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Ex-Top DOJ Official's Wife Who Donated To Biden Now Linked To Trump Prosecution

 May 9, 2024

Revelations about donations made by a high-profile lawyer and longtime DOJ official's spouse to Democratic politicians, including President Biden, are stirring scrutiny as her husband prosecutes former President Trump.

Anne K. Small, involved indirectly through her spouse in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's legal proceedings against Donald Trump, has historically contributed to liberal candidates, as Fox News reports.

The Legal and Political Background of Anne K. Small

Small, whose contributions to political campaigns have recently come under focus, donated $2,800 to President Joe Biden's 2020 campaign. This was not her first foray into political support; her past includes financial backing of other Democratic campaigns such as Barack Obama's in 2008 and John Kerry's in 2004.

Small's career has been notable, serving in significant capacities within the Obama administration, including roles as SEC general counsel and special assistant to the president. Her accomplishments in these roles are underscored by her being the first woman to be named general counsel of the SEC.

Adding to her profile, since early 2020, Small has been a member of the board of directors for the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund. This organization recently filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court concerning Trump’s potential disqualification from running for office, referencing the 14th Amendment.

Connections and Criticisms in the Prosecution Team

Small's husband, Matthew Colangelo, currently serves as a top prosecutor in Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg's office, a role that ties the couple closely to the ongoing legal actions against former President Trump. Colangelo himself has a background in the Obama administration and was a political consultant for the DNC in 2018.

Susan Hoffinger, another prosecutor working under Bragg, also shows similar political affiliations, having donated to Biden’s campaign and other Democrat-related entities. These connections have not gone unnoticed, drawing criticism from figures such as Rep. Lance Gooden who questions the partisanship within the DOJ and the Manhattan DA’s office.

Gooden has openly criticized the perceived bias, calling the Department of Justice under Biden a "cesspool of partisanship," a sentiment echoed by his concerns over the courts handling Trump’s criminal trials.

Legal Opinions and Judicial Decisions

The implications of the legal arguments presented by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in which Small is involved are profound. They argue that the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Trump’s eligibility to run for office shows a "disturbing and dangerous pattern of judicial overreach and activism," according to Janai Nelson, President of the Fund.

Nelson has expressed strong views on the role of the judiciary in upholding the law, suggesting that the courts are failing to adhere to their foundational duties, which jeopardizes the rule of law and threatens the democratic fabric of the nation.

Additionally, Nelson argues that Trump’s rhetoric and actions as president have significantly harmed public interest, especially targeting vulnerable groups, which justifies his disqualification based on the 14th Amendment. This stance was supported by the Colorado Supreme Court's decision to disqualify Trump from the state's ballot, citing the events of January 6, 2021.

Broader Implications of Political Contributions

The story of Anne K. Small and Matthew Colangelo highlights a broader issue of political contributions and affiliations impacting public trust in legal processes. The intertwining of personal political beliefs with professional roles in the legal system raises questions about impartiality and justice.

This scenario unfolds as the legal battles against Trump continue to polarize public opinion, illustrating the delicate balance between legal authority and political influence.

As the date for a required response from the DOJ and Manhattan D.A. approaches, set by Gooden for May 24, 2024, all eyes will be on how these institutions address the accusations of partisanship and manage the ongoing legal proceedings.

Conclusion: Revisiting The Intersection of Politics and Justice

In conclusion, the roles and political donations of individuals like Anne K. Small and her association through her husband with high-profile cases against former

President Trump reflects on the intricate relationship between politics and the legal system. The debates around these issues underscore the challenges of maintaining judicial impartiality in politically charged environments.

As the situation develops, the scrutiny of political affiliations within the justice system will likely intensify, demanding transparency and accountability from all involved.