Manhattan district attorney race could decide the future of an investigation into former President Donald Trump, according to The Washington Times.
According to the publication’s report, New York City residents will vote in their Democratic primary to replace outgoing district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who is leaving the office at the end of the year.
In all likelihood, Vance’s probe into Trump and his business dealings will be passed off to whoever takes over the office of district attorney after the upcoming election.
This isn’t the only potential change in the investigation that Trump has to tie up his attention, however. Just days ago the state attorney general announced that he had joined the district attorney’s criminal investigation.
New York’s AG’s interest in the case was, according to recent reports, pertaining to hush-money payments, property valuations, tax strategies, executive compensation and other dealings.
However, the former president has little chance of a friendly face taking over the district attorney’s office since the June 22 primary will offer voters a choice between eight candidates that have made their stance on the president clear:
“While I can’t say what I will specifically do without seeing all the facts and the evidence, if Donald Trump or any of the Trumps committed crimes in Manhattan, I will prosecute them,” said candidate Eliza Orlins, a public defender who once appeared as a contestant on “Survivor.”
“It is more vital now than ever, that the office of the district attorney be understood not to be a political office, that the district attorney not be perceived to be in bed with anyone,” said another candidate, Lucy Lang, a former assistant district attorney and former director of John Jay College’s Institute for Innovation in Prosecution according to the Washington Times.
At this point there doesn’t seem to be a clear frontrunner likely to take the race, but the former president isn’t the group’s only point of concern.
The posh, liberal New York borough is also facing potential change in their policing, according to Christina Greer, a political science professor at Fordham University:
“At the beginning of the race, maybe last year, a lot of folks thought that Trump would be a primary talking point, but he doesn’t really seem to be the main issue in this crop of candidates,” said Greer. “He’s in a long list of issues, but crime and how the DA will prosecute particular cases seem to be the more prescient issues.”
The city with more than 150 homicides since the beginning of 2021 could be facing criminal justice reform, scaled back drug prosecution and fewer defendants locked up while awaiting trial.