Manhattan DA hires a new attack dog to go after Trump: Alvin Bragg brings in a lawyer who worked for Obama and former President nemesis Letitia James, as investigators zero in on Stormy Daniels’ hush money payments
- Matthew Colangelo has served as a former senior DOJ official
- He also oversaw the state AG’s investigation of Trump.
- He now joins the Manhattan district attorney’s office.
- District Attorney Alvin Bragg said the hiring shows that “the same rules apply to everyone, no matter how powerful.”
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is bolstering his investigative team by hiring a senior Justice Department official with experience investigating former President Donald Trump.
The hiring, of former high-level DOJ official Matthew Colangelo, comes despite two other officials give up earlier this year amid suggestions that Bragg would not aggressively pursue a case against the former president.
It will help guide the “most sensitive and high-profile white-collar investigations,” Bragg said in a statement.
Colangelo will “promote trust in the legal system by making it clear that the same rules apply to everyone, no matter how powerful,” Bragg said in a statement, in a statement that evoked the nation’s most prominent defendant in a series of legal actions.
Bragg’s office has said that the Trump investigation is ongoing.
Former Justice Department official Matthew Colangelo joins Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s team with a focus on white collar crime. He helped lead the New York AG’s Trump investigations.
By hiring Colangelo, Bragg is hiring an official who has experience investigating Trump’s expanding business interest, amid signs his office is reviewing secret payments to porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump.
If you follow the reports, Bragg has returned to pursuing the years-old Stormy Daniels case after refusing to prosecute Trump and his company. New York Attorney General Letitia James is filing a $250 million civil lawsuit against Trump’s company, which she accuses of engaging in fraudulent business practices to evade taxes.
Trump has repeatedly denied wrongdoing in his business and denies having an affair with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, and has called the investigations against him part of a “witch hunt.”
“Matthew Colangelo brings a wealth of experience in economic justice combined with complex white-collar investigations, and he has the good judgment and integrity to seek justice against powerful individuals and institutions when they abuse their power,” Bragg told the New York Timeswho informed of his recruitment.
Colangelo will “promote trust in the legal system by making it clear that the same rules apply to everyone, no matter how powerful,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a statement.
New York AG Letitia James filed a $250 million civil lawsuit against the Trump Organization
Former President Donald Trump is facing a series of investigations, including a DOJ investigation into government documents at Mar-a-Lago and a January 6 investigation.
A jury began deliberations Monday in a case Bragg’s office brought against the Trump Organization in a criminal tax fraud trial.
Colangelo served as acting associate attorney general at the Justice Department and led the New York AG’s investigation of Trump.
He earned high marks from an Obama administration official he worked for, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez.
“Matthew is the perfect person for a job of this sensitivity, because he is unflappable, legally brilliant, has impeccable judgment and is humble enough to involve people who have been around the block,” he said.
Bragg took office earlier this year after Attorney General Cy Vance, Jr. investigated but did not indict Trump in a lengthy probe into his finances.
James, in his own civil case, accuses Trump of inflating the value of the company’s assets by billions by taking out loans, accusing him of practicing the “art of theft.”
Colangelo and Bragg previously worked together in the attorney general’s office.
He also helped investigate the Trump Foundation.