Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 12, 2024

DOJ Refutes Alleged Collusion in Trump Prosecution

The Justice Department has denied allegations that it colluded with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office in the prosecution of former President Trump.

According to Fox News, the Justice Department described the allegations as "conspiratorial speculation" and "completely baseless."

The letter, penned by Assistant Attorney General Carlos Uriarte and addressed to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, was sent late Monday and later acquired by Fox News. This move comes in the wake of a jury's recent verdict finding Trump guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records.

House Judiciary Chairman Voices Concerns

Chairman Jim Jordan wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland on April 30, raising eyebrows over what he deemed a politicized prosecution of Trump. Jordan’s concerns specifically referenced the involvement of Matthew B. Colangelo, a former senior Justice Department official, in Bragg's prosecution.

Uriarte's letter aimed to quell these fears by detailing the Justice Department's steps to ensure its independence from the District Attorney’s office. He noted that a comprehensive search for email communications since January 20, 2021, revealed no contact between the Department's leadership and the District Attorney’s office concerning Trump’s investigation or prosecution.

Uriarte emphasized, "The Department does not generally make extensive efforts to rebut conspiratorial speculation," but concluded that due to the Attorney General’s commitment to transparency, extraordinary measures were taken to confirm the fallacy of the claims.

Assertions Denounced as Baseless

Uriarte categorically dismissed the allegations of collusion as undermining public confidence in the justice system and endangering law enforcement officials. He remarked that such baseless accusations contribute to increased threats against officials and prosecutors.

Jordan had written in his letter, "New York County District Attorney Alvin Bragg is engaged in one such politicized prosecution, led in part by Matthew B. Colangelo." He claimed that Colangelo was hired specifically because of his history with Trump and his family business, making him a key prosecutor in the trial.

Uriarte retorted, "The District Attorney’s office is a separate entity from the Department," underscoring that neither supervises nor controls the other’s work. The aim was to debunk any notions that the Justice Department had any sway over Bragg's decisions.

Efforts to Dispel Speculation

Reinforcing his point, Uriarte highlighted that the Committee's "self-justifying ‘perception’ asserted” was unfounded. He maintained that the Justice Department and the District Attorney operate independently, casting doubt on the supposed collusion.

Uriarte wrote, "Accusations of wrongdoing made without -- and in fact contrary to -- evidence undermine confidence in the justice system." He stressed that the Department's efforts should conclusively put the speculation to rest.

This response seeks to address the growing speculation and restore faith in the judicial processes. The letter seeks to clarify that cooperative engagement between these two entities does not occur as alleged by certain political voices.

In summary, the Justice Department denies any form of collusion with Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg in the prosecution of former President Trump and asserts that such accusations are baseless and harmful to the integrity of the justice system. With efforts to debunk these rumors that have been laid out clearly, the Department hopes to reinforce the notion of an impartial justice system.

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