More evidence of political pressure to block prosecution of Trump



1) Shayna Jacobs, Josh Dawsey and Jonathan O’Connell
“Prosecutor who resigned over stalled Trump probe says ex-president committed felonies, Washington Post, March 23, 2022 (9:27 p.m. EDT);

2) Shayna Jacobs and Josh Dawsey “Prosecutors in Trump probe quit after new DA seems to abandon plan to seek indictment of former president; Former Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance approved seeking an indictment, but his successor, Alvin Bragg, seemed uninterested, people familiar with the situation said,” Washington Post, February 24, 2022,(9:31 a.m. EST);

Two attorneys resigned from the Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation of felonies by Donald Trump and the Trump Organization, denouncing the new Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, for refusing to proceed with indictments against Trump and his organization.

Jacobs, Dawsey and O’Connell quote one of the attorneys as follows:

Pomerantz said he and his counterparts in the probe determined Trump broke New York law and that a criminal case against him was viable.

“In my view, the public interest warrants the criminal prosecution of Mr. Trump, and such a prosecution should be brought without any further delay,” the letter said, noting that the case has dragged on for so long because of obstruction by Trump and the Trump Organization.

Pomerantz said in the letter that despite what the investigative team had unearthed, Bragg’s office had “suspended indefinitely” the Trump investigation, prompting his decision to resign.

“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, suggesting that a further delay would jeopardize their ability to bring a case at all.

Bragg is a far cry from his predecessor, Cyrus aVance, Jr., the son of the former U.S. Secretary of State, and appears to have fallen under the nefarious influence of Donald Trum and his friends.

Bragg should be removed from office at the earliest opportunity, whether by impeachment or recall election.

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