Manhattan DA ‘indefinitely’ suspends investigation of Trump

It appears that the Manhatten district attorney’s office is no longer pursuing charges against former President Donald Trump.

Fox News reports that one of the district attorney prosecutors who was involved in the investigation of Trump has revealed that the investigation has been suspended by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. 

“Suspended indefinitely”

The prosecutor who made the revelation is Mark Pomerantz. He did so in a resignation letter that he recently submitted to Bragg.

“You have reached the decision not to go forward with the grand jury presentation and not to seek criminal charges at the present time,” Pomerantz wrote. “The investigation has been suspended indefinitely.”

Pomerantz went on to say that he doesn’t agree with Bragg’s decision and that this is the reason for his resignation.

“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 wrote. “I, therefore, cannot continue in my current position.”

Is it true?

A spokesperson for Bragg has disputed the claim that the investigation into Trump has been called off.

“A team of experienced prosecutors is working every day to follow the facts and the law,” the spokesperson said. “There is nothing we can or should say at this juncture about an ongoing investigation.”

Andrew McCarthy, himself a former assistant U.S. attorney, explained to Fox what this means, saying, “the technical matter of whether an office file is opened or closed is of no importance—the only thing that matters is are prosecutors actively investigating and is the grand jury collecting new evidence.”

Based on reports, the answer to both questions is “no.” Bragg has made it clear that new evidence would have to be found to indict Trump, and there are no signs that this new evidence is forthcoming. And, the grand jury term is coming to an end in April, unless Bragg tries to extend it, which also looks unlikely.

Background

This particular investigation goes back to 2019. The district attorney’s office has tried to get Trump on various kinds of fraud, including insurance fraud, bank fraud, and tax fraud.

Over the years, many have alleged that this is little more than a political attack against Trump. The fact that Bragg is not proceeding with an indictment of Trump would suggest that there was some truth to this view.