Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 14, 2024

Top DOJ Official Resigned to Join Alvin Bragg's Team Investigating Trump

The shock resignation of a top official from President Joe Biden's Department of Justice has sparked considerable debate.

Biden's third-highest official at the DOJ resigned to join the Manhattan team investigating Donald Trump in 2022.

According to Breitbart News, Michael Colangelo's departure from the DOJ to join Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office is seen as a major shift affecting former President Donald Trump’s legal challenges across multiple states.

Surge in Trump Legal Activity

The timing of Colangelo’s resignation—on the same day Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Jack Smith as a special counsel—has raised eyebrows. This day is marked as pivotal, as November 18, 2022, saw the acceleration of legal cases against Trump in various jurisdictions, including Manhattan, Washington, Atlanta, and Florida.

Colangelo’s start in Bragg’s office on December 5, 2022, rekindled dormant investigations, leading to the conviction of Donald Trump on 34 felony counts in May 2023. The conviction represents a significant victory for Bragg, with Colangelo's involvement proving instrumental.

Earlier, Mark Pomerantz, a special assistant on Trump’s case, resigned in February 2022 due to Bragg’s initial hesitation to pursue Trump. This background places Colangelo’s later decision in sharp relief, highlighting the renewed prosecutorial vigor.

Speculations and Reactions

Reacting to these developments, Donald Trump Jr. claimed it was no conspiracy to note the timing alignment between Garland’s appointment of Jack Smith and Colangelo’s career switch. Merrick Garland, however, has categorically denied dispatching Colangelo to influence the state trial.

Garland’s DOJ has searched communication records between their officials and the Manhattan DA’s office, uncovering no evidence of formal coordination.

Ken Blackwell has emphasized the stakes, stating that the matter holds severe implications for scholars and average citizens concerned about similar threats to their lives and futures. The contested nature of these proceedings ensures a continued spotlight on Colangelo's role and intent.

Ongoing Investigations and Hearings

The House Judiciary Committee has announced hearings set for June 13 and July 12, 2024, to analyze Bragg’s prosecution of Trump and scrutinize Colangelo's career move. These hearings underscore the extended ramifications, and partisan divides spiraled from the matter.

The White House and DOJ repeatedly denied any orchestrated efforts implicating Colangelo’s actions. However, President Biden’s comments about ensuring Trump does not retake power, and his knowing grin when referred to as a political prisoner have only fueled further discourse.

Will Scharf has drawn an analogy between Colangelo’s career switch and a high-ranking military official enlisting at a low level, detailing the unusual and perplexing nature of the decision.

Conclusion

Michael Colangelo, previously the third-highest official at the DOJ under President Biden, resigned to join Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's team, which is involved in prosecuting former President Donald Trump. This move occurred just as Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Jack Smith as a special counsel, raising questions about its timing and political implications. Colangelo's role in Bragg's office was pivotal in securing a conviction against Trump on multiple felony counts, further intensifying discussions about the political dimensions of legal actions against Trump.

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