(Congress Report) – Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg got some bad news on Tuesday, as his request for a restraining order against Rep. Jim Jordan, made in a recently filed lawsuit, was rejected by a judge. This was done in an attempt to prevent the House Judiciary Committee from investigating the probe that Bragg has been leading against former President Donald Trump concerning an alleged hush money payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential election.
According to Jack Birle of the Washington Examiner, the judge ordered Bragg to send material to Jordan by 9 p.m. Tuesday so the court would be able to hold a hearing concerning the situation on April 19.
“Bragg requested the order in an attempt to block The House Judiciary Committee from interfering in the Stormy Daniels hush money case that former President Donald Trump was charged in last week. Jordan has subpoenaed an investigator previously involved in the case,” Birle reported.
“Bragg filed for a restraining order to stop the enforcement of a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee, which would compel a previous prosecutor in the Trump hush money case, Mark Pomerantz, to testify,” Birle continued.
The Manhattan DA stated that he filed the suit “in response to an unprecedentedly brazen and unconstitutional attack by members of Congress.” In other words, he doesn’t want House Republicans poking around in his investigation, which, if we’re being honest, seems highly suspicious. If everything in this case is legitimate, and Bragg truly believes he has an actual criminal case against Trump, why all of the secrecy? What’s he hiding?
“Lawyers for Bragg are seeking to block a subpoena of Pomerantz, who led the investigation into Trump for the district attorney before he resigned over disagreements with Bragg. The lawsuit said that “Congress has no power to supervise state criminal prosecution” and Jordan is intervening in matters outside of his scope for oversight,” the Washington Examiner divulged.
“Chairman Jordan’s demands, including his subpoena to Mr. Pomerantz, seek highly sensitive and confidential local prosecutorial information that belongs to the Office of the District Attorney and the People of New York,” Bragg’s lawsuit read. “Basic principles of federalism and common sense, as well as binding Supreme Court precedent, forbid Congress from demanding it.”
The suit is also attempting to stop Jordan from being able to issue subpoenas in the future against Bragg or “any of his current or former employees or officials.”
“Jordan and other House Republicans have been conducting an investigation into Bragg’s office and have sent requests and subpoenas for documents and testimony from people connected to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. The investigation was sparked by the indictment of Trump last month by a Manhattan grand jury,” the Washington Examiner noted.
The Ohio Republican Congressman reacted to the lawsuit in a post on Twitter, stating that Bragg was stepping in the way of congressional oversight of federal funds that have been used to investigate former President Trump.
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
“First, they indict a president for no crime,” Jordan asserted in the tweet. “Then, they sue to block congressional oversight when we ask questions about the federal funds they say they used to do it.”
“Why’s Alvin Bragg scared of congressional oversight?” The House Judiciary GOP posted on Twitter. “Really makes you wonder..”
Why’s Alvin Bragg scared of congressional oversight? Really makes you wonder..
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) April 11, 2023
Indeed it does, doesn’t it?
Jordan then revealed that he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of subpoenaing Bragg in the committee’s investigation. He declared the committee has jurisdiction for oversight of the probe into Trump due to federal funds being used, along with the allegations made in the indictment occurring during a presidential election, which is a race for a federal office.
Trump pleaded not guilty to the whopping 34 felony charges made against him in the indictment.
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