Legal Watchdog Files Suit Against DOJ Over Trump Case Records

 June 7, 2024

America First Legal (AFL) has lodged a legal complaint against the Department of Justice.

The conservative organization contends that the DOJ has failed to provide documents concerning Matthew Colangelo, a key figure in the prosecution of former U.S. President Donald Trump.

Fox News reported that America First Legal argues that Matthew Colangelo's professional shifts, particularly his move to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office under Alvin Bragg, indicate a politically motivated strategy targeting Trump.

Deep Dive Into Matthew Colangelo's Professional Background

Colangelo, who has long held significant legal roles across different administrations, stepped down from a high-ranking position in the DOJ.

He subsequently joined Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg's team, intensifying the former President's legal pursuits.

Colangelo joined Bragg's team in December 2022, before which he had been heavily involved in Trump-related investigations through roles in the DOJ and the New York Attorney General’s Office.

FOIA Requests and DOJ Delays Explained

The struggle to obtain documentation began when AFL filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in 2023 to illuminate any potential biases in Colangelo's transition into Bragg’s office.

Despite acknowledging the request, the DOJ cited "unusual circumstances" and requested additional time to complete the processing, thus delaying the release of the documents. This has led to increased scrutiny and allegations of deliberate information withholding.

According to AFL's Executive Director, Gene Hamilton:

We're going to get those records, and we are going to obtain everything from his calendar entries to communications, for everything in between, to show and to help shed a light on this coordinated effort to get Donald Trump, that is unprecedented and has never been done before. Because none of these records are public, and because this is a key central figure involved in the political persecution of Donald Trump, we think it's vital and critical that we get records.

Republican Chair Weighs In On Request Delays

The issue has also captured the attention of the Republican House Judiciary Committee Chair, Jim Jordan, who echoed the concerns regarding Colangelo's focused pursuit of Trump. Jordan's assertion about the case emphasized Colangelo’s extensive engagement in investigations targeting Trump rather than broader legal integrity, raising questions about impartiality in legal proceedings.

The case against Trump concluded with a verdict on May 30, 2024. Trump was found guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records, an outcome that some argue was heavily influenced by Colangelo’s expertise and concerted efforts in building the case.

Amidst this backdrop, AFL and supporters wait as the DOJ’s extension to process the FOIA request inches closer to expiration and the anticipated revelations it might bring about the depth and nature of the investigations pursued against Trump.

A promise of transparency stands at the core of this legal battle, highlighting the complex interplay of justice, politics, and the quest for accountability in high-stakes legal confrontations. As tensions remain high, the outcome of this lawsuit could potentially reveal more about the inner workings of legal strategies against political figures.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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