Radical progressive Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is concerned that an upcoming book written by a former prosecutor could impair his efforts to pursue his investigation of President Donald Trump and his family business.
On Wednesday, District Attorney’s Office general counsel Leslie Dubeck wrote to publisher Simon & Schuster expressing governmental concern over the impending release of “People vs. Donald Trump.”
The book is authored by former Manhattan prosecuting attorney Mark Pomerantz and is expected to hit retailers next month.
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Dubeck wrote: “Based on the pre-publication descriptions of his book and the benefit of current knowledge of the matter, but without access to the manuscript, this office believes there is a meaningful risk that the publication will materially prejudice ongoing criminal investigations and related adjudicative proceedings.”
Pomerantz and another prosecutor resigned from Bragg’s office in February 2022 when the DA expressed public doubts about the case that was initiated against Trump before he was elected. In his resignation letter, Pomerantz indignantly claimed that President Trump is “guilty of numerous felony violations.”
Simon & Schuster has released a public statement for the book, claiming it provides a “fascinating inside account of the attempt to prosecute former president Donald Trump.” It says Pomerantz “tells the story of his unprecedented investigation, why he believes Donald Trump should be prosecuted, and what we can learn about the nature of justice in America from this extraordinary case.”
Dubeck’s letter stops short of demanding that the book’s release be delayed or withheld. It does claim Bragg’s “interest here is to protect the integrity of this office’s pending criminal investigations and proceedings regarding the former President.” The letter offers to complete a full review of the book within 60 days if given the opportunity.
Pomerantz issued a statement this week saying he is confident that his book and his official work on the investigation are “consistent with my legal and ethical obligations.” Simon & Schuster said it stands behind Pomerantz and intends to release the book as initially planned.
Last week, Bragg said he is moving the Trump investigation into its “next chapter.” Reports indicate that Bragg is reexamining payments allegedly made to adult film star Stormy Daniels. President Trump has denied any inappropriate contact with Daniels.
President Trump has announced his campaign for a second term in the White House in the 2024 election and is expected to use the Democratic attempts to investigate or prosecute him as part of his campaign.