Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg desires to pause the publication of a tell-all e-book about his workplace’s investigation into former President Donald Trump — to verify nothing confidential is spilled on its pages.
Bragg’s workplace claims the writer, Mark Pomerantz — a veteran white-collar lawyer who blamed the DA when he quit the group investigating the ex president — shirked a authorized obligation to get permission to pen “Individuals vs. Donald Trump.”
“Mr. Pomerantz has neither sought nor acquired approval to make disclosures referring to ongoing issues on the DA’s workplace, and this workplace has not reviewed any drafts or excerpts of his manuscript,” the DA’s lawyer Leslie Dubeck wrote Wednesday to attorneys for writer Simon & Schuster, Paramount and Pomerantz.
“[Because] Mr. Pomerantz has been separated from the DA’s workplace for almost a 12 months, he’s not able to making any evaluation of whether or not the disclosures he intends to disseminate on this publication” might prejudice the probe, Dubeck wrote.
The district lawyer requested the writer to halt its launch till prosecutors might conduct a “prepublication overview” to make sure the contents didn’t violate secrecy legal guidelines or jeopardize his ongoing investigation into Trump.
Bragg’s lawyer mentioned particulars within the e-book Pomerantz gathered as a public servant however didn’t get permission to reveal equated to “unlawfully changing confidential authorities data for his private benefit.”
In asserting the e-book’s Feb. 7 launch, Simon & Schuster described it as “a captivating inside account” of the try and prosecute Trump, by Pomerantz, who “resigned in protest when Manhattan’s district lawyer refused to behave.”
The DA copied the town Conflicts of Curiosity Board and the Division of Investigation on the letter.
“I’m assured that every one of my actions with respect to the Trump investigation, together with the writing of my forthcoming e-book, are in keeping with my authorized and moral obligations,” Pomerantz mentioned Wednesday.
Pomerantz left high-powered regulation agency Paul, Weiss in early 2021, when he was employed by Bragg’s predecessor Cy Vance Jr. to supervise his intensive investigation into Trump.
He stop final February together with particular prosecutor Carey Dunne when Bragg declined to deliver an indictment towards Trump based mostly on the proof the group gathered, regardless of Vance giving his blessing earlier than he left workplace.
Pomerantz prosecuted former Gambino crime household boss John A. “Junior” Gotti and different mobsters within the Nineties.He held the prestigious post of head of the felony division of the U.S. Lawyer’s workplace for the Southern District of New York from 1997 to 1999.
In his leaked resignation letter and a podcast interview, Pomerantz made no secret about his emotions about Bragg’s determination. He described the brand new DA’s hesitancy to deliver costs towards Trump as “misguided.”
In December Bragg’s workplace gained a conviction towards the Trump Group on tax fraud costs, leading to $1.6 million in fines. The corporate’s chief monetary officer, Allen Weisselberg, was sentenced to five months in jail final week for tax dodging.
On the heels of the corporate’s conviction, the DA has appeared to sharpen his concentrate on Trump. The previous president’s lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohenwas questioned by Bragg’s workplace on Tuesday. Previous to that, Cohen had no contact with the workplace since Pomerantz’s departure.
Simon & Schuster just isn’t backing down.
“We stand behind Mark Pomerantz and his e-book, ‘Individuals vs. Donald Trump,’ and look ahead to sharing this necessary and well timed work with readers when it’s printed on February 7,” mentioned Anne Tate Pearce, Deputy Director of Publicity for the publishing home.
A consultant for Paramount didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.