The Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, is facing criticism from Republican lawmakers for his indictment of former President Donald Trump. On Tuesday, Rep. Jim Jordan, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, filed a lawsuit against the District Attorney in an effort to stop his investigation of the former president.
The lawsuit claims that the District Attorney is using his office to “intimidate and attack” Jordan and that he lacks the authority to interfere with a state–level criminal case. It also seeks to invalidate subpoenas issued by the committee as part of its investigation into Bragg’s handling of the case.
Jordan has been vocal in his criticism of Bragg’s handling of the case, sending letters and subpoenas to individuals involved with the investigation. He has also alleged that Bragg is pursuing a “pro–crime, anti–victim” agenda in Manhattan, citing statistics that show a rise in violent crime in some areas of the city.
The Republican lawmaker has also accused Bragg of using the Trump investigation to further his own political agenda and is seeking to uncover the funds that were used in the investigation.
The committee is scheduled to hold a hearing in Manhattan on Monday to further investigate the District Attorney’s policies and how they relate to crime in the city. While many expect Jordan to subpoena Bragg, a court fight over the subpoena could impede the committee’s investigation and amplify criticism that the panel is playing politics instead of addressing substantive issues.
The Republican party has been supportive of Jordan’s efforts to investigate the District Attorney’s handling of the Trump case. In a tweet, Jordan said, “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.”
From House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) in response to Bragg lawsuit:
“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.”
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) April 11, 2023
The case will be heard in U.S. District Court on April 19. Until then, Jordan and other Republican lawmakers will continue to push for answers on the District Attorney’s handling of the Trump case.
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg sues Rep. Jim Jordan over his "unprecedentedly brazen and unconstitutional attack" on the investigation and prosecution of Trump.
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— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) April 11, 2023