The GOP House Judiciary just released a letter detailing the unfounded and politically motivated actions of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. This move could seriously erode confidence in the evenhanded application of justice and interfere with the course of the 2024 presidential election. That’s why House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH), House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY), and House Administration Committee Chairman Bryan Steil (R-WI) have requested communications, documents, and testimony from Bragg regarding his unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority and potential indictment of former President Donald Trump.
The New York County District Attorney’s Office has been on a wild goose chase for years, relentlessly searching for some basis to bring charges against President Trump. Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, pleaded guilty over four years ago to charges based on the same facts at issue in the impending indictment. Even federal prosecutors determined that no additional people would be charged alongside Cohen. Yet, the DA’s office is attempting to resurrect a so-called “zombie” case against President Trump with identical facts, using a novel and untested legal theory that has experts and legal scholars scratching their heads.
To make matters worse, the DA’s star witness, Michael Cohen, is a convicted perjurer with a demonstrable prejudice against President Trump. Cohen has lied under oath several times and has a deeply personal animus against Trump. There is no way Cohen could be considered an unbiased and credible witness.
This politically motivated prosecution requires congressional scrutiny to ensure that public safety funds appropriated by Congress are used appropriately by local law-enforcement agencies. Furthermore, it requires oversight to inform potential legislative reforms about the delineation of prosecutorial authority between federal and local officials. Congress may also consider legislative reforms to the authorities of special counsels and their relationships with other prosecuting entities. To achieve all this, we demand the release of all necessary documents and communication between or among the New York County District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice, its component entities or other federal law enforcement agencies from January 1st, 2017, to the present.
We need to stand up against this unwarranted abuse of power.
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