Alvin Bragg and Jim Jordan reach deal regarding subpoena of former prosecutor

 April 24, 2023

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and House Oversight Committee Chairman Jim Jordan have been locked in a battle over Bragg's decision to indict former President Donald Trump earlier this month.

However, last week saw the Democratic district attorney agree to a deal that gives Jordan a major concession.  

Jordan sought to subpoena former Manhattan prosecutor

At issue is Jordan's desire to subpoena Mark Pomerantz, someone who formerly worked as a prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney's office.

Pomerantz published a book in February called "People vs. Donald Trump: An Inside Account." It purports to offer "a fascinating inside account of the attempt to prosecute former president Donald Trump."

According to the Washington Examiner, Bragg sought an injunction to prevent Pomerantz from testifying before the House Oversight Committee.

However, that request was rejected by District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil, who wrote, "The subpoena was issued with a 'valid legislative purpose' in connection with the 'broad' and 'indispensable' congressional power to 'conduct investigations.'"

Federal judge turns down Braggs request to block committee subpoena

"It is not the role of the federal judiciary to dictate what legislation Congress may consider or how it should conduct its deliberations in that connection," she continued.

"Mr. Pomerantz must appear for the congressional deposition," the federal judge stressed, adding, "No one is above the law."

While Vyskocil agreed that the committee may have political motives, she argued that this is beyond the scope of her review, stating, "I’m talking about the subpoena."

"That’s what’s in front of me, not all the political rhetoric that’s been flying back and forth that’s all color, it’s all theater, but it’s not what’s in front of me," she declared.

Deal reached between Bragg and Jordan regarding Pomerantz's testimony

The New York Times reported that Bragg and Pomerantz subsequently appealed Vyskocil's ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, with the case set to be heard on Thursday.

Yet the paper revealed this past Friday that Bragg and Jordan had reached an agreement under which Leslie Dubeck, an attorney for the Manhattan district attorney's office, would be present for Pomerantz's questioning.

Pomerantz's personal attorney is also expected to be present and the former prosecutor will be allowed to avoid questions regarding subjects that he is not permitted to discuss.

The Times pointed to a statement from Jordan which said he is looking forward to hearing what Pomerantz has to say.

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