Friday, February 25, 2022

NYC Manhattan DA Taps New Attorney To Head Trump Investigation

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin, Bragg (D) has asked his Investigations Chief to Oversee the ongoing Probe into Trump and his Business Practices, a day after the abrupt Resignations of Two Veteran Attorneys who had been Leading the Case.

Susan Hoffinger, an experienced Litigator and recent addition to Bragg’s Executive Team, will Captain what has been described as a Squad of about 25 Lawyers, Paralegals, and Analysts.

Over more than Three years, the Group has pored through millions of Records relating to Trump and Operations at the Trump Organization, his Family-run Company, focusing most recently on whether Assets, were Illegally Overvalued to Secure Better Terms on Loans and insurance rates, and Undervalued to get Federal and New York Tax Breaks. Scotland is looking at thw same type of Charges for Trump's Two Golf Clubs, as well as, Money Laundering to Buy One of the Propertry to build the Golf Club.

Bragg’s announcement Thursday, follows the dramatic Departure of Carey Dunne and Mark Pomerantz, whose Resignations signaled a marked shift in the Probe. Multiple People with knowledge of the matter, said Dunne and Pomerantz felt Bragg, who took Office Jan. 1, was not interested in pursuing a Case against Trump and had Not given them Direction on how to proceed.

Bragg’s Office has said the Case, which he inherited from his Predecessor, Cyrus R. Vance Jr. (D), is Proceeding. On Thursday, his Sspokesperson said it was “not true” that Bragg was unconcerned with Advancing the matter. “As we said yesterday, the investigation remains ongoing,” said Bragg Spokeswoman Danielle Filson, adding that Hoffinger “will lead the strong team that is in place.”

The Grand Jury’s term is set to Expire this Spring.

The Investigation, which is being conducted in Partnership with New York Attorney General Letitia James (D), has a parallel Civil Probe covering the same Subject areas, which could result in a Lawsuit.

Hoffinger has significant Legal Experience on both sides of Criminal Law, and was a Prosecutor in Manhattan from 1992 to 2000 under longtime District Attorney Robert Morgenthau (D).

Hoffinger left her family’s Law Firm after many years doing Defense work, to work for Bragg. In Private Practice, she handled White-Collar Cases.

With her Sister, Fran Hoffinger, Hoffinger defended Vilma Bautista, who was an Aide to former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos, in a Case that was Prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office where she now works.

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