Mar 24, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Trump guilty of numerous felonies, says prosecutor who resigned

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Former President Trump speaks to the crowd during a rally at the Florence Regional Airport on March 12 in Florence, S.C. Photo: Sean Rayford via Getty Images

A senior prosecutor who investigated former President Trump's financial dealings said he is "guilty of numerous felony violations" and called it a "grave failure of justice" to not pursue an indictment, according to a copy of his resignation letter obtained by the New York Times.

Why it matters: Mark F. Pomerantz and another senior prosecutor resigned last month after Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's probe into Trump's potential tax and bank-related fraud stalled. In his resignation letter, Pomerantz explicitly said he believes the office could have convicted Trump.

  • Bragg's office and Trump's lawyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

What they're saying: "The team that has been investigating Mr. Trump harbors no doubt about whether he committed crimes — he did," Pomerantz wrote in his letter, per the Times.

  • He called Bragg's decision to not pursue an indictment "contrary to the public interest."
  • Pomerantz and Carey Dunne, the other prosecutor who resigned, had been preparing to charge Trump with falsifying his annual financial statements, which is a felony in the state of New York.
  • If an indictment had been secured, Trump would've become the first U.S. president to face criminal charges, the Times notes.
  • "No case is perfect," Pomerantz said. "Whatever the risks of bringing the case may be, I am convinced that a failure to prosecute will pose much greater risks in terms of public confidence in the fair administration of justice."

The big picture: Bragg, who was sworn into office in January, has said the investigation remains ongoing, according to the Times.

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