6 things about ex-Manhattan prosecutor Mark Pomerantz's new book on the case against Trump
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NEW YORK — “People vs. Donald Trump: An Inside Account” hit bookshelves Tuesday with a slew of never-before-revealed details about the battle to hold the former president accountable for a string of alleged crimes.
Mark Pomerantz, the former federal prosecutor who led the Manhattan district attorney office’s investigation into Trump, wrote the tell-all and revealed the dramatic inside story of why his last boss, District Attorney Alvin Bragg, decided not to pull the trigger.
Pomerantz says Trump’s alleged crimes — from systematically inflating property values to paying hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels — amount to a decadeslong pattern of corruption comparable to that of a Mafia family.
Bragg, who inherited the case from former District Attorney Cy Vance Jr., allegedly decided the case was not ironclad enough to bring before a jury.
—What did prosecutors uncover about Trump?
Manhattan prosecutors are investigating an array of fraud, tax and other potential crimes committed by Trump and his eponymous real estate company.
The most damning evidence involved the Trump Organization’s alleged policy of routinely inflating the value of assets such as golf clubs, resorts and other real estate, with the goal of tricking banks into lending it more money.
“His empire was built on lies,” Pomerantz wrote.
Pomerantz, who joined the district attorney’s office in 2021 to lead the Trump probe, writes that prosecutors weighed charging Trump and his company under the state’s version of the federal racketeering law.
The case would have portrayed Trump and the Trump Organization as a sprawling criminal enterprise, doing whatever it took to make money and protect the future president. That included Trump University, Trump using his charity as a piggy bank for himself and pals, allegedly breaking real estate accounting rules and paying hush money to Daniels.
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