(USNewsBreak.com) – Tensions between the House Judiciary Committee and Manhattan District Attorney (DA) Alvin Bragg continue to brew as the case against former President Donald Trump heats up. During its investigation, the House Judiciary Committee previously sent letters to Bragg demanding documents pertaining to the probe. The DA’s office refused to entertain the idea and warned the committee that it was grossly overstepping. Bragg has now taken the next step and filed a lawsuit against not just the committee but also its chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).
Bragg filed the suit in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday, April 11. It claims, “Congress has no power to supervise state criminal prosecutions,” adding that Jordan is demanding an explanation from the Manhattan DA as to why he decided to prosecute Trump. Attorneys for the DA are also trying to prevent Jordan and the committee from enforcing a subpoena sent to Mark Pomerantz, who previously worked on the case and has since published a book.
Breaking: Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg sued Rep. Jim Jordan and the House Judiciary Committee, alleging Republican lawmakers were illegitimately interfering with his prosecution of former President Donald Trump https://t.co/NH5MIxUGee
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) April 11, 2023
Jordan was quick to respond to the lawsuit on Twitter, stating that the DA’s office used federal funding and that his request for oversight is within Congress’ power.
First, they indict a president for no crime.
Then, they sue to block congressional oversight when we ask questions about the federal funds they say they used to do it.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) April 11, 2023
The story dates back to when Alvin Bragg took office as Manhattan district attorney on January 1, 2022. He came into the role while there was an active investigation into former President Donald Trump, which began in 2018 under former DA Cyrus Vance Jr. There seemed to be an initial pause in the probe, during which time two prosecutors resigned. Bragg continued to dig into Trump’s affairs in the months that followed.
It all came to a head when the former president was indicted and charged with 34 felony counts in early April. During this time, the House Judiciary Committee, led by Jordan, was demanding information on the investigation, which Bragg says was a means of intimidation.
US District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil scheduled an initial hearing for the case, which will take place on April 19.
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