- Apr 5, 2018
- Reaction score
- Political Leaning
- Slightly Liberal
On Jan. 1, a new district attorney, Alvin Bragg, took over the Trump criminal investigation. But just when it seemed like the investigative circle was tightening around Trump, something of a legal bombshell dropped: The two top prosecutors abruptly and simultaneously resigned from the New York district attorney’s office. . . .
Alvin Bragg brought with him a new executive assistant, Susan Hoffinger, whom he announced will take over as the lead on the Trump matter. . . . The district attorney’s office, for its part, has not confirmed speculation that Bragg may be having doubts. A spokesperson for Bragg said the reports that he was not inclined to advance the matter were “not true,” adding that “the investigation remains ongoing and that Ms. Hoffinger will lead the strong team that is in place.”
The natural next question is who is Susan Hoffinger and what qualifies her to take over what The Washington Post described as a 25-person team of prosecutors, paralegals and analysts. Hoffinger joined the Manhattan district attorney’s office in February after 20 years in private practice at a law firm that bears her name, apparently doing criminal/white collar defense work. She does have some prosecutorial experience, having served in the New York DA’s office from 1992 to 2000.
A fair question is whether someone who hasn’t prosecuted a case in 22 years is the right person at the right time to head up one of the most consequential prosecutions in recent New York history.
Sounds to me like the new prosecutor intends to sandbag the investigation and the prosecution as well. Why else would you put someone in charge who has not prosecuted anyone in over two decades?