WV Attorney General Seeks DOJ Records To Uncover Potential Coordination In Trump Prosecutions

Republican West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced on Monday that he has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking documents that may reveal coordination between the Biden administration and state prosecutors pursuing criminal charges against former President Donald Trump.

Morrisey’s request comes as Trump faces both state and federal charges in New York, Georgia, the District of Columbia and Florida.

In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, Morrisey expressed concern about the involvement of Matthew Colangelo, a former high-ranking DOJ official who is now leading the prosecution of Trump in New York.

Colangelo previously worked for the DOJ and received money from the Democratic National Committee before taking on the state prosecutorial role in Manhattan.

Morrisey also pointed to public documents suggesting that prosecutors in Fulton County, Georgia, had contact with the White House and media reports indicating that the DOJ may have provided a roadmap for charges against Trump.

He argued that coordinating to advance election-influencing prosecutions violates the DOJ’s own guidelines prohibiting actions that affect elections or give an advantage or disadvantage to any candidate or political party.

“We need to get to the bottom of this political prosecution of a former president who is on track to defeat the incumbent in November,” Morrisey said in a statement. He called the strategy against Trump an “unprecedented weaponization of the prosecutorial system for political ends.”