The winner of Tuesday's Manhattan DA primary is poised to take over Trump investigation
June 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 18: Former U.S. President Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower in Manhattan on May 18, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
Whoever wins the Democratic primary race for Manhattan district attorney on Tuesday isn't just poised to take the helm of one of the most legendary prosecutors offices in New York. They also will inherit perhaps the highest profile investigation in the country: that of former President Donald Trump and his company.
Whoever wins is likely to incur Trump's ire if they continue Vance's work, since the former President has been quick to accuse Democrats investigating him, including Vance and New York state Attorney General Letitia James, of pursuing political prosecutions.
"If you can run for a prosecutor's office pledging to take out your enemies, and be elected to that job by partisan voters who wish to enact political retribution," Trump said in May, after James disclosed her office was working with the district attorney on its criminal investigation, "then we are no longer a free constitutional democracy. "
Alvin Bragg, widely seen as a leading contender in the race, has boasted of having sued the Trump administration more than 100 times while he was in the state attorney general's office, where he was chief deputy.
But she has also taken pains to distance herself from Trump-related commentary, saying in June that "I think that one of the worst things the next District Attorney could do would be to say something on the campaign trail that would suggest anything other than complete impartiality when it comes to investigating all the cases in front of the office and putting themselves in a position where they might face a recusal motion or a removal of jurisdiction. "
New York state Assemblyman Dan Quart, also vying for the office, has split the difference, saying in February, "I've been very active and vocal on my feelings on Trump's abuses of the rule of law, of his terrible policies, of his indecency, but that's different than being a district attorney who has to judge each case on the merits. "