Republicans on the House Supreme Investigative Committees asked for testimony Monday from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg after former President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he expects to be arrested this week in connection with an investigation by Bragg’s office.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), and Management Committee Chairman Rep. Brian Steele (R-Wisconsin) drafted the request in a letter to Bragg, obtained by Breitbart News, in anticipation of a possible indictment.
They demanded many documents from Prague and asked him to contact them by March 23 to schedule a date for testimony with them via a written interview.
If the indictment’s reports are correct, they wrote, Bragg’s actions would “erode confidence in the fair administration of justice and interfere without change in the course of the 2024 presidential election.”
Read a copy of the letter to Bragg below:
They added, “In light of the severe consequences of your actions, we expect you to testify about what clearly appears to be a politically motivated prosecution decision.”
Trump, who is running for president again in 2024, said Saturday that based on what he called “illegal leaks” from the Prague office, he expects to be arrested Tuesday amid an ongoing investigation into a silent money scheme involving porn star Stormy Daniels.
Bragg, whose campaign for 2021 attorney general is financially tied to senior Democrat George Soros, has sought to “breathe new life into an investigation that once seemed deadlocked” by focusing on the Daniels scandal in his first year in office. The New York Times mentioned In November.
The case involves Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen, who said he was pressured into paying a $130,000 silence payment on behalf of the former boss to Daniels ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
Cohen was sentenced in 2018 to three years in prison after pleading guilty to several offenses including tax evasion, arranging gag payments to women, including Daniels, and misleading Congress about past business dealings in Russia.
Quoting legal scholar Jonathan Turley, Republicans asserted that Bragg was now “trying“Same Case with Identical Facts in New Trial, and Revival of the So-called ‘Zombie’ Case Against President Trump.”
Note that a Washington Post Editorial was also named The expected indictment is “unusual” because “prosecutors have repeatedly examined well-established details but decided not to pursue charges.”
Detailing how Bragg’s upcoming potential charges against Trump appear to have a “weak and untested” legal basis and acknowledging what they called a “serious credibility problem” for Cohen because of his criminal record, the Republicans concluded that “Bragg’s imminent indictment is driven by political calculations.”
They justified their investigation of the case in part by saying that Bragg’s soft stance on crime “requires congressional scrutiny” because it may be using federal grants to do its job.
In addition, they said Bragg’s “clear decision to pursue criminal charges where federal authorities have refused to do so requires oversight to inform potential legislative reforms around defining prosecution authority between federal and local officials.”
Bragg’s testimony, if he complies with the Republicans, will likely go through the Judiciary Committee behind closed doors with Republicans and Democrats.
The Prague office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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