Ex-Trump Prosecutor’s Book Draws Warning

From a Wall Street Journal story by Corinne Ramey and Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg headlined “Ex-Trump Prosecutor’s Book Draws Warning From Manhattan District Attorney”:

The Manhattan district attorney’s office said that a forthcoming book by a former top prosecutor could compromise its continuing investigation of former President Donald Trump, warning that the author could be unlawfully using confidential information for his personal advantage.

“Based on the pre-publication descriptions of his book and the benefit of current knowledge of the matter, but without access to the manuscript, this office believes there is a meaningful risk that the publication will materially prejudice ongoing criminal investigations and related adjudicative proceedings,” the office’s general counsel, Leslie Dubeck, said in a letter to the publisher, Simon & Schuster.

The letter said the book’s author, Mark Pomerantz, who resigned from the office last February, had neither sought nor received permission from the district attorney’s office to make disclosures relating to ongoing matters.

“The District Attorney’s interest here is to protect the integrity of this office’s pending criminal investigations and proceedings regarding the former President,” Ms. Dubeck wrote.

She said the office was available to review the manuscript and would seek to complete such a review within 60 days. The office didn’t say it was seeking to block the book’s publication.

Copies of the letter were also sent to New York City’s Conflicts of Interest Board and the commissioner of investigation.

Mr. Pomerantz said, “I am confident that all of my actions with respect to the Trump investigation, including the writing of my forthcoming book, are consistent with my legal and ethical obligations.”

His book, titled “People vs. Donald Trump,” is a “fascinating inside account of the attempt to prosecute former president Donald Trump,” according to the publisher’s website. The author “tells the story of his unprecedented investigation, why he believes Donald Trump should be prosecuted, and what we can learn about the nature of justice in America from this extraordinary case,” the publisher says.

Mr. Pomerantz and another top prosecutor resigned after District Attorney Alvin Bragg declined to bring charges in a case authorized by his predecessor.

The book is printed, but Simon & Schuster isn’t making early copies available. It will be released Feb. 7, according to the publisher’s website.

“We stand behind Mark Pomerantz and his book, ‘People vs. Donald Trump,’ and look forward to sharing this important and timely work with readers when it is published on February 7,” said a spokeswoman for Paramount Global’s Simon & Schuster.

Mr. Bragg’s office is seeking to move forward on what he has called the next chapter of its investigation of the former president. Late last year, in an offshoot of that investigation, a Manhattan jury convicted the Trump Organization of tax fraud for using an off-the-books payment scheme to pay some employees in perks. The company, which has said it would appeal, was sentenced to a $1.6 million fine last week.

Mr. Bragg’s office has in recent weeks reached out to several people involved in hush money paid to the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels over an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump, which he denied, according to people familiar with the matter.

Michael Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former personal lawyer, met with prosecutors Tuesday as part of the office’s investigation into those payments.

“The individuals that we met with showed a level of seriousness and dedication to follow the facts and the law wherever they go,” said Lanny Davis, a lawyer for Mr. Cohen.

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