Manhattan DA Bragg, who secured Trump conviction, to testify before GOP-led Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON — Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg, who introduced the hush cash case towards former President Donald Trump, will testify earlier than the GOP-led Home Judiciary Committee in July, together with prosecutor Matthew Colangelo, a supply aware of the plans confirmed Tuesday to NBC Information.

“The Manhattan D.A.’s Workplace is proud to play a vital function in upholding and imposing the rule of legislation for the folks of New York,” a Bragg spokesman stated Tuesday, confirming the district legal professional’s deliberate testimony. “It undermines the rule of legislation to unfold harmful misinformation, baseless claims, and conspiracy theories following the jury’s return of a full-count felony conviction in Folks v. Trump.”

“Nonetheless, we respect our authorities establishments and plan to seem voluntarily earlier than the subcommittee after sentencing,” the spokesman stated.

The July 12 public listening to on Capitol Hill is sooner or later after Trump’s sentencing listening to in New York after a Manhattan jury discovered him guilty of 34 felony counts of falsifying enterprise data. The Judiciary panel additionally introduced that it’s going to maintain a separate listening to this Thursday to “study Alvin Bragg’s political prosecution of President Trump.”

The hearings come as Trump and his GOP allies on Capitol Hill, together with Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, wage battle on the justice system. They’ve claimed that Bragg, local Georgia prosecutor Fani Willis, in addition to special counsel Jack Smith and different federal prosecutors, are politically concentrating on Trump forward of the presidential election.

Jordan, a conservative firebrand and shut Trump ally, introduced the upcoming listening to with Bragg on Tuesday morning, simply as President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was found guilty of three federal charges tied to the possession of a gun whereas utilizing narcotics.

Jordan and different Republicans have steered that DOJ colluded with Bragg, pointing the finger immediately at Colangelo, who joined Bragg’s prosecution crew after working at DOJ and the New York legal professional normal’s workplace, the place he investigated the Trump Basis. 

However on Tuesday, a Justice Division official wrote a letter to Jordan pushing again on “conspiratorial hypothesis” about non-existent collusion between the DOJ and Bragg.

Assistant Lawyer Normal Carlos Felipe Uriarte of DOJ’s Workplace of Legislative Affairs wrote in a letter, obtained by NBC Information, that the company had carried out a “complete” seek for e-mail communications between Jan. 20, 2021, and the day of Trump’s conviction and located no emails in regards to the Trump prosecution, saying it was “unsurprising” on condition that the Manhattan DA and DOJ are separate entities.

“The Division doesn’t typically make in depth efforts to rebut conspiratorial hypothesis, together with to keep away from the chance of lending it credibility. Nevertheless, in keeping with the Lawyer Normal’s dedication to transparency, the Division has taken extraordinary steps to verify what was already clear: there isn’t a foundation for these false claims,” the letter acknowledged.

Uriarte’s letter, first reported by ABC Information, stated that DOJ’s “extraordinary” efforts to answer Jordan’s “hypothesis” ought to put the difficulty to relaxation.

 “The self-justifying ‘notion’ asserted by the Committee is totally baseless, however the Committee continues to visitors it broadly. Because the Lawyer Normal acknowledged at his listening to, the conspiracy concept that the latest jury verdict in New York state court docket was someway managed by the Division isn’t solely false, it’s irresponsible,” he wrote.

“Certainly, accusations of wrongdoing made with out—and actually opposite to—proof undermine confidence within the justice system and have contributed to elevated threats of violence and assaults on profession legislation enforcement officers and prosecutors,” the letter stated.

On Might 31, Jordan formally requested that Bragg and Colangelo — a member of the Trump trial crew and a former Justice Division official — testify earlier than the Judiciary subcommittee on the weaponization of the federal government, which can be led by Jordan.

Particularly, Jordan stated his listening to would discover politically motivated state and native prosecutions, together with Bragg’s case towards Trump.

On Friday, Bragg’s normal counsel, Leslie Dubeck, responded that he can be keen to testify however wanted a brand new listening to date to permit for the honest administration of justice within the Trump case, which is able to proceed via the July 11 sentencing. 

She additionally requested a chance to talk with Jordan’s workers in regards to the “scope and objective of the proposed listening to” in order that he can “accommodate the Committee’s invitation whereas additionally defending the integrity of an ongoing felony prosecution and New York’s sovereign pursuits.”

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