Matthew Colangelo leads Alvin Bragg’s Trump investigation: report

Alvin Bragg and Matthew Colangelo

Alvin Bragg and Matthew Colangelo

The trial of the Trump Organization is drawing to a close, the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Brag (D) announced his appointment of a former Justice Department official to lead economic investigations, and that supposedly includes an ongoing against the former president donald trump.

this officer, Matthew Colangelo, has prosecuted two highly notable cases during Trump’s presidency, one against one of the former president’s actions in office and another involving his now-shuttered charity. Colangelo was part of the Justice Department team that stopped the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the decennial census — and was also among the New York Attorney General’s regulators investigating the Trump Foundation, the ex-president’s former charity.

Both parts of Colangelo’s resume feature prominently in the biography circulated by the prosecution.

“Matthew Colangelo brings a wealth of experience in corporate justice combined with complex investigations into economic issues, and he possesses the sound judgment and integrity needed to seek justice against powerful individuals and institutions when they abuse their power ‘ Bragg wrote in a statement.

The press release announcing Colangelo’s appointment does not emphasize Trump’s pending criminal investigation, instead focusing more generally on Bragg’s white-collar crime priorities. These include tenant rights and worker protection, priorities that Colangelo also highlighted in his statement.

“Expanded enforcement of worker protection and renter protection laws will make our communities safer for all New Yorkers and level the playing field for responsible employers and landlords,” said Colangelo, a former senior labor official in the Obama administration. “And supporting the District Attorney’s focus on financial crimes will promote trust in the legal system by making it clear that the same rules apply to all — no matter how powerful.”

The announcement falls as a jury started their deliberations in law enforcement at the Trump Organization. During the closing arguments, prosecutors reportedly told the jury that the former president knew and sanctioned every aspect of the company’s alleged fraudulent conduct. Ex-CFO of the Trump Organization Allen Weisselberg testified against the company after signing a cooperation agreement that accompanied their guilty plea.

Although Trump’s business empire and once-trusted loyalist have been prosecuted, the former president has not been charged with a crime.

Earlier this year, two of Bragg’s top prosecutors were investigating Trump – Carey Dunne and Markus Pomerantz – resigned in protest because they said the district attorney did not want to press charges against the former president. According to a letter received later The New York TimesDunne said they both believed they could prove “numerous crimes” beyond a reasonable doubt.

Former federal prosecutor Mitchell Epnernow a partner at Rottenberg Lipman Rich PC, noted that Trump’s star has declined since that time.

“It appeared that when Dunne and Pomerantz resigned in protest, Alvin Bragg had decided that he did not want to spend his political capital or organization on anti-Trump potential,” Epner told Law&Crime. “Donald Trump is in a much weaker position today than he was a year ago.”

Trump now faces a special counsel investigation into his handling of classified documents and the events of January 6, 2021, and also faces possible criminal exposure in multiple jurisdictions, most notably the federal government and another 2020 election investigation by the Fulton County District Attorney Fan Willis (D). Two federal judges denied his request for immunity in a lawsuit accusing him of inciting a Jan. 6 riot.

Spurred on by mounting civil and criminal liability, Trump appears to be bleeding out political and media support after Republicans’ lackluster midterm election performance.

The New York Posta Rupert Murdoch The tabloid, which was once Trump’s friendly territory for support, shattered the 45th president’s announcement that he would run again in 2024 – burying the story on page 26.

Given this turn of events, “Bragg may have more courage today than he did a year ago,” Epner added.

(Photo by Bragg via David Dee Delgado/Getty Images; Image by Colangelo via Department of Justice)

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