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Prosecutor In Trump Case Previously Received DNC Payments for Consulting Work

 May 7, 2024

Matthew Colangelo's past work for the DNC raises concerns about the impartiality of the ongoing hush money case against Donald Trump.

Colangelo, a central figure in the hush money case involving former President Donald Trump, has come under scrutiny for previous financial ties to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), in that he was paid by the DNC for political consulting in 2018, as the Daily Mail reports.

This connection has sparked debate about potential biases in the case, particularly because Colangelo has recently been questioning witnesses and delivering statements in Manhattan's criminal court, where Trump is facing allegations related to falsifying business documents.

Early Career and DNC Involvement

Before his involvement in the Trump trial, Colangelo was hired by the DNC and received $12,000 for his consultancy services.

These payments were made in two installments of $6,000 each on January 31, 2018, and were marked as "Political Consulting" in FEC records.

At that time, Colangelo held the position of Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice in the New York Attorney General's office.

His role in the political sphere was not limited to the DNC; Colangelo has also served in various capacities during the Obama administration, particularly within the DOJ's Civil Rights Division and as chief of staff to then-Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who later became DNC chairman when Colangelo received his consultancy payments.

Colangelo's political engagements have led to increased scrutiny of his motives in the Trump case, especially given his transition from a senior role at Biden's Justice Department to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office in December 2022.

Transition to New York's Legal Scene

Colangelo's move back to New York followed the resignations of Mark Pomerantz and Carey Dunne, attorneys who left Bragg's team due to disagreements over the direction of the Trump investigation. Colangelo was brought in shortly after these resignations, at a time when Bragg's office was reconsidering its stance on indicting Trump, eventually deciding to press charges in April 2023.

The connection to high-profile cases involving Trump is not new for Colangelo. He was involved in the 2018 lawsuit against the Trump Foundation, which accused the organization of misusing charitable assets for personal and legal expenses. This lawsuit contributed to the dissolution of the foundation later that year.

Continuing his legal actions against Trump under New York Attorney General Letitia James, Colangelo's extensive involvement in cases against Trump and his entities has been well-documented, preceding his recent appointment to Bragg's team.

Political Affiliations and Current Investigations

House Republicans have initiated investigations into Colangelo's conduct as a prosecutor, focusing on his past political affiliations and activities.

These inquiries aim to assess whether his previous roles and political connections could influence his prosecutorial decisions in the Trump case.

Such concerns are intensified by the fact that Colangelo joined Bragg's office only months before the charges against Trump were formalized, pointing to potential conflicts of interest given his extensive background in Democratic political circles and legal actions against Republican figures.

Despite the political controversy, the trial is proceeding, with Colangelo playing a prominent role in the prosecution. His previous work, both in political and legal capacities, continues to be a focal point of discussion as the case unfolds.

Conclusion: Revisiting the Core Concerns

In summary, Matthew Colangelo's career has spanned significant political and legal roles that intersect with his current position in the Trump hush money case.

His past employment with the DNC and subsequent legal actions against Trump paints a complex picture of his professional background.

As the trial progresses, his previous affiliations remain a critical aspect of the narrative surrounding the case, reflecting ongoing debates about the potential politicization of legal proceedings in high-profile cases.