Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on Thursday formally refused to cooperate with the House Republicans’ congressional investigation into “unprecedented abuse” of authority against former President Trump upon the expectation the former president would be arrested this week in connection with Bragg’s investigation, according to Breitbart News.
Bragg denied providing testimony and documents to top House Republican leadership due to “an unprecedented inquiry into a pending local prosecution,” he told Republicans.
On Monday, Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Oversight Committee chairman Rep. James Comer (R-KY), and Administration Committee chairman Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI) demanded Bragg comply with the committee’s request for documents and testimony in anticipation of the possible indictment.
“The Letter only came after Donald Trump created a false expectation that he would be arrested the next day and his lawyers reportedly urged you to intervene,” Bragg’s replied to Republicans. “Neither fact is a legitimate basis for congressional inquiry.”
Bragg’s response comes as Republicans have raised concerning questions about Bragg’s investigation.
“I think we should hear Alvin Bragg testify before Congress, under oath, about his vision and the fact that this is wildly political and the fact that this was not pursued by federal courts and the fact that the Department of Justice passed on this,” House Republican conference chairwoman Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) told Breitbart News on Monday.
“The case is legally pathetic,” Jonathan Turley, the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, said. “It is extremely difficult to show that paying money to cover up an embarrassing affair was done for election purposes as opposed to an array of obvious other reasons, from protecting a celebrity’s reputation to preserving a marriage.”