New York DA’s criminal investigation into Trump in which ‘evidence has not been previously examined’

The Manhattan District’s Atorrney criminal investigation into Donald Trump’s business dealings is ongoing, and investigators are assessing “evidence that has not been previously examined” as Alvin Bragg’s office is further investigated following prosecutors’ abrupt departure from the case. and the passing of a grand jury to hear evidence.

His statement on April 7 assures that the “investigation continues” and “follows the facts without fear or favour,” despite mounting public pressure.

“I understand the public’s desire to know more about our investigative steps. But the law requires secrecy during an investigation. It is a felony in New York for a prosecutor to disclose grand jury cases. And for good reason,” he said in a statement, pointing to potential consequences for witness testimony and manipulation and the right to a fair trial.

“While the law prohibits me from commenting further at this time, I promise that the Bureau will publicly announce the conclusion of our investigation — whether we end our work without filing a charge or proceed with a charge,” he said. he.

Meanwhile, “we will not discuss our investigative steps” or grand jury cases,” Bragg said.

“Basically, as we’ve said before, the investigation continues,” he said.

The investigation parallels a civil investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James, whose office Thursday filed a motion in the state Supreme Court to contempt the former president for failing to submit documents under a court order. command.

She also proposed a $10,000 daily fine for each day he failed to meet the deadline agreed by both parties on March 31.

Prosecutors Mark Pomerantz and Carey Dunne, who resigned in February, revealed they had sought criminal charges against the former president for what they characterized as illegal asset valuations within his family business.

They left office after finding that Bragg, who took office on January 1 following last fall’s election, had not yet filed charges.

“Prosecutors performing their duties cannot and do not only bring cases that are ‘slam dunks’. Rather, every case must be brought for the right reason, which is for justice to demand,” Bragg said in a statement. “That’s what I’ve done my entire career, no matter how easy or difficult a case is.”

Cyrus Vance, Bragg’s predecessor, also convened a grand jury to review the evidence over a six-month period.

A first grand jury has charged the Trump Organization and long-serving chief financial officer Allan Weisselberg, who has pleaded not guilty to criminal tax fraud.

Mr Bragg’s statement addresses recent “questions about the timing of the grand jury” and suggested his office’s investigation is not tied to its expiration.

“As anyone who has worked on criminal cases in New York knows, New York County always has grand juries sitting all the time,” Bragg said. “There’s no magic at all to previously reported dates.”

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