Judge Squash’s Bragg, Another Big Court Loss

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Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan is in a legal dispute with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg over a congressional subpoena, leading to a heated hearing on Wednesday.

At the hearing, Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil sided with Jordan, stating that Braggdoes not operate outside of the political arena. The judges decision came after Braggs legal team had attempted to block the disposition of Mark Pomerantz, formerly the Manhattan DA‘s deputy.

Jordan has been fighting against what he and many Republicans view as amanifest abuse of power andnakedly political prosecution against former President Donald Trump. In April, the Manhattan DA charged Trump with 34 counts of falsifying business records related to payments made to Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Trump has denied any financial wrongdoing and any sexual relations with Daniels.

The legal battle between Jordan and Bragg has further implications as Trump is seeking a White House return in 2024. Jordan started a campaign scrutinizing Bragg after reports emerged that a grand jury was likely to indict Trump.

In her ruling, Judge Vyskocil said thattheres politics going on here on both sides, adding thatBragg is presumptively acting in good faith. She also noted that thefirst 35 pages of Braggs complainthave little to do with the subpoena at issue and are nothing short of a public relations tirade against former President and current presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The hearing concluded with Judge Vyskocils ruling thatMr. Pomerantz must appear for the congressional deposition. No one is above the law. The judges decision is a victory for Jordan, who has sought to protect Trumps reputation and political future.