A spokesperson for the Manhattan district attorney’s office said Wednesday that two top prosecutors involved in a criminal investigation of former President Donald Trump and his firm, the Trump Organization, have resigned.
Carey Dunne, a former mafia prosecutor who was recruited from private practice to help lead the investigation, has left the office, as has Mark Pomerantz, who championed the legal fight to get the former president’s tax returns and tax-related documents all the way to the Supreme Court twice and won.
“We are appreciative for their service,” Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg’s spokesperson Danielle Filson said in a statement, adding that “the inquiry is ongoing.” Filson stated that she would be unable to provide any additional information.
Dunne and Pomerantz did not respond to demands for comment right away. The Manhattan district attorney’s office was handed over to Bragg in January after the former D.A., Cyrus Vance, chose not to run for re-election.
The resignations occurred after Bragg began to back away from the inquiry and had paused grand jury testimony, according to the New York Times, citing two people.
Trump has not been charged with any crime in the case, and has referred to the inquiry as a “witch hunt” that is politically motivated.
Last year, the Trump Organization and its former chief financial officer were charged with a 15-year plot to compensate top executives of Trump’s company “off the books” and assist them avoid paying taxes, according to authorities. Both have entered not guilty pleas.
Prosecutors claim the corporation used an “orchestrated” plot to pay executives “off the books” in order to avoid paying taxes.
“Contrary to today’s allegation by the company’s former CEO [Trump], this is not a’standard practice in the business community, nor was it the conduct of a rogue or isolated employee,” Dunne stated in court at the time.
“Rather, it was planned by the company’s most senior executives, who benefited financially from secret pay rises at the expense of state and federal taxpayers,” Dunne said.
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Pomerantz was engaged by Vance to work on the case because of his experience with white collar and sophisticated financial crimes, and he participated in witness interviews, according to NBC News.
Bragg lauded Dunne and Pomerantz as “two very good lawyers” and said he hoped they would stay on the case in an interview with CNN before taking office.