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Investigation in New York targeting Trump | Two prosecutors resign

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(New York) Two New York prosecutors, notably responsible for a sensitive criminal investigation into Donald Trump’s affairs, resigned on Wednesday, a gesture interpreted by several American media as a weakening of this file.

According to New York Timesthe two prosecutors, Carey Dunne and Mark Pomerantz, “submitted their resignation after the new district attorney of Manhattan, Alvin Bragg, expressed to them his doubts about the possibility of prosecuting Mr. Trump” .

“This investigation is continuing,” replied AFP in a brief message written by the office of the prosecutor Bragg, refusing to comment further. “We thank them for their dedication,” he added to the address of the two prosecutors.


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Attorney Carey Dunne


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Prosecutor Mark Pomerantz

The criminal case relates in particular to suspicions of fraudulent evaluations of assets within the Trump Organization – which includes golf clubs, luxury hotels and other real estate properties – to obtain more advantageous loans from banks, or to reduce its taxes. .

If it relates to the same facts, the investigation is distinct from the civil file led by the Attorney General of the State of New York, Letitia James, in which the latter asked, for the moment in vain, the former president and two of his children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, to testify under oath.

The criminal investigation has already led to the indictment, last July, of the Trump Organization and its historic financial director Allen Weisselberg, in particular for tax evasion concerning the income and benefits of this close friend of the former American president. Donald Trump’s group and Mr. Weisselberg have pleaded not guilty and a trial is expected in 2022.

At the same time, a grand jury was also convened on the aspect concerning the suspicions of fraudulent evaluations of assets, to decide on possible indictments. It is in this aspect that the former prosecutor Cyrus Vance, predecessor of Alvin Bragg, had fought for months, until winning his case before the Supreme Court, to obtain the tax declarations of the former New York magnate, first American president since the 1970s not to have published them.

The resignations of both prosecutors come as a New York State Supreme Court judge last week ordered Donald Trump, 75, and his two children to testify in the civil investigation led by Letitia James. . The latter announced in January that it had gathered “significant evidence which suggests that Donald Trump and the Trump Organization have falsely and fraudulently valued a number of assets”.

The former president leaves doubts about his intention to run again for the nomination of his party for the presidential election of 2024.



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