Alvin Bragg goes ballistic over 'harassment' as House Republicans issue subpoena

 April 6, 2023

While most Americans believe his probe is political, Alvin Bragg is complaining about "harassment" from House Republicans after they issued a subpoena to one of Bragg's anti-Trump former prosecutors. 

Republican Jim Jordan (R-OH) issued the subpoena Thursday to anti-Trump author Mark Pomerantz, two days after Trump was indicted in Manhattan over years-old hush money payments.

Pomerantz quit Bragg's office last year in protest of his handling of the Trump case and wrote a whole book about the investigation, in which he wrote that Bragg "failed to recognize that the case had to be brought to vindicate the rule of law."

Bragg goes ballistic

Bragg, in a deeply ironic statement, claimed Republicans are pursuing an "unprecedented campaign of harassment and intimidation."

"Repeated efforts to weaken state and local law enforcement actions are an abuse of power and will not deter us from our duty to uphold the law," he said.

Of course, Republicans would say the shoe is on the other foot -- that it is Bragg who is weaponizing his legal authority in an unprecedented abuse of power to take down a presidential candidate.

Bragg has been going back and forth with House Republicans since the indictment rumors began swirling last month. Republicans had previously asked Bragg to testify, but he blew off the "unlawful" request.

In his letter, Jordan said that Congress has a legitimate legislative interest in preventing politically motivated probes of U.S. presidents, and in pursuing "legislative reforms" to that end.

No excuses

Jordan told Pomerantz he was "uniquely situated to provide information that is relevant and necessary" to Republicans' oversight probe. Citing Pomerantz's book and media interviews, Jordan told the prosecutor has no excuse to stiff the subpoena.

"As a result, you have no basis to decline to testify about matters before the Committee that you have already discussed in your book and/or on a prime-time television program with an audience in the millions, including on the basis of any purported duty of confidentiality or privilege interest," Jordan wrote.

Jordan also cited quotes from Pomerantz's book showing the political nature of the Trump case and Pomerantz's own bias, including his vanity about being "at the center of what might become one of the most consequential criminal cases ever brought" -- his words.

The indictment, unsealed Tuesday, met an underwhelmed reception even from Trump critics. Bragg upgraded what would usually be misdemeanor charges for "falsifying business records" to felonies by alleging Trump concealed other crimes, but Bragg didn't specify what those crimes were.

A new poll from CNN found that a majority of Americans think Bragg's probe is politically motivated.

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