and strategic issues while overseeing “significant investigations” like the Trump inquiry and the “reinvestigation of the assassination of Malcolm X,” USA TODAY previously reported.
The pair resigned Feb. 23.
The investigation into Trump’s business operations in July produced criminal charges against the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg. The prosecutors detailed an alleged tax evasion conspiracy that spanned more than a decade.
In February, a New York judge ruled Trump and two of his children — Ivanka and Donald Jr. — would have to testify in the civil fraud investigation, summarily rejecting the former president’s request to disallow subpoenas.
Liz Harrington, a spokesperson for Trump’s office, told USA TODAY in an email that Trump “did nothing wrong” and called Pomerantz a “Radical Left lawyer.”
“It’s troubling how politicized our justice system has become, where Democrats are loaned out to gin up crimes against their political opponents,” Harrington said. “President Trump built a great business, and did nothing wrong. New York should get back to solving their skyrocketing crime problem, rather than spending so much time and energy on partisan witch hunts.”
Contributing: Kevin Johnson, David Jackson