House Republicans respond to Manhattan DA amid looming Trump indictment

 March 26, 2023

A group of House Republicans, on Saturday, sent another letter to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg regarding Bragg's possible indictment of former President Donald Trump. 

Breitbart News obtained a copy of the letter, which can be read in its entirety here.

This latest letter comes from U.S. Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH), James Comer (R-KY), and Bryan Steil (R-WI).

After the initial news broke that Bragg could possibly be looking to indict Trump - regarding the alleged "hush money" payments that Trump made to adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2016 - House Republicans sought testimony and documents from Bragg.

"Neither fact is a legitimate basis for congressional inquiry"

The House Republicans, here, are looking to investigate the possibility that Bragg's targeting of Trump might be politically motivated.

Many, even many individuals on the political left, have argued that this is the case considering the weakness of the reported case that Bragg has against Trump.

Bragg, however, has not been willing to cooperate with the House Republicans' investigation.

In a reply letter, Bragg wrote:

The [House Republicans'] Letter only came after Donald Trump created a false expectation that he would be arrested the next day and his lawyers reportedly urged you to intervene. Neither fact is a legitimate basis for congressional inquiry.

Bragg added, “[T]he District Attorney is obliged by the federal and state constitutions to protect the independence of state law enforcement functions from federal interference."

The House GOP responds

Now, Jordan, Comer, and Steil have sent a reply letter to Bragg, responding to the objections he made to their inquiry.

The congressmen wrote:

Contrary to the central argument set forth in your letter, this matter does not simply involve local or state interests. Rather, the potential criminal indictment of a former President ofthe United States by an elected local prosecutor of the opposing political party (and who willface the prospect of re-election) implicates substantial federal interests, particularly in a jurisdiction where trial-level judges also are popularly elected. 

The congressmen concluded their letter by reiterating their request for Bragg to voluntarily comply with their investigation.

It remains to be seen whether or not Bragg will comply. Thus far, Bragg, at most, has expressed a willingness to "meet and confer" with the congressmen.

At the time of this writing, Bragg has not responded to this latest letter from the three congressmen. If he does not comply with their requests, the congressmen may look to subpoena him.

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