This week, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy released a viral video to set the record straight about Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who brought the case that led to the indictment and arraignment of former President Donald Trump.
McCarthy retweeted a House Judiciary GOP tweet ridiculing Bragg’s claim that New York is “America’s safest major city.” The video, which was uploaded in response to a tweet from Bragg, depicts a daylight carjacking in Manhattan in which an allegedly armed motorist crashes into another vehicle and steals something from the driver.
The incident occurred in 2022 and subsequently went viral. The House Judiciary GOP’s shared video featured a news segment chronicling the incident.
The video was a response to a statement from Bragg, in which he criticized the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee for announcing that lawmakers will conduct a field hearing on April 17 in New York City to examine how Bragg’s policies have affected the area and contributed to an increase in violent crime.
View the video clip below:
"The safest big city in America" https://t.co/sTuVjIPNRO pic.twitter.com/c6YwkDKtAw
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) April 10, 2023
“The shocking incident occurred in September of 2022, though there is no date or context on the unbranded video McCarthy shared, which misleadingly labels it ‘New Tonight.’ Authorities arrested the robbers that month. The main perpetrator was taken to Rikers Island after he was unable to make $250,000 cash bail,” MSN reported.
The field hearing, which is titled “Victims of Violent Crime in Manhattan,” will be held at the “Jacob Javits Federal Building just blocks from Bragg’s Lower Manhattan office and the courthouse where Trump, 76, was arraigned on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records last week,” the New York Post reported.
“The House Judiciary Committee will hear from ‘victims’ of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s policies during a hearing in New York next week — escalating a confrontation with the progressive prosecutor over his unprecedented criminal case against former President Donald Trump, The Post has learned. Republicans have slammed Bragg as being soft on conventional crime while embracing a novel legal theory to bring the first-ever criminal case against an ex-president,” the Post reported.
“We’ll be hosting this hearing next week from NYC. We’ll be hearing from victims who are suffering under DA Bragg’s pro-crime policies. If Bragg can spend resources indicting President [Donald] Trump, he should be able to address the soaring crime in NYC,” committee member Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona tweeted.
After Trump appeared in Manhattan for his arraignment in Bragg’s case against him, McCarthy stated that Congress will take action.
Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 charges alleging he falsified business records related to the hush-money case involving pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels. A Manhattan grand jury indicted Trump in a case involving his alleged involvement in hush money payments to Daniels prior to the 2016 election, allegedly to keep Daniels quiet about an affair they had in 2006.
McCarthy expressed his displeasure and pledged to hold Bragg accountable.
“Alvin Bragg is attempting to interfere in our democratic process by invoking federal law to bring politicized charges against President Trump, admittedly using federal funds, while at the same time arguing that the peoples’ representatives in Congress lack jurisdiction to investigate this farce. Not so. Bragg’s weaponization of the federal justice process will be held accountable by Congress,” McCarthy tweeted.
Numerous other Republicans have issued affirmations of strong support for Trump.
More on this story via Conservative Brief:
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