Trump’s Newest Courtroom Drama: Prosecutor Linked To DNC Payments

By Javier Sanchez | Wednesday, 08 May 2024 10:15 PM
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Matthew Colangelo, a former high-ranking official in the Department of Justice and currently a leading prosecutor in the New York case against former President Donald Trump, received payment from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2018 for "political consulting," as reported by Fox News Digital.

Before joining Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's Office in December 2022, Colangelo held a senior position in the Department of Justice under the Biden administration. His move to Bragg's office, which represented a step down in his career, raised questions about his commitment to prosecuting crime versus his focus on the case against Trump.

Bragg's office has charged Trump with 34 felony counts related to the falsification of business documents concerning payments made to his former attorney, Michael Cohen. The charges allege that Trump reimbursed Cohen for a "hush money" payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who claimed to have had an affair with Trump. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges and denied the affair allegations.

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In the criminal case against Trump, Cohen delivered opening statements and interrogated key witnesses, including Hope Hicks, Trump's former White House communications director and campaign aide.

Last week, House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting documents and communications related to Colangelo, as reported by Blaze News. Jordan argued that Colangelo's involvement in the Trump trial has created the impression that the Justice Department is aiding Bragg's "politicized prosecution" of the former president.

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Jordan further stated that during his tenure at the DOJ, Colangelo showed an "obsession with investigating a person rather than prosecuting a crime."

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Fox News Digital reported on Monday that Federal Election Commission records show Colangelo received two $6,000 payments from the DNC on January 31, 2018, labeled as "political consulting." At the time, Colangelo served as the deputy attorney general for social justice in the office of then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Texas) recently wrote, "Biden's top DOJ hitman, Matthew Colangelo, was PAID thousands of dollars by the DNC. Now he is prosecuting President Trump in a coordinated trial to save Biden's failing campaign. I am demanding Garland & Bragg turn over ALL records related to Colangelo!"

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