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Justice Department Refutes Allegations of Coordination with Manhattan DA

Anna Hickey
Tuesday, June 11, 2024, 11:24 AM
In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, the Justice Department pushed back on claims that it was behind the prosecution of Donald Trump.

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On June 10, Assistant Attorney General Carlos Uriarte responded to Chairman Jim Jordan’s (R-Ohio) inquiry about whether the Department interacted with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office during the criminal prosecution of former President Trump. The letter was in response to Rep. Jordan’s April 30 letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland over his concerns of a “perception that the Justice Department is assisting in Bragg’s politicized prosecution.” 

In his letter, Uriarte wrote that the Department conducted a comprehensive search for email communications between any member of Department leadership and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office since January 2021 “regarding any investigation or prosecution of the former President” and “found none.” Uriarte wrote that “the conspiracy theory that the recent jury verdict in New York state court was somehow controlled by the Department is not only false, it is irresponsible.”

You can read the letter here or below.

Anna Hickey is the associate editor for communications of Lawfare. She holds a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies: communications, legal studies, economics, and government with a minor in international studies from American University.

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