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The House Judiciary Committee is calling for the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg to testify before Congress during his “unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority.”
He is reportedly considering indicting former President Donald Trump on charges related to alleged hush money payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016.
Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) sent a letter to Bragg on Monday demanding his testimony. The letter was also signed by House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) and also House Committee on Administration Chairman Brian Steil (R-WIS.).
Jordan warned Bragg that if news reports of a possible Trump indictment are correct, that Bragg’s actions “will erode confidence in the evenhanded application of justice and unalterably interfere in the court of the 2024 presidential election.”
“In light of the serious consequences of your actions, we expect that you will testify about what plainly appears to be a politically motivated prosecutorial decision,” Jordan wrote.
The potential charges come from the $130,000 hush money payment then-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen made to adult film star Stormy Daniels in the weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election in exchange for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.
Federal prosecutors in the U.S. attorneys office for the Southern District of New York opened out of charging Trump relayed to the Stormy Daniels payment in 2019. The Federal Election Commission also threw out the investigation into the matter in 2021.
“The legal theory underlying your reported prosecution appears to be tenuous and untested,” Jordan wrote.
The statute of limitations on a matter of “falsifying business records,” which Jordan said “would ordinarily be a misdemeanor subject to a two-year statute of limitations,” would have “expired long ago.”
“State law, however, allows a district attorney to ‘elevate nominal misdemeanor conduct’ to a felony charge if the ‘intent to defraud includes an intent to commit another crime or to aid or conceal the commission thereof,’” Jordan wrote.
Jordan said that the five-year statute “would likely expire soon and thus explains your rush to indictment.”
“The only potential speculated crime that could be alleged here would be a violation of campaign finance law, according to one scholar, a charge that the Justice Department has already declined to bring,” Jordan wrote.
Jordan slammed Bragg’s “star witness” Michael Cohen.
“In addition to the novel and untested legal theory, your star witness for this prosecution has a serious credibility problem—a problem that you have reportedly recognized,” Jordan wrote.
“This case relies heavily on the testimony of Michael Cohen, a convicted perjurer with a demonstrable prejudice against President Trump.”
Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison in 2018 after pleading guilty to federal charges, including lying to Congress, as well as campaign finance violations and tax evasion.
“In 2019, when he testified before Democrats on the House Oversight Committee to aid their fruitless investigation into President Trump, Cohen lied again—six times,” Jordan said, adding that Cohen “has been vocal about his deeply personal animus toward President Trump.”
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