‘A lead person from the DOJ is running the trial’: Trump goes after prosecutor on Manhattan DA’s team in apparent defiance of gag order outside court

Donald Trump criticizes prosecutor Matthew Colangelo without naming him outside court on May 16, 2024

Donald Trump criticizes prosecutor Matthew Colangelo without naming him outside court on May 16, 2024 (Fox News/screengrab)

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday outside of the hush-money trial courtroom criticized one of the prosecutors not named Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg (D), in apparent defiance of a gag order restricting such statements.

With his defense attorney Todd Blanche looking on and Republican lawmakers, like Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida standing in the background, Trump asserted that he is essentially being prosecuted by the Biden administration at the state level because a former DOJ lawyer, Matthew Colangelo, is “running the trial” against him on behalf of Bragg’s office.

“In fact, a lead person from the DOJ is running the trial. So, Biden’s office is running this trial,” Trump said, without naming Colangelo but nonetheless making it clear who he was talking about. “This trial is a scam, and it’s a sham, and it shouldn’t happen. Thank you very much, we’ll see you later.”

Colangelo, a lead prosecutor in the case, was criticized one day earlier by Trump ally Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, largely raising the same complaints that Trump repeated outside of court.

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