New York: Alvin Bragg has already notched one historic first, taking office January 1 as Manhattan’s first Black district attorney. As district attorney, Bragg inherited an investigation into Trump and his business practices from his predecessor, Cyrus Vance Jr., who declined to seek reelection last year after 12 years in the high-profile job.
Bragg, a 48-year-old civil rights lawyer and the former federal prosecutor was sworn in at a private ceremony, in part because of COVID-19 concerns.
Bragg told CNN last month that he’ll be directly involved in the Trump matter. “This is obviously a consequential case, one that merits the attention of the D.A. personally,” Bragg told CNN.
He also said he has asked the two veteran prosecutors who led the case under Vance — general counsel Carey Dunne and former mafia prosecutor Mark Pomerantz — to stay on and see it through.
The investigation resulted in charges last summer against Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, and its longtime finance chief, Allen Weisselberg. In the fall, Vance convened a new grand jury to hear evidence in the case. Trump himself remains under investigation by the office after Vance led a multi-year fight to get access to the Republican’s tax records.
As a top deputy to New York’s attorney general in 2018, Bragg helped oversee a lawsuit that led to the closure of Trump’s charitable foundation over allegations that he used the nonprofit to further his political and business interests.