The Manhattan District Attorney’s criminal investigation into Donald Trump’s dealings is ongoing, and investigators are reviewing “previously unexamined evidence” as Alvin Bragg’s office left the office following the abrupt departure of prosecutors in the case and the expiration of a Grand jury to hear evidence under closer scrutiny.
His April 7 statement reassured that the “investigation is continuing” and “following the facts without fear or benevolence” despite mounting public pressure.
“I understand the public’s desire to know more about our investigative steps. However, the law requires secrecy during an investigation. It is a crime in New York for a prosecutor to divulge grand jury matters. And with good reason,” he said in a statement, noting potential implications for testimony and tampering and the right to a fair trial.
“Although the law currently prevents me from commenting further, I promise that the office will publicly announce the completion of our investigation – whether we complete our work without charging or proceed with an indictment,” he said.
In the meantime, “we will not be discussing our investigative moves” or grand jury matters,” Mr. Bragg said.
“In short, as we said before, the investigation is ongoing,” he said.
The investigation runs parallel to a civil probe by New York Attorney General Letitia James, whose office on Thursday filed a motion in the state Supreme Court to contempt the former president for failing to produce documents under a court-ordered subpoena.
She also suggested a daily fine of $10,000 for each day he missed the deadline, which the two parties agreed to be March 31.
Manhattan prosecutors Mark Pomerantz and Carey Dunne, who resigned in February, announced they had sought criminal charges against the former president over illegal asset valuations at his family business.
They left the office after noting that Mr Bragg, who took office on Jan. 1 after last fall’s election, had yet to produce an indictment.
“Prosecutors, doing their duty, cannot and will not only bring cases that are ‘slam dunks.’ On the contrary, every case must be brought for the right reason – namely, that justice demands it,” Mr Bragg said in a statement. “I’ve done that throughout my career, regardless of how easy or difficult a case might be.”
Cyrus Vance, Mr. Bragg’s predecessor, also convened a grand jury to review evidence over a six-month period.
A first grand jury issued indictments against the Trump Organization and its longtime chief financial officer Allan Weisselberg, who have pleaded not guilty to criminal tax evasion charges.
Mr. Bragg’s statement addresses recent “grand jury timing issues” and suggests that his office’s investigation is not bound by its conduct.
“As anyone who has worked on New York crimes knows, New York County has grand juries all the time,” Mr. Bragg said. “There is no magic at all to previously reported data.”