House GOP summons Alvin Bragg to congressional hearing on 'politically motivated prosecutions of federal officials'

"This hearing will examine actions by state and local prosecutors to engage politically motivated prosecutions of federal officials, in particular the recent political prosecution of President Donald Trump."


House GOP lawmakers have summoned Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg to testify in front of the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government of the Committee on the Judiciary. The move comes after Donald Trump was convicted in court on Thursday of 34 counts of falsifying business records in New York.  

In a letter sent to Bragg by House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan, the Ohio congressman wrote that Bragg was summoned to testify in front of the lawmakers for his involvement in engaging in "politically motivated prosecutions of federal officials, in particular the recent political prosecution of President Donald Trump by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office." 

Although not publicly disclosed in Jordan's post and not scheduled on the Judiciary Committee's website, Jordan wrote that a sheet was enclosed with the letter with other witnesses to testify before the hearing.  

Additionally, Jim Jordan also penned a letter for Matthew Colangelo, a former top-ranking official in President Biden's DOJ and prosecutor in the Trump case. The letter read similarly, addressing Colangelo's role in prosecuting the case.  

In response to reports about the letters to Bragg and Colangelo, GOP Representatives shared their thoughts with The Post Millennial. GOP Chair Elise Stefanik said of the conviction, “The unprecedented illegal weaponization of our justice system is dangerous and fundamentally unAmerican. The American people understand that the sole purpose of this sham corrupt trial in NY was to target Joe Biden’s top political opponent, President Donald J. Trump. As a senior Member of the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, I will be working with Chairman Jim Jordan and my House Republican colleagues to hold Joe Biden’s corrupt political henchmen accountable at this important hearing.”

Texas Rep. Chip Roy also told TPM, "I support the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government's invitation to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, lead prosecutor Matthew Colangelo, and former Federal Election Commissioner Brad Smith to testify on the case brought against former President Trump. But it will take more than hearings — the GOP must radically constrain the power of government — but cutting spending used to fund this tyranny, firing bureaucrats, and legally holding people accountable."

Trump was convicted on Thursday on 34 counts of falsified business records in association with allegedly paying off porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an affair with her. Under New York penal code, falsified business records are usually a misdemeanor, however, Bragg and the prosecution claimed that it was for the purpose of a different crime and could be escalated to a felony. If the charges were misdemeanors, they would have fallen outside the statute of limitations. 

Judge Merchan told the jury in instruction that they did not have to agree on what the underlying crime was in order to escalate the usually misdemeanor charges to felonies. 

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