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Cyrus Vance Jr. might be Donald Trump’s worst enemy now but, back in November 2016, the Manhattan district attorney was full of gushing praise for the newly elected president and even offered his services on criminal justice matters.
In a letter delivered to Trump Tower one day after the 2016 election, Vance congratulates Trump for his “extraordinary victory” and for “so expertly taking the pulse of the nation.”
He adds that Trump “can always call upon me” when it comes to “law enforcement and criminal justice issues.”
It’s a far cry from Vance’s attitude toward Trump now that he is out of office. The Manhattan DA is presiding over an aggressive criminal investigation into the former president’s business affairs and has reportedly convened a grand jury to sit for six months.
The letter, dated November 9, 2016, was obtained by The Post from sources familiar with documents shared with the DA’s office.
“Dear Donald/President-Elect,” Vance wrote on his District Attorney letterhead:
“Congratulations on your extraordinary victory. After so expertly taking the pulse of the nation, you now stand in position to move us forward.
“Realizing how important law enforcement and criminal justice issues are to you, please know that you or your staff can always call upon me.”
He ends by offering “my best to you and Melania, and to your beautiful family.”
Vance has announced he is not seeking re-election this year.
His successor will inherit the two-year investigation in conjunction with Attorney General Letitia James’s criminal probe into Trump’s tax, property valuations and executive compensation which has embroiled senior executives of the Trump Organization and their family members.
Vance did not respond to questions yesterday about the letter.
A spokesman for Trump also declined to comment but, in a press release last week, Trump blasted the parallel New York state investigations as a “continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History … “It began the day I came down the escalator in Trump Tower, and it’s never stopped.
“They failed to stop me in Washington, so they turned it over to New York to do their dirty work … I have built a great company, employed thousands of people, and all I do is get unfairly attacked and abused by a corrupt political system … But the District Attorney and Attorney General are possessed … with destroying [my] political fortunes … because they don’t want ‘Trump’ to run again.”
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