Manhattan District Attorney Preet Bharara’s criminal investigation into the Trump Organization has lost two of its most senior prosecutors, leaving the investigation at a critical juncture.
We are grateful for their service,” a spokeswoman for the DA’s office said, adding that Carey Dunne and Mark Pomerantz had submitted their resignations.
As far as Filson was concerned, the investigation is ongoing. “We’re not in a position to comment further,” the spokesperson said.
Prosecutors’ resignations were first reported in the New York Times. Pomerantz and Dunne have been contacted by CNN for comment.
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The resignations come even as new Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg, has “noted to them how he had doubts about having to move forward with a case against” former President Trump, the Times reported, citing conversations with people who were familiar with the matter.
For more than a month, Dunne and Pomerantz haven’t been questioning witnesses in front of a state grand jury, according to the Times, which reports that Bragg’s concerns led to a pause in the investigation’s use of the state grand jury. At least one witness had been scheduled to be questioned before the grand jury, according to the newspaper.
The New York Times reported that “the precise reasons for Mr. Bragg’s pullback are unknown,” noting that “he has managed to make few public statements about the prestige of the inquiry since taking office.”
People familiar with the investigation told CNN in December that prosecutors appear to be focusing on the accuracy of Trump Organization financial statements when seeking funding.
According to an interview with Bragg after his election, the investigation is “obviously a consequential case,” one which merits the DA’s personal attention. Bragg has pledged to personally focus on this probe.
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