Former President Donald Trump has criticized Mark Pomerantz, a “radically deranged” lawyer, who is releasing a critical book about the investigation into Trump’s financial dealings by the Manhattan district attorney’s office. The book, “People vs. Donald Trump: An Inside Account,” details Pomerantz’s perspective on the investigation and is set to be released on Tuesday.
Pomerantz, who quit as special assistant district attorney in February 2022, wrote a damning resignation letter that was made public in March of the same year. In the letter, he stated that the D.A.’s office was in “no doubt” that Trump had committed “numerous” felonies related to tax fraud and false financial statements, and that not prosecuting the former president would be “a grave failure of justice.”
In his book, Pomerantz likens the way Trump runs his business empire to notorious mob boss John Gotti. “He demanded absolute loyalty and would go after anyone who crossed him. He seemed always to stay one step ahead of the law,” Pomerantz writes, according to the abstracts seen by The New York Times. Pomerantz also considered attempting to file racketeering charges against Trump, similar to those used for mobsters, before the idea was dismissed by other prosecutors.
In response to the book’s publication, Trump accused Pomerantz of “obsessively spreading falsehoods” about him in a post on Truth Social. The former president has threatened to sue Pomerantz over the claims made in the book, and his lawyer, Joe Tacopina, has called the Gotti comparison “just another desperate attempt by Pomerantz to sell books.”
Pomerantz resigned as special assistant district attorney when Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg was investigating whether Trump had fraudulently inflated the value of his assets and properties to receive better bank loans and other financial benefits. In his resignation letter, Pomerantz stated, “The team that has been investigating Mr. Trump harbors no doubt about whether he committed crimes—he did.” Bragg denied that the probe into Trump had been brought to a halt.
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