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New witnesses questioned in Trump investigation, Manhattan prosecutor says


In these roles, according to Mr Bragg’s statement, he “brought successful cases of money laundering, witness tampering, mortgage fraud, official misconduct and corruption”.

He mentioned prosecuting elected officials, including New York state senator Malcolm Smith and city council member Daniel Halloran for bribery schemes. And he noted the civil litigation he oversaw against Mr. Trump while in the state attorney general’s office, which included a lawsuit that led to the dissolution of the Trump family charitable foundation.

I know difficult cases and I bring the rigor that I brought to those here“, said Mr. Bragg.

Mr. Bragg, who took office on January 1, has had a difficult tenure. In his first week in office, he issued a memo pledging to only send defendants to jail and jail for the most serious crimes.

After a month of backlash — from police, business owners, elected officials and the public — the new district attorney issued a clarification pointing out that his prosecutors were not bound by the memo and had the power to manage their own affairs.

At the same time, Mr. Bragg was holding a series of meetings with Mr. Pomerantz, Mr. Dunne and members of Trump’s investigative team, as the two senior prosecutors sought to convince the new district attorney and his principals. aides to allow them to continue to present evidence to the grand jury about Mr. Trump.

But Mr. Bragg has expressed concern, The Times previously reported, particularly about the possibility that prosecutors could rely on the testimony of Michael D. Cohen, a longtime fixer of Mr. Trump who turned later turned against his former boss.

Mr. Pomerantz threatened to resign in January, but agreed to stay in order to make one last attempt to convince Mr. Bragg that the grand jury presentation should continue. He and Mr. Dunne conducted a series of meetings with the district attorney in February, hoping to convince him to charge Mr. Trump with conspiracy and falsifying business records – in effect, portraying the former president as a liar rather than a thief.

But Mr Bragg remained skeptical and on February 22 told Mr Pomerantz and Mr Dunne he was not ready to continue. They quit the next day.

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