Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 12, 2024

Justice Department Refutes Trump Prosecution Collusion Allegations

The U.S. Department of Justice has firmly dismissed accusations of collusion with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in the case against former President Trump.

In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, Assistant Attorney General Carlos Uriarte stated that claims of DOJ politicization are unsupported by any evidence, Fox News reported.

The letter, addressed to Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, was sent late Monday. It followed a verdict where Trump was found guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. The allegations included speculation that the Justice Department had a role in the investigation led by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

DOJ Denies Baseless Accusations

In Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Carlos Uriarte's letter, the claims were characterized as "conspiratorial speculation" and "completely baseless." He assured that an extensive review had revealed no communication between the DOJ officials and Bragg’s office about Trump’s case. Uriarte emphasized, “The Department does not generally make extensive efforts to rebut conspiratorial speculation, including to avoid the risk of lending it credibility.”

The backdrop to this denial is Jim Jordan's April 30 letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland. Jordan brought attention to the perceived politicization at the DOJ, pointing to the appointment of Matthew B. Colangelo by Bragg. Colangelo, a former senior DOJ official, was alleged to have been brought on board to expedite the investigation against Trump.

This speculation spurred the judiciary committee's concerns, prompting the current comprehensive clarification from the Department of Justice. Uriarte's exploration included a meticulous search of email communications since January 20, 2021, encompassing all relevant DOJ officials' accounts, including Colangelo’s.

Independence of DOJ and DA’s Office Stressed

Uriarte reiterated the independent nature of the two entities. "The District Attorney’s office is a separate entity from the Department," he noted. He clarified that the Department does not supervise, approve, or control the decisions or work of the District Attorney’s office.

Such independence is foundational to the functioning of the governmental justice system. Uriarte's statement aimed to quash any notion suggesting the District Attorney’s compliance with DOJ directives. The letter communicated that the Justice Department respects this separation, countering any accusations implying otherwise.

These clarifications from Uriarte's office illustrate efforts to maintain transparency and dispel doubts. The autonomy between the two legal entities is central to upholding public trust in judicial processes.

Impact on Public Confidence and Safety

Uriarte pointed out the potential harm caused by unfounded accusations. He reinforced that baseless accusations undermine public confidence in the justice system and endanger the safety of law enforcement officials.

Such claims can lead to threats of violence, posing a significant risk to those administering justice. He stated, “Accusations of wrongdoing made without—and in fact contrary to—evidence undermine confidence in the justice system and have contributed to increased threats of violence and attacks on career law enforcement officials and prosecutors.”

In conclusion, the Department of Justice has denied any involvement in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's prosecution of former President Trump, affirming its independence. Assistant Attorney General Carlos Uriarte clarified to the House Judiciary Committee that there were no conspiratorial communications between the DOJ and Bragg's office.

This statement was in response to concerns raised by Jim Jordan regarding the hiring of Matthew B. Colangelo, emphasizing the need for separation of authorities and highlighting the negative impact of false allegations on the justice system and its officials.

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