House Republicans have serious questions for two former prosecutors who resigned from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office due to how it was handling the investigation into former President Trump concerning the alleged payment of hush money in the Stormy Daniels case.
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Attorneys Mark Pomerantz and Carey Dunne were chomping at the bit to prosecute Trump in 2022. Both resigned after District Attorney Alvin Bragg rejected their legal theories.
Inexplicably, Bragg suddenly reversed course in March. Last week, Trump announced that he fully expected to be arrested. That has not happened yet and whether it actually will or not is unknown. Arresting the former president, doing a perp walk, and finger-printing him would be explosive and the fallout would be historic. Bragg is now claiming that Trump created a “false expectation” of being arrested.
Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan is calling on Bragg, Poomerantz, and Dunne to testify and provide documents on the rumored indictment of Trump.
House Administration Chair Bryan Steil and House Oversight Chair James Comer signed a letter demanding that Bragg testify as well. House GOP leadership is reportedly supporting that demand.
Was it a bluff? D.A. Bragg blames Trump as case fadeshttps://t.co/naUNaV2hXX
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) March 24, 2023
“Last year, you resigned from the office over Bragg’s initial reluctance to move forward with charges in 2022, Bragg is now attempting to ‘shoehorn’ the same case with identical facts into a new prosecution,” Jordan accused. “Based on your unique role in this matter, we request your cooperation with our oversight of this prosecutorial decision.”
“The totality of these facts is that Bragg’s impending indictment is motivated by political calculations,” he charged.
“The facts of this matter have not changed since 2018 and no new witnesses have emerged. The Justice Department examined the facts in 2019 and opted not to pursue further prosecutions at that time. Even still, according to reporting, the investigation ‘gained some momentum this year,’ and Bragg’s office ‘convened a new grand jury in January to evaluate the issue.’ The only intervening factor, it appears, was President Trump’s announcement that he would be a candidate for president in 2024,” the Republican stated.
Some Republican senators, however, seem intent on letting Democrats do whatever they please when it comes to Trump, according to the Daily Mail.
“The House is always gonna do what the House wants to do,” Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) told the Daily Mail in an interview. “I won’t try to pass judgment on them and I hope they won’t pass judgment on us.”
“You know the House is doing a lot of investigations,” Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) commented. “What I worry about is that all of this stuff gets in the way of bigger things that are more important to the American people.”
He also remarked that the investigation “could be a little bit premature.”
“It’s a little bit of gamesmanship going on, I just think it’s not very interesting to most people at a time when there’s so much uncertainty about their own personal situations, whether it’s crime, or you know, fentanyl or southern border or their paycheck, keeping up with inflation and their ability to buy a home or not buy a home because mortgage rates are so high,” Cramer asserted.
The Daily Mail is reporting that an unnamed official confirmed that Bragg canceled the grand jury on Wednesday and Thursday. It is unknown why he allegedly did so.
Trump has called for supporters to protest his arrest if it happens and claims he is innocent of the charges. Those charges amount to a misdemeanor that the statute of limitations has run out on. Bragg is ostensibly attempting to resurrect it and tie it to other charges in order to turn it into something worse.
According to the Daily Mail, new documents show that Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen claimed in a 2018 letter that he wasn’t reimbursed by his client or his businesses for the alleged hush money payments to Daniels.
That piece of evidence could render the whole case against Trump moot because there is in essence no money trail leading back to the former president. Cohen claims that Trump reimbursed him with personal funds.
First they concealed 41,000 hours of exculpatory J6 footage
Now we learn NY DA Alvin Bragg didn’t show the Grand Jury a letter from Michael Cohen’s lawyer saying he paid Stormy & didn’t get reimbursed by Trump
When will these corrupt prosecutors get prosecuted?
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) March 23, 2023
Meanwhile, the Democrats are rushing to Bragg’s defense.
“Let’s wait to see if there are going to be charges. Let’s see what the charges are. Let’s see what the evidence is,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, stated according to The Hill. “And we should let law enforcement do their jobs without political interference.”
“I always scratch my head when I hear that — as if we have the ability to politically choreograph the sequencing of criminal justice. I mean, give me a break,” Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) said. “The process and the law should just play out, and we should stay the hell out of it.”
“From a political standpoint, it may have an impact on how this is all interpreted and received, and how certain people are able to spin it,” Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) asserted. “But the central question is the independence of these prosecutors, and their ability to do their jobs. And they have to do their jobs regardless of the political fallout.”
The underlying question is… did Democrats pressure Bragg to resurrect the charges and go after Trump because he’s a threat in 2024. If he backs off now, his career may be over.
“Alvin Bragg is caught between a rock and a hard spot,” Susan Del Percio, a longtime New York-based Republican strategist who has opposed Trump, noted according to The Hill. “He had to bring the charges forward because of public pressure, but he isn’t sure if they’ll stick.”
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