Good morning. Today we’ll look at a surprise blow to former President Donald J. Trump’s criminal investigation in Manhattan, and the promise of safety fencing for several subway platforms following a bucket death fall.
More than a year after leaving the White House, former President Donald J. Trump has almost disappeared from New York and made Florida his new home base.
But he remains the subject of several investigations in New York, the longest of which is a criminal investigation led by Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg.
That investigation was dealt a fatal blow yesterday when its two top prosecutors sudden resignation, after a month-long pause, during which they stopped presenting evidence to a grand jury, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
According to those people, prosecutors, Carey R. Dunne and Mark F. Pomerantz, submitted their resignation because Mr. Bragg told them he had serious doubts about conducting a criminal investigation of this nature. high stakes in the former president’s business.
Another criminal investigation, in Westchester County, is examining Mr. Trump’s financial dealings at one of his company’s golf courses. And a judge in Atlanta approve the convening of a grand jury to examine Mr. Trump’s efforts to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election in Georgia.
New York State Attorney General, Letitia James, is leading a civil investigation into whether the Trump Organization may have misrepresented the value of its assets. Last week, her office received a judge’s approval to question Trump and his two adult children under oath.
But the biggest development of the three criminal investigations against Mr. Trump has been the district attorney’s criminal investigation, which began in the summer of 2018 under Cyrus R. Vance Jr., Mr. Bragg’s predecessor. .
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The investigation was properly conducted and commenced. Last fall, a special grand jury convened in Lower Manhattan court to hear testimony from witnesses.
Even after Mr. Bragg, a Democrat, inherited the case when he took office on January 1, he appeared to be actively working on the grand jury investigation phase.
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But in recent weeks, court appearances by witnesses and by Mr Dunne and Mr Pomerantz have ceased. Suddenly, the seemingly mysterious case paused.
Mr. Bragg has made several public statements about the state of the investigation during his early tenure in office, which got off to a rough start. A memo he released in early January outlining his progressive due process policies has sparked a backlash from those who consider it too lenient.
More fallout for Bragg?
If Mr. Bragg does eventually end the investigation, he could face further political fallout in Manhattan, where Mr. Trump is often hated.
Mr. Dunne, who served as Vance’s general counsel and stayed to help Bragg in the Trump investigation, declined to comment.
Mr. Pomerantz, a prominent former prosecutor and defense attorney recruited by Mr Vance to help lead the investigation, confirmed in a brief interview that he had resigned, but declined to elaborate.
In a statement responding to prosecutors’ resignation, a spokesman for Mr Bragg said he was “grateful for their service” and that the investigation was ongoing.
Mr. Trump has denied inflating his net worth or deceiving his lenders, and he has accused Mr Bragg and Ms James, both black Democrats, of being motivated. politics and “racism”. In December, he sued Ms James, seeking to block the investigation.
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After the fatal shove, some safety barriers are coming to the subway
Urban Transport Authority said yesterday that it will install barriers to access to the tracks at three subway stations, in the latest safety initiative in response to a rise in subway crime.
The announcement marks a reversal of the MTA, which has long resisted calls for such barriers, calling them impractical, expensive and incompatible with the aging subway system, sprawl of New York, my colleague, Michael Gold, reports.
Most recently last month, MTA chief executive officer Janno Lieber said that barriers – known as platform edge doors or screen doors – were not feasible due to the “exceptional complexity” of the system.
The pivot comes after an increase in trespassing and a number of famous incidents, including the shoved death of 40-year-old Michelle Alyssa Go, who was ejected from the Times Square platform and died before a train coming last month.
A homeless man has been arrested in connection with a crime that has shaken a city already worried about subway safety. Renewal calls were made to the transit agency to explore platform doors, which are used on many metro systems in Europe and Asia.
In an interview on NY1 on Wednesday, Mr. Lieber said that transit officials will move to install the doors as part of a test program at the Times Square terminal, one of the busiest in the city. system. The doors will be located on platform 7, not on platform R where Ms. To was shoved.
Barriers will also be installed at the Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue – JFK Airport terminal in Queens and Third Avenue L station in Manhattan.
Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul addressed subway safety concerns on Friday by announcing the deployment of police officers and mental health workers in an effort to weed out more than 1,000 people. The homeless reside in the subway system.
But then, at least eight incidents of violence took place in the subway over the weekend, only one of which involved an attacker who appeared to be homeless.
Earlier this week, my colleagues Andy Newman and Ana Ley visited the subway station to observe those teams at work.
They discovered outreach workers at Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan were largely turned away in an attempt to provide homeless people with a bed in a mass shelter.
They saw commuters avoiding cars with homeless people sleeping on some of the seats. In some train stations, commuters notice fewer homeless people.
One woman, Judith Williams, said she had lived in and around the subway for many years and noticed fewer people taking long naps on the train in the past few days.
“Maybe they’re getting text messages,” she said Tuesday at a station in Brooklyn.
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I had a late breakfast with my family, and we were sitting near the front door.
A man with gray hair, a mustache, and a friendly disposition passed us on our way home. Then he stopped in the doorway, turned toward our back table, and spoke to the couple sitting there.
“You know,” he said, “I just retired after 30 years with the MTA, I was a conductor on the subway.”
“Congratulations!” said one of the people at the table.
“And you know, you look familiar,” said the man. “I think I closed the door for you once when you were running to catch the train and I left you in the rain.”
The couple looked at each other suspiciously, then turned back to the man.
“Oh, I was just joking,” he said. “I say that to everyone. Enjoy your lunch.”
– Spencer Francis. loved by Agnes Lee.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/24/nyregion/a-blow-to-the-manhattan-case-against-trump.html A blow to the Manhattan case against Trump