A spokesman for the Manhattan district attorney’s office confirmed the departures.
The Background: Last year, prosecutors charged the Trump Organization and its former chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, in what they call a sweeping scheme to compensate higher ups off the books and avoid paying taxes. Trump himself has not been charged and has called the investigation a “politically motivated witch hunt”.
The Details: The two departees are Carey Dunne and Mark Pomerantz. Dunne led the fight to get former President Trump’s tax returns and tax related documents, pursuing the issue to the Supreme Court twice. Pomerantz is a former mafia prosecutor who was recruited from a private practice to help lead the investigation.
The New York Times reported that the resignations came after newly elected Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg appeared to back away from the investigation. His team has reportedly not questioned any witnesses for more than a month.
It’s unclear why Bragg is stepping back now. He previously told CNN, “This is obviously a consequential case, one that merits the attention of the DA personally.”