Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg Will Testify 1 Day After Trump’s Sentencing | EUROtoday

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has agreed to testify earlier than Congress on July 12, a day after former President Donald Trump’s sentencing in his hush cash trial.

A spokesperson for Bragg’s workplace confirmed Tuesday that he’ll seem earlier than the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government alongside Matthew Colangelo, the previous high-ranking Justice Department official who was employed by Bragg in 2022 and helped lead the Trump investigation.

Bragg and Colangelo will face what’s more likely to be a hostile, Republican-controlled listening to the place the chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio has accused each males of conducting a “political prosecution” within the case towards the previous president. It will mark the newest effort by Trump’s closest allies in Congress to discredit the latest 34-count conviction by going after native and federal prosecutors who’ve charged him.

“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,” a spokesperson for the Manhattan DA’s workplace stated. “Nonetheless, we respect our government institutions and plan to appear voluntarily before the subcommittee after sentencing.”

Trump, the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee, was convicted final month of falsifying data to cowl up hush cash paid to a porn actor throughout the 2016 presidential marketing campaign and is scheduled to be sentenced on July 11. Before then, prosecutors can be making suggestions to a choose about what sort of punishment Trump deserves.

Bragg, a Democrat, sued Jordan final yr, looking for to halt a House Judiciary Committee inquiry into Trump’s indictment. He later agreed to let the Republican-led committee query ex-prosecutor Mark Pomerantz, who as soon as oversaw the investigation however left the job after clashing with Bragg over the path of the case.

Soon after Trump’s April 2023 arraignment, Jordan took the Judiciary Committee on the street for a subject listening to close to Bragg’s places of work to look at what he decried because the Democrat’s “pro-crime, anti-victim” insurance policies. Democrats described the listening to and varied efforts since by Republicans as a partisan stunt geared toward amplifying conservative anger at Bragg.

Jordan has proposed withholding federal funding from any entity that makes an attempt to prosecute a former president. He has additionally railed towards what he’s described because the “weaponization of the federal government.” Before Trump’s verdict final month, Jordan despatched a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, demanding details about the Justice Department’s position within the native prosecution of the previous president.

The Justice Department responded in a letter Tuesday, saying that whereas it doesn’t “generally make extensive efforts to rebut conspiratorial speculation,” a assessment by the division of all communications from the beginning of the New York case in January 2021 till the decision confirmed no contact between federal prosecutors and people concerned within the hush cash case.

“The District Attorney’s office is a separate entity from the Department. The Department does not supervise the work of the District Attorney’s office, does not approve its charging decisions, and does not try its cases,” Assistant Attorney General Carlos Uriarte stated within the letter obtained by AP. “The Department has no control over the District Attorney, just as the District Attorney has no control over the Department.”

He added: “The Committee knows this.”

Bragg, a former civil rights lawyer and legislation professor, is in his first time period as Manhattan’s district legal professional. He inherited the Trump investigation when he took workplace in 2021. He oversaw the prosecution of Trump’s firm in an unrelated tax fraud case earlier than shifting to indict Trump final yr.

He and Colangelo beforehand labored collectively on Trump-related issues on the New York legal professional common’s workplace. During the trial, Colangelo delivered the opening assertion and questioned a number of witnesses together with former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks.