Former President Donald Trump has accused a former Manhattan prosecutor of defaming him in a forthcoming book chronicling the Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation into the 45th President.
In a Monday letter to Mark Pomerantz, Trump attorney Joe Tacopina warned that if Pomerantz proceeds to publish People v. Donald Trump: An Inside Account” continues, “My office will aggressively pursue any legal action against you and your book publisher. Simon & Schuster.”
Tacopina further accused Pomerantz of falsely declaring that Trump, 76, was “guilty of numerous felonies” and that failing to uphold it was a “grave failure of the judiciary.” [Trump] be held criminally accountable.”
“In these circumstances, expressing your opinion as a belief does nothing to protect you from liability,” Tacopina wrote.
Pomerantz was hired by then-Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance in 2021 to assist in the office’s investigation into Trump, the Trump Organization and their leadership — an investigation Vance began in 2018. Pomerantz abruptly announced in February 2022 – along with another lead prosecutor, Carey Dunne – over disagreements with new prosecutor Alvin Bragg over how to proceed with the investigation.
In an excerpt from the book’s introduction, Pomerantz writes that the investigation “has developed evidence that convinces us that Donald Trump committed serious crimes.”
“As we compiled the facts, many of us concluded that we had enough evidence to convict him and that we could present a solid case in court that would result in a guilty verdict,” Pomerantz continued. “The District Attorney has agreed and approved the charges. But… the new regime decided that Donald Trump should not be prosecuted, and the investigation stalled. What happened?”
Last week, Bragg warned Simon & Schuster that the book could interfere with his ongoing criminal investigation into Trump, a fact Tacopina pointed out in his own letter.
“[I]It is quite clear that despite the fact that the district attorney’s office has deemed it appropriate not to pursue criminal charges against my clients, you knowingly undermined that stance for financial gain,” the Trump attorney wrote. “Indeed, Simon & Schuster characterizes your book as an ‘inside account of an attempt to prosecute former President Donald Trump,’ meaning you wrote it in breach of your ethical duties with classified, non-public information that could have been accumulated in your position as Special Assistant.”
“Whatever legacy you intended has been dishonored and destroyed,” Tacopina concluded. “That said, while your reputation is beyond repair, there is still hope that by heeding the contents of this letter, you can salvage your financial well-being.”
“We stand behind Mark Pomerantz and his book, People vs. Donald Trump, and look forward to sharing this important and timely work with readers when it is released on February 7,” said a spokesman for Simon & Schuster as Response to Trump and Bragg’s warning.
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