Prosecutor In Trump ‘Hush Money’ Case Has History Of Anti-Trump Action

Matthew Colangelo, the senior counsel overseeing the “hush money” case against former President Donald Trump in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, has a history of opposing Trump administration policies. Before his current role, Colangelo held several positions in the Obama administration.

Colangelo served as chief of staff at the Department of Labor, deputy assistant attorney general in the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, and deputy director of the president’s National Economic Council. During this time, he co-authored op-eds criticizing Trump policies and opposed the administration’s rollback of Title IX gender identity protections, which the Biden administration has since reinstated.

While working for the New York State attorney general’s office, Colangelo assisted with an investigation into the Trump Foundation and a lawsuit challenging the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. District Attorney Alvin Bragg hired Colangelo in December 2022 to manage “sensitive and high-profile white-collar investigations.”

In March 2023, Bragg indicted Trump on 34 felony counts related to alleged falsification of business records in connection with “hush money” payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. During opening statements last month, Colangelo claimed Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen engaged in a “criminal scheme to corrupt the 2016 election,” although the case is not federal and the Cohen payments occurred after Trump took office.