Gaetz wants to hold former Bragg prosecutor in contempt

 June 7, 2023

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is moving to hold a former Manhattan prosecutor in contempt after he refused to answer questions about the indictment of former President Donald Trump.

Former prosecutor Mark Pomerantz testified before the Judiciary Committee on May 12 after being subpoenaed to do so, but he refused to answer any questions, invoked his 5th Amendment rights, and called the hearing "political theater."

Gaetz wasn't pleased, and he filed a contempt resolution against Pomerantz saying that he didn't fulfill the requirements of the subpoena.

"Through his lack of testimony, Mark Pomerantz has undoubtedly undermined the legitimacy of this witch hunt indictment against President Donald Trump,” Gaetz said in a statement. “I believe Mr. Pomerantz engaged in misconduct in his targeting of President Trump, and his refusal to answer simple questions should not go unpunished. He should be held in contempt of Congress and be compelled to answer the questions regarding the weaponization of the Manhattan DA’s office.”

"Harassment and intimidation"

Pomerantz was involved in investigating Trump before Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg took office, and he resigned last year when Bragg at the time refused to charge Trump.

When Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) subpoenaed Pomerantz, Bragg sued to block the subpoena, calling it an "attempt to undermine an active investigation" with unprecedented "harassment and intimidation."

The suit failed, however, so Pomerantz decided to obfuscate on his own even though he recently published a tell-all book about the investigation.

Now he will face the consequences of doing so, with a possible contempt charge.

Will DOJ go along?

Pomerantz may be counting on the Justice Department ignoring the contempt resolution, since it is headed by Democrats and not Republicans.

The Judiciary Committee is looking into the Trump indictment because of suspicions, including by members of the media that are not conservative, that the indictment may have been politically motivated.

It came after the federal government and other officials decided not to charge him over the hush money payments, which he claimed were paid by former lawyer Michael Cohen without his knowledge, even though he allegedly paid Cohen back.

They also decided not to charge Hillary Clinton for nearly the same thing--passing off the Steele Dossier as a campaign expense when it isn't allowed to be and falsifying the business documents that showed payment for it.

Those going after Trump are obstructing the investigation at every turn because they know what the eventual findings will be.

It's a political prosecution, but it's only made Trump more popular.

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