Donald Trump Compared To John Gotti, Prosecutor Claims Former POTUS Nearly Faced RICO Charges

Mark Pomerantz tells all about the embattled reality star in his forthcoming book, “People vs. Donald Trump.”

BYHayley Hynes
Donald Trump Compared To John Gotti, Prosecutor Claims Former POTUS Nearly Faced RICO Charges

Donald Trump has been busy preparing for his third presidential run. At the same time, former Manhattan prosecutor Mark Pomerantz is gearing up to spill plenty of tea about the New York native in his new book. The forthcoming project – People vs. Donald Trump – will specifically focus on the 76-year-old's alleged corrupt practices in business.

Both the New York Times and The Daily Beast are publishing excerpts. In them, the author reflects on his tumultuous time investigating Trump. Pomerantz's colleagues allegedly dug into all of his businesses. Among them were his real estate empire, for-profit university, and the family's charitable foundation. Based upon his findings, the legal expert could think of only one other person to compare The Apprentice alum to.

An FBI mug shot of mafia Don John Gotti, released on December 11, 1990 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

"In my career as a lawyer, I had encountered only one other person who touched all of these bases: John Gotti, the head of the Gambino organized crime family," the book's preview reads. Due to Trump's incessant history of lying, the DA's office would've had to "show, and stress, that [the former POTUS] was not legally insane." Employees spoke about whether or not the businessman can decipher between "bullshit and reality" anymore.

"Was Donald Trump suffering from some sort of mental condition that made it impossible for him to distinguish between fact and fiction?" Pomerantz says he asked his colleagues. The writer explains that the Florida-based politician "demanded absolute loyalty and would go after anyone who crossed him."

Additionally, the Truth Social founder feels as though his book's subject was "always one step ahead of the law." The mention of Gotti was apparently met with outrage from Trump's lawyers. Attorney Joe Tacopina is threatening legal action on his client's behalf if the book goes public.

Former US President Donald Trump speaks at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, on November 15, 2022. - (Photo by ALON SKUY / AFP) (Photo by ALON SKUY/AFP via Getty Images)

"Injecting the name John Gotti into this seems like just another desperate attempt by Pomerantz to sell books," he previously told the Times. As Daily Mail notes, the upcoming release will focus on Trump's allegations. However, the primary story is about the author's journey to build a case against the then-president. It was ultimately never pursued during his time in the DA's office.

Ultimately, Pomerantz resigned from his position in protest last year. At the time, Manhattan's current DA, Alvin Bragg, opted out of seeking an indictment against the reality star. Prior to that, the prosecutor was seeking racketeering charges for Trump. This was because pursuing money laundering came with clear risks. Unfortunately for him, his coworkers became "unenthusiastic" about the project – just one of the reasons it wasn't complete.

It seems as though legal troubles are coming at Trump from every angle these days. Reports recently began circulating that the embattled politician has had a grand jury probe launched regarding his previous affair with Stormy Daniels. Ahead of the 2016 election, he allegedly paid the adult actress to keep quiet about their time spent together.

If things go in the Manhattan District Attorney's favour, it's possible that the father of five could face criminal charges. Aside from that, he's also still being investigated regarding the Mar-a-Lago classified document scandal. Read more about those situations here, and here, respectively, and check back later for more news updates.

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Hayley Hynes is the Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, and has been since 2021. She began writing for the website that same year, primarily covering content in the Music, Pop Culture, and Streetwear niches after graduating from Vancouver’s Blanche Macdonald Centre with a Fashion Marketing Diploma. She previously reported on Travel, Entertainment, Beauty, and News at Narcity Canada for over three years. Hayley has also contributed articles and interviews within these realms to Folklr Magazine and the Calgary Journal while studying Journalism at Mount Royal University. In her spare time, she freelances for Bandbox Vinyl, having already interviewed hip-hop icons like Atmosphere and explored Syd’s discography. Hayley also uses her expansive pop culture knowledge and passion for astrology/self-enhancement to help others explore their curiosity in an ongoing Instagram video series. Among her favourite hip-hop artists are A$AP Rocky, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, and Mac Miller.