“As an elected District Attorney and a former federal prosecutor, I condemn, in the strongest terms possible, the explicit and implied threats of violence against any prosecutor, including the Manhattan DA. Prosecutors are not immune from critique or criticism, but it should go without saying that no one should try to intimidate or threaten them by any means and for any reason. The career prosecutors, paralegals, investigators and staff of any DA’s Office trying to do their jobs deserve better. In addition, the use of congressional hearings and subpoenas for purely political purposes, threatens prosecutorial independence. Our democracy depends on a system in which prosecutors and judges can operate independent of political influence. I call on elected prosecutors, regardless of political party or background, to speak out against all efforts to interfere with prosecutorial independence. This is about the rule of law, not politics.”


Anna Young, Public Information Officer
(914) 995-6551