Questions Raised About Political Motives Behind Trump Prosecution

The revelation that Matthew Colangelo, a senior counsel in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office leading the “hush money” case against former President Donald Trump, has ties to the Democratic Party has raised concerns about the political motivations behind the prosecution. Colangelo previously worked as a political consultant for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2018 and donated to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

“I just uncovered that the Far Left NYC prosecutor sent from Biden’s DOJ to arrest President Trump was PAID BY THE DNC” House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) tweeted. She called Colangelo’s involvement “ILLEGAL ELECTION INTERFERENCE” and argued it demonstrates the prosecution is politically driven.

Before joining District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office, Colangelo held several positions in the Obama administration, including chief of staff at the Department of Labor deputy assistant attorney general in the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division and deputy director of the president’s National Economic Council. He also co-authored op-eds criticizing Trump administration policies.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has requested documents from Colangelo’s tenure at the Justice Department where he served as the third-ranking official before joining Bragg’s office. “That a former senior Biden Justice Department official is now leading the prosecution of President Biden’s chief political rival only adds to the perception that the Biden Justice Department is politicized and weaponized” Jordan wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland.

Federal Election Commission records show the DNC paid Colangelo $12,000 for political consulting services in January 2018. He also donated $400 to Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008.

Bragg’s office indicted Trump in March 2023 on 34 felony counts related to the alleged falsification of business records in connection with “hush money” payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. During opening statements, Colangelo claimed Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen engaged in a “criminal scheme to corrupt the 2016 election,” although the case is not federal and the payments occurred after Trump took office.