Thursday, July 18, 2024

Odds Over Alvin Bragg, Jim Jordan Win Subpoena Fight


Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Representative Jim Jordan have settled their battle over a House Judiciary Committee subpoena from a former Manhattan prosecutor.

Both sides in the dispute, however, have claimed victory over the settlement.

Following former President Donald Trump’s impeachment of Bragg, Jordan, who chairs the House committee, promised to launch an oversight investigation into the district attorney’s policies. Republican congressmen have argued that the prosecution of Bragg, the former president who was charged last month with 34 felonies related to falsification of business records, is an attempt to interfere in the 2024 election.


Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, left, speaks at a press conference on April 18, 2023 in New York City. Representative Jim Jordan, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, right, comments during a congressional hearing on February 1, 2023 in Washington, D.C. Bragg reached an agreement with the committee on Friday to testify a former Manhattan prosecutor before Congress in Jordan allowed to testify. Bragg’s office investigation.
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As part of his oversight, Jordan issued a subpoena to former prosecutor Mark Pomerantz, who previously led the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office investigation into Trump’s finances before resigning in February 2022. A Trump-appointed judge in court this week ruled that members of the House have a “constitutional authority” to issue subpoenas as part of a “legitimate legislative purpose.”

Bragg immediately filed an appeal and on Thursday was granted a stay by the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals, which temporarily blocked Jordan’s summons.

On Friday, however, a Jordanian spokesman shared a statement It said on Twitter that Bragg’s office had “withdrawn the appeal” of the decision, allowing Pomerantz’s deposition to proceed to the following month.

Bragg bowed. @Jim_Jordan won,” the House Judiciary Committee GOP wrote in a separate do,

Bragg’s Office Spokesman react on Jordan’s statement, however, saying that “the successful stay of this subpoena blocked the immediate deposition and allowed us the time necessary to coordinate with the House Judiciary Committee on an agreement that protects the district attorney’s privileges and interests.” Gave.”

“We are pleased with this resolution, which ensures that any questioning of our former employee will take place in the presence of our general counsel at an appropriate time frame,” the statement continued. “We are grateful that the Second Circuit’s decision has provided us with an opportunity to successfully resolve this dispute.”

The concession to allow a lawyer from Bragg’s office with Pomerantz is not normally allowed in congressional statements, The Associated Press informed of, Pomerantz will testify before Congress on May 12, according to a statement from the House Judiciary.

In a resignation letter posted in March 2022, Pomerantz said he had “no doubt” that the former president had committed “many” felonies, and called Bragg’s previous decision to withdraw from the criminal investigation a “serious failure of justice”. .

Jordan previously said that Pomerantz’s “unique role” as the former head of Trump’s criminal investigation means he is “uniquely positioned to provide information that will inform the committee’s oversight and potential legislative reforms.” relevant and necessary for

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