Republican Jim Jordan (Oh.) escalated his feud with Manhattan prosecutor Alvin Bragg at a field hearing on New York City's crime surge Monday.
The message at the House Judiciary hearing -- that Bragg is weaponizing the state to pursue a political vendetta against Donald Trump, while ignoring actual crime victims in his jurisdiction -- was unambiguous.
"Here in Manhattan, the scales of justice are weighed down by politics,” Jordan said.
Jordan had invited victims of violent crime to testify, including a mother whose son, Army Sgt. Hason Correa, was murdered. Madeline Brame, who chairs the Victim Rights Council, said Bragg's office treated her family like "garbage."
Democrats, meanwhile, invited an "expert" to repeat partisan talking points.
"New York is safer, on average, than Ohio, Texas and many other places," Jim Kessler of the group Third Way said.
Manhattan Democrat Jerry Nadler, who played a leading role in Trump's impeachments, accused Jordan of "acting as an extension of the Trump defense team." Nadler touted a 14 percent drop in murders last year, failing to note that overall crime surged 22 percent -- while murders, despite the modest decrease, remained stubbornly high at 433.
“Homicide rates are 73% higher in Mr. Jordan’s Ohio than in Manhattan,” Nadler said.
Bragg's office slammed Jordan in a tweet that compared New York to Columbus, Ohio, a city that is run by....Democrats.
"In D.A. Bragg's first year in office, New York City had one of the lowest murder rates of major cities in the United States (5.2) nearly three times lower than Columbus, Ohio (15.4)," Bragg's office claimed.
Democrats have defended Bragg's witch hunt against Trump with the mantra, "no one is above the law." But Republicans have repeatedly said the "hush money" case is evidence of a double standard in the justice system.
Bragg has downgraded more than half of felony cases to misdemeanors, but in Trump's case, Bragg has deployed an unusual legal theory to charge Trump with 34 individual felony counts for "falsifying business records."
Jordan has been leading an oversight probe of Bragg's case, which is widely seen as politically motivated. Even liberals have criticized Bragg's case as weak, but Bragg, ironically, accuses Jordan of leading an "unconstitutional" attack on the rule of law.