If I were Donald J. Trump, former social media influencer, I’d be getting nervous about now:
As the Manhattan district attorney’s office steps up the criminal investigation of Donald J. Trump, it has reached outside its ranks to enlist a prominent former federal prosecutor to help scrutinize financial dealings at the former president’s company, according to several people with knowledge of the matter.
The former prosecutor, Mark F. Pomerantz, has deep experience investigating and defending white-collar and organized crime cases, bolstering the team under District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. that is examining Mr. Trump and his family business, the Trump Organization.
The fellow has a pretty impressive pedigree:
Mr. Pomerantz, a leading figure in the New York legal circles, clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld in Manhattan and Justice Potter Stewart on the Supreme Court. He then became a federal prosecutor in the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan, where he rose to lead the appellate unit before leaving in 1982.
In private practice, he developed a specialty in organized crime and was involved in a 1988 case that helped determine the legal definition of racketeering. His former law partner, Ronald P. Fischetti, estimated they tried nearly 25 cases that involved organized crime in some form or another.
Mr. Pomerantz returned to the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office to head the criminal division between 1997 and 1999, overseeing major securities fraud and organized crime cases, perhaps most prominently against John A. Gotti, the Gambino boss.
Experience in prosecuting mob bosses is a real plus if you are weighing a potential prosecution of Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has been sitting on challenges to Vance’s subpoena of Trump’s tax returns, and it’s starting to raise eyebrows:
For nearly four months, the court has refused to act on emergency filings related to a Manhattan grand jury’s subpoena of Trump tax returns, effectively thwarting part of the investigation.
The Supreme Court’s inaction marks an extraordinary departure from its usual practice of timely responses when the justices are asked to block a lower court decision on an emergency basis and has spurred questions about what is happening behind the scenes.
Ken White and Josh Barro have a great podcast called All the Presidents’ Lawyers, about the legal troubles of Donald Trump and Joe Biden. (Let’s be honest: it’s mostly about Trump’s legal troubles. He has more of them. After Biden took office, they moved the single quotation mark after the “s” but the content has remained mostly the same.) I think they are likely to have great content for months to come.
Exit question, as Allahpundit likes to say: why hasn’t Dominion Voting Systems sued Donald Trump (yet)?