The House Judiciary Committee is expanding its investigation into the actions of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office in regards to the unprecedented indictment of former President Donald Trump.
Chairman Jim Jordan requested an interview transcript in a letter to Manhattan District Attorney’s Office senior counsel Matthew Colangelo. The New York Times reported in December that Colangelo was hired four months ago to “jump start” investigations into Trump, after pursuing the former president for years at the Department of Justice and the New York attorney general’s office.
“Given your history of working for law-enforcement entities that are pursuing President Trump and the public reporting surrounding your decision to work for the New York County District Attorney’s Office, we request your cooperation with our oversight in your personal capacity,” Jordan wrote.
On Tuesday, during an unprecedented arraignment, Trump pleaded not guilty to a 34-count felony indictment carrying a maximum prison sentence of 136 years. The charges relate to payments of hush money made to pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels in 2016, a case that prosecutors had previously declined to pursue.
Despite the charges, a group of twelve liberal law professors and Trump critics have deemed the prosecution a dead end, citing the case’s lack of strength, as reported by the outlet.
Jordan reminded Colangelo in his letter of Congress’s authority to investigate his office after receiving significant resistance from Bragg’s office regarding oversight requests.
“The Supreme Court has acknowledged that Congress has a ‘broad and indispensable’ oversight power, which ‘includes inquiries into the administration of existing laws, studies of proposed laws, and surveys of our social, economic, and political system to enable Congress to remedy them,'” the letter explained.
“Rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives authorizes the Committee on the Judiciary to conduct oversight of criminal justice matters to inform potential legislation. Congress has a specific and manifestly important interest in preventing politically motivated prosecutions of current and former Presidents,” it added.
The back-and-forth has prompted the committee to contemplate issuing official subpoenas to Bragg’s office, according to a report from Fox News.
In his standoff with Jordan, Bragg was smacked down by a federal magistrate last week.
ABC News reported that Bragg withdrew his appeal of the judge’s decision and will permit Pomerantz to testify before Jordan’s committee.
Friday night, Bragg’s office announced that they had reached an accord with the committee, prompting the dismissal of the appeal.
“Our successful stay of this subpoena blocked the immediate deposition and afforded us the time necessary to coordinate with the House Judiciary Committee on an agreement that protects the District Attorney’s privileges and interests. We are pleased with this resolution, which ensures any questioning of our former employee will take place in the presence of our General Counsel on a reasonable, agreed upon timeframe,” a spokesperson for his office said.
A representative from Rep. Jordan’s office also confirmed the parties’ agreement.
“This evening, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office withdrew its appeal in Bragg v. Jordan. Mr. Pomerantz’s deposition will go forward on May 12, and we look forward to his appearance,” spokesman Russell Dye said.
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