The Manhattan District Attorney’s office announced on Friday that a new prosecutor has been appointed to handle a criminal investigation against former U.S. President Donald Trump,
following the resignations of two top lawyers who cast doubt on the investigation’s long-term viability.
Deputy District Attorney Susan Hoffinger will now be in charge of the investigation of Trump and the activities of his family firm,
the Trump Organization, according to Danielle Filson, a spokesperson for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
Carey Dunne and Mark Pomerantz, who had been overseeing the investigation into the former District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s actions, resigned from their positions earlier this week.
According to the New York Times, they withdrew after Bragg suggested to them that he had reservations about pursuing a case against President Donald Trump.
Reuters was unable to get in touch with Dunne or Pomerantz to obtain a comment. In response to a request for comment on Hoffinger’s appointment, Trump attorney Ron Fischetti did not immediately respond to a message-seeking comment.
In a statement on Wednesday, Fischetti stated that the departures signaled that “the case is ended” and that Bragg would not file charges against Trump.
It is the focus of Bragg’s inquiry, as well as a separate civil investigation by New York State Attorney General Letitia James, to determine whether Trump lied about the value of his real estate holdings.
Inquiries are being conducted to determine whether property values were overstated in order to get bank loans and then reduced in order to cut tax costs.
Former President Donald Trump, a Republican who served from January 2017 to January 2021, has previously denied any misconduct and said that both the state and local investigations were politically motivated.
He hasn’t ruled out running for president again in 2024, according to reports.
As is the case with Bragg and James, as well as with Vance, who did not run for re-election.
The criminal investigation culminated in tax fraud charges being filed against the Trump Organization and its longstanding top financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, in July of last year.
Both Weisselberg and the firm entered a not guilty plea on their behalf.
Requests for comment from the Trump Organization and its lawyer Alan Futerfas were not immediately returned.
Earlier this week, a state court supervising James’ investigation ordered Trump and two of his adult children, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump,
to appear in depositions and answer questions under oath. According to their attorney, the Trump family will file an appeal against the decision.
James stated on Friday that the appeal will have no impact on the investigation conducted by her team.
The attorney general’s office said in a statement that “no one is above the law.” “Make no mistake: my office will continue to prosecute this case without fear or favor,” James said.
She previously worked at a private law firm specializing in criminal defense before joining Bragg’s office in February as executive assistant district attorney and chief of investigations, according to her professional LinkedIn profile.
Bragg is a Republican. She had previously worked as an assistant district attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office in the 1990s.