Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg set to be dragged to the Hill someday after Trump’s sentencing | EUROtoday

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Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is about to testify earlier than a Republican-controlled House committee someday after Donald Trump is scheduled for sentencing on 34 felony convictions that have been secured by Bragg’s workplace.

A spokesperson for the district legal professional’s workplace confirmed to The Independent Tuesday that Bragg and Assistant District Attorney Matthew Colangelo have agreed to “voluntarily appear” earlier than the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government on July 12.

“The Manhattan DA’s Office is proud to play a crucial role in upholding and enforcing the rule of law for the people of New York,” a spokesperson for the workplace stated in an announcement shared with The Independent.

Trump – who briefly sat for a digital pre-sentencing interview with a probation officer on Monday – faces as much as 4 years in jail, fines, probation, or another sentence when he seems earlier than Justice Juan Merchan on July 11.

Colangelo, a former federal prosecutor with the Department of Justice, joined the district legal professional’s workplace in 2022 and was on the group that attempted the case towards the previous president.

The two prosecutors are anticipated to face a risky panel of Republican lawmakers, led by chair Jim Jordan, who’ve amplified baseless allegations that the case in New York was underneath the route of President Joe Biden as a part of a politically motivated scheme to maintain Trump away from the White House.

Alvin Bragg and Matthew Colangelo, right, speak to reporters in Manhattan on May 30. They are set to testify to Congress a day after Donald Trump is sentenced in his New York hush money case.
Alvin Bragg and Matthew Colangelo, proper, communicate to reporters in Manhattan on May 30. They are set to testify to Congress a day after Donald Trump is sentenced in his New York hush cash case. (REUTERS)

In a latest letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, Jordan demanded paperwork from the workplace “given the perception that the Justice Department is assisting in Bragg’s politicized prosecution.”

Jordan additionally convened a so-called “field hearing” in downtown Manhattan final yr after Trump’s indictment to color Bragg’s workplace as “pro-crime” and “anti-victim.”

“It undermines the rule of law to spread dangerous misinformation, baseless claims, and conspiracy theories following the jury’s return of a full-count felony conviction in People v Trump,” the DA’s spokesperson added on Tuesday.

“Nonetheless, we respect our government institutions and plan to appear voluntarily before the subcommittee after sentencing.”

On Thursday, the GOP-controlled House Judiciary Committee is about to additionally maintain a listening to “to examine Alvin Bragg’s political prosecution of President Trump.”

That panel will embody Missouri’s Republican Attorney General Andrew Bailey, Trump’s former Federal Election Commission chair Trey Trainor and conservative lawyer Elizabeth Price Foley.

A letter to Jordan from Assistant Attorney General Carlos Uriarte on Tuesday refuted his allegations that Colangelo was “dispatched” to Manhattan to prosecute the Trump case, including that any “accusations of wrongdoing made without – and in fact contrary to – evidence undermine confidence in the justice system and have contributed to increased threats of violence and attacks on career law enforcement officials and prosecutors.”

Uriarte stated there may be “no basis” for GOP-fueled accusations of collusion between the Justice Department and Manhattan prosecutors, and that the outcomes of a “comprehensive search” of division messages didn’t discover any proof of correspondence “regarding any investigation or prosecution of the former president.”

“This is unsurprising,” he wrote. “Our extraordinary efforts to respond to your speculation should put it to rest.”

House Committee Chair Jim Jordan speaks during a hearing on the US Department of Justice on June 4.
House Committee Chair Jim Jordan speaks throughout a listening to on the US Department of Justice on June 4. (AP)

Garland additionally wrote a uncommon op-ed revealed in The Washington Post on Tuesday, warning towards “an escalation of attacks that go far beyond public scrutiny, criticism, and legitimate and necessary oversight” from Republicans.

The legal professional basic wrote that such assaults are “baseless, personal and dangerous” and have instantly impressed threats of violence towards his division’s personnel, and he condemned assaults “in the form of conspiracy theories crafted and spread for the purpose of undermining public trust in the judicial process itself.”

Manhattan voters overwhelmingly elected Bragg as New York County’s district legal professional in 2021.

In 2022, he oversaw the conviction of the Trump Organization on expenses stemming from a decades-long tax fraud scheme. Trump was not charged in that case. A grand jury indicted the previous president in March 2023.

Colangelo delivered opening statements in Trump’s felony trial and questioned a number of witnesses, together with Trump’s former White House aide Hope Hicks.