Investigate the Manhattan D.A.'s Office

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A recent ProPublica report shows that prosecutors in Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance's office had gathered enough evidence in 2012, after a 2 year investigation, to bring criminal charges against Donald Trump Jr. and his sister, Ivanka, for fraud related to sales of condos at the Trump SoHo Hotel. Just as they were about to proceed, D.A. Vance overruled his prosecutors and put a halt on the investigation, after having received a visit from Marc Kasowitz, one of Vance's top campaign donors, and Donald Trump, Sr.'s personal attorney. (https://www.propublica.org/article/ivanka-donald-trump-jr-close-to-being-charged-felony-fraud)

Now, it has been discovered that D.A. Vance refused to pursue an investigation into allegations over film executive Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault in 2015, despite audio evidence presented by a victim, and belief on the part of NYPD detectives that they had sufficient evidence to make an arrest. The New York Times reports that Mr. Weinstein was represented by two attorneys with professional ties to Mr. Vance, one of whom is a fundraiser for his campaign. (https://nyti.ms/2kH2NBL)

The law must be applied equally. Special favors and campaign donations should not place certain members of our community above the law. Attorney General Schneiderman's office should investigate the conduct of the Manhattan D.A. to find out why these investigations didn't go forward despite powerful evidence, and to find out if other criminal allegations against the wealthy and powerful have been suppressed for those with ties to campaign donors.



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