Prosecutors who enacted a criminal investigation in New York have resigned

Prosecutors who enacted a criminal investigation in New York have resigned ...

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NEWYORK, Feb 23 - Two prosecutors who had been leading the Manhattan district attorney's criminal probe into former US President Donald Trump and his commercial practices have resigned, according to the district attorney's office on Wednesday.

The departures of Special Counsel Carey Dunne and Mark Pomerantz took place less than two months after District Attorney Alvin Bragg took over in an investigation into Trump's family business, the Trump Organization.

"We are grateful for their services," Danielle Filson, a spokeswoman for Bragg, said of Dunne and Pomerantz. She added that the investigation was ongoing.

According to the New York Times, Bragg had indicated to the pair that he had doubts about pursuing a case against Trump, citing people who are aware of the matter.

Dunne and Pomerantz could not be reached immediately for comments. Pomerantz had been brought in from an outside law corporation to investigate.

President Bush's lawyer Ron Fischetti described the departures as a sign that Bragg would not pursue criminal charges against him, even though nothing was clear.

"In my mind the case is gone," Fischetti said. "There's no doubt in my mind that they did it because there wasn't a case that they could prove, and there was no purpose in them staying there any longer."

Neither the Trump Organization nor its legal firm, Alan Futerfas, have immediately responded to requests for comment.

The resignations come as New York Attorney General Letitia James begins her civil investigation into Trump and his nameake firm.

Under a jury in depositions, a state judge ordered the former president and two of his adult children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, to answer questions in the probe.

Fischetti said the Trump family will appeal the verdict.

In May, James joined Bragg's criminal investigation.

Trump, a Republican, has previously denied wrongdoing and claims that state and city investigations were politically motivated.

President Donald Trump of the United States speaks during a speech at Conroe, Texas, the United States, January 29, 2022. REUTERS/Go Nakamura

James and Bragg are, as is Bragg's predecessor Cyrus Vance, who initiated the criminal investigation and did not seek re-election.

In a statement referring to the probe, a James spokeswoman said, "The investigation is ongoing and there is a strong team in place."

Both investigations focus on whether Trump misrepresented the value of his real estate properties.

Investigators are looking into whether values were reduced to get bank loans and reduced to lower tax rates.

Last July, an investigation into tax fraud involved the Trump Organization and its long-time chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg.

In what Dunne referred to at the time as a "sweeping and audacious illegal payments system," Weisselberg allegedly received millions in "off the books" payments from the company that had been not disclosed to tax authorities.

Both Weisselberg and the company are seeking dismissals. Fischetti described the charges against Weisselberg as "minimal charges."

In September, a new grand jury was formed to investigate how the Trump Organization valued its assets.

Fischetti said the term of the grand jury will expire in April.

While Donald Trump is facing several criminal and civil investigations, including in Georgia, where a prosecutor received permission to conduct a grand jury to investigate the president's attempts to overturn the 2020 election results.

Dunne, Vance's former general counsel, led the office's successful attempt to obtain Trump's tax statements.

While working on the Trump probe, Pomerantz, a former federal prosecutor, had been on leave from Paul Weiss' legal practice.

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