Alvin Bragg files lawsuit against Jim Jordan over House subpoena

 April 12, 2023

House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan has begun reviewing Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's use of federal funds in former President Donald Trump's indictment. 

However, The Hill reported on Tuesday that Bragg has responded with a lawsuit accusing the top Republican of trying to intimidate him. 

DA says Republicans seek "personal aggrandizement"

"Congress has no power to supervise state criminal prosecutions. Nor does Congress have the power to serve subpoenas 'for the personal aggrandizement of the investigators or to punish those investigated,'" The Hill quoted Bragg’s office as saying in the lawsuit.

"The charges the District Attorney filed against Mr. Trump were approved by citizens of New York," the lawsuit continued.

"Rather than allowing the criminal process to proceed in the ordinary course, Chairman Jordan and the Committee are participating in a campaign of intimidation, retaliation, and obstruction," it added.

The Hill noted that Bragg is also taking issue with Jordan's decision to subpoena a former prosecutor who worked on the district attorney's investigation of Trump.

Jordan: "They indict a president for no crime"

Jordan sent the subpoena to Mark Pomerantz after he published a book called "People vs. Donald Trump: An Inside Account."

What's more, Jordan has asked former Justice Department attorney Matthew Colangelo for copies of his personal correspondence with Bragg.

Jordan fired back at Bragg on Twitter, saying, "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."

Chairman accuses Brag of obstruction

Jordan also said during a Tuesday appearance on Fox News' "Special Report" that Bragg is obstructing the Judiciary Committee's investigation.

"We have a constitutional duty to get to the facts, particularly when you have a district attorney interfering with the most important election we have, which is the election of the commander-in-chief; the president of the United States," Jordan stated.

"He takes us to court because we want to talk to someone who left the DA's office a year ago, who went out and wrote a book on this very subject, did all kinds of interviews, was pushing to go after President Trump before he got there," the Ohio congressman added.

Jordan went on to assert that Bragg would rather wage partisan battles than confront New York City's high rate of violent crime.

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