Manhattan DA's Office blasts House Republicans' request for testimony about Trump probe

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on Thursday slammed three House Republican chairmen and argued they overstepped in their request for DA Alvin Bragg’s testimony related to the hush money probe involving former President Donald Trump.

In a letter, obtained by NBC News, Leslie Dubeck, general counsel for the Manhattan DA’s office, called their request “an unprecedent inquiry into a pending local prosecution” which “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.”

“Neither fact is a legitimate basis for congressional inquiry,” Dubeck wrote. She also noted that the district attorney in New York is a “constitutional officer charged with ‘the responsibility to conduct all prosecutions for crimes and offenses cognizable by the court of the county in which he serves.’”

The letter was addressed to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer and House Administration Committee Chairman Bryan Steil.

Jim Jordan during a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the U.S. Capitol

Jim Jordan during a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the U.S. Capitol, on Jan. 3, 2023. Tom Williams / CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images file

“These are quintessential police powers belonging to the State, and your letter treads into territory very clearly reserved to the states,” Dubeck wrote. “It suggests that Congress’s investigation is being ‘conducted solely for the personal aggrandizement of the investigators or to ‘punish’ those investigated,’ and is, therefore, ‘indefensible.’”

Dubeck requested a meeting with the staff of the committees to “better understand” their requests for information.

The three Republican chairs had sent a letter earlier this week to Bragg requesting that he testify before Congress.

“You are reportedly about to engage in an unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority: the indictment of a former president of the United States and current declared candidate for that office,” they wrote Monday.

Their letter came after Trump predicted Saturday in a post on his social media platform Truth Social that he would be arrested Tuesday. However, a decision is still pending in the Manhattan grand jury probe relating to a hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels. Their letter marked the first investigatory action from the committees after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., vowed to scrutinize the people who have been investigating Trump.

Meanwhile, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on Wednesday requested testimony from two former prosecutors, expanding a wider GOP investigation into Bragg.

Jordan sent the letters to former prosecutors Mark Pomerantz and Carey Dunne, who were involved in a criminal investigation of Trump and his company, the Trump Organization. Pomerantz and Dunne abruptly resigned from the Manhattan district attorney’s office last year.

In his letters, Jordan requested that the former prosecutors testify in a transcribed interview “as soon as possible,” and turn over documents and information from Jan 2017 to the present.

“Last year, you resigned from the office over Bragg’s initial reluctance to move forward with charges, shaming Bragg in your resignation letter — which was subsequently leaked — into bringing charges,” Jordan wrote to Pomerantz. “Based on your unique role in this matter, and your subsequent public statements prejudicing the impartiality of any prosecution, we request your cooperation with our oversight of this politically motivated prosecutorial decision.”

News Related


NSW star Nathan Cleary ruled out for six weeks with hamstring injury

NSW will need a new halfback for the next two State of Origin games after Nathan Cleary was ruled out for six weeks with a hamstring injury. It’s a major ... Read more »

Pres. Biden celebrates bipartisanship, ‘crisis averted’ in Oval Office address on debt ceiling deal

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden celebrated a “crisis averted” in his first speech to the nation from the Oval Office Friday evening, ready to sign a budget agreement that eliminates ... Read more »

Blue Bloods' Donnie Wahlberg Showed Amy Carlson Unconditional Kindness After Her Exit

Television TV Dramas Giovanni Rufino/CBS Fans of “Blue Bloods” most likely remember that Donnie Wahlberg’s character Danny Reagan and his wife Linda experienced several difficulties in their marriage throughout the ... Read more »

Heartstopper: How Accurate Is The Netflix Series To The Webcomic?

Television TV Dramas Teddy Cavendish/Netflix While people in the LGBTQ+ community losing those that they love is a common trope in television and film, “Heartstopper” takes a different approach. The ... Read more »

Thinking about having a ‘green’ burial? Here’s what you need to know

HOUSTON – For those who want their final act to be environmentally friendly, there are options. Caitlyn Hauke is on the board of directors for Green Burial Council International. She ... Read more »

Canadian fires bring dangerous air quality to the US, impacting millions of Americans

Canadian fires bring dangerous air quality to the US, impacting millions of Americans Dry weather and gusty winds in the Midwest have increased the wildfire risk. ByDaniel Amarante, Kenton Gewecke, ... Read more »

Apple conference, OPEC’s oil cut, Nasdaq at 2023 high in week ahead

Apple CEO Tim Cook to kick off WWDC event on Monday Read more »

‘Mr. Bean’ star Rowan Atkinson feels ‘duped’ by promises of electric vehicles

The British comedy actor wrote an opinion piece in response to proposed legislation banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. Read more »

‘Open, open, open’: Launch of first 7th-generation MRT train draws more than 100 fans

SINGAPORE – As an Alstom Movia R151 train rolled into Tuas Link station, its operator sounded a horn, eliciting cheers from more than 100 people gathered to welcome it into ... Read more »

Perth weather: Arriving FIFO workers treated to foot bath at Perth Airport

Perth is barely afloat this morning after being inundated with severe rainfall overnight. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Perth was smashed overnight by 66mm of rain, affecting everywhere from ... Read more »

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey endorses Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. in 2024 presidential race

RFK hit the campaign trail this week for the first time since launching his candidacy for the Democratic presidential campaign in April Read more »

Ardern awarded top NZ honour for service during COVID

Former prime minister Jacinda Ardern has received one of New Zealand's highest honours for her service leading the country through a mass shooting and pandemic. Ardern was made a Dame ... Read more »

Military jets intercepted a Cessna plane, shocking D.C. residents with a sonic boom

A 2005 Cessna Citation Bravo is pictured parked at the airport in Santa Fe, N.M. Susan Montoya Bryan/Associated Press hide caption toggle caption Susan Montoya Bryan/Associated Press Military fighter jets ... Read more »

WGA Congratulates DGA On Its Deal; Says Strike Will Continue & That Its Bargaining Positions “Remain The Same”

WGA & DGA WGA / DGA The Writers Guild is congratulating the Directors Guild on achieving a tentative agreement on a new film and TV contract but says its strike ... Read more »

James Beard Media Awards: Magnolia’s ‘Big Sky Kitchen’ & Somm TV Among Winners

The Whole Animal Somm TV The James Beard Media Awards, dubbed the “Oscars of food”, has dished out its winners. Magnolia’s Big Sky Kitchen With Eduardo Garcia, feature doc Coldwater ... Read more »

Tyler James Williams Addresses Sexuality & Why Speculating About It May Be “Sending A Dangerous Message”

Tyler James Williams Anna Webbe/Getty Images Tyler James Williams shared a heartfelt message on social media during Pride Month addressing his sexuality. The Abbott Elementary actor made it clear that ... Read more »

Winnipeg celebrates biggest Pride Parade in history, spreading love and acceptance

Winnipeg’s Pride Parade saw its largest turnout ever as thousands of people marched through the city’s streets earlier on Sunday, spreading love and acceptance. There was a sea of colour ... Read more »

Okanagan Humane Society managing rising number of animals in need

The Okanagan Humane Society (OHS) has seen a troubling trend since the pandemic: more and more animals are being surrendered or abandoned for multiple reasons including inflation. Those include one ... Read more »

Ukraine likely behind Kremlin drone attack, US officials say: report

A drone attack on the Kremlin earlier this month was most likely orchestrated by Ukraine, which has conducted a series of attacks on Russian targets, US officials said. Russia has claimed ... Read more »

Migration levels hit record high last year, figures reveal as pressure mounts on Rishi Sunak to crack down

NET migration last year hit a record high of 606,000, shocking figures out today show. The stats come as Rishi Sunak faces huge pressure from MPs and the public to ... Read more »

I’m sharing this photo of my little girl so other parents don’t suffer what I have

HEARTBROKEN parents have issued an urgent warning after their little girl, 13, died after trying a popular internet trend. Esra Haynes tragically passed away when she inhaled chemicals from a ... Read more »

HSBC is DOWN leaving thousands of customers without access to online banking

THOUSANDS of customers at a major bank are locked out of online banking. Access to HSBC online banking is down, according to customers who have complained on social media. Hundreds of HSBC ... Read more »

5 things people get wrong about the debt ceiling saga

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy speaks to members of the media at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on May 24, 2023. The U.S. government will soon run out of cash ... Read more »

Biden is counting on Shalanda Young to cut a spending deal Republicans can live with

Shalanda Young, director of the Office of Management and Budget; and Steve Ricchetti, counselor to the president, leave the U.S. Capitol on May 19. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption toggle ... Read more »

3 ways to protect your money if the U.S. defaults on its debt

Preschool teacher Jaqueline Benitez depends on California’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to help pay for food. If the debt ceiling isn’t raised, SNAP and other federal payments would be ... Read more »

Being a TV writer has changed — and so have the wages, says 'The Wire' creator

Writers Guild of America East members hand out flyers as they walk a picket line in New York on May 16. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Michael ... Read more »

Ohio election officials scramble ahead of August vote on state constitution changes

Supporters and opponents of a GOP-backed measure that would make it harder to amend the Ohio Constitution packed the Statehouse rotunda on May 10 in Columbus. That measure is set ... Read more »

Susan Rice, leaving the administration, talks of what's possible in a divided nation

Domestic policy adviser Susan Rice speaks during a news briefing at the White House on Jan. 26, 2021. Rice is stepping down from the post. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption ... Read more »

Danish sensation Holger Rune targeting Grand Slam victory ahead of French Open

Danish 20-year-old sensation Roger Hune has set himself an objective to "win a Grand Slam this year" ahead of his French Open challenge following an impressive Italian Open. Read more »

Thailand’s Move Forward Party says negotiations for coalition government are on track

BANGKOK – Negotiations over Thailand’s potential government coalition are progressing and could be confirmed in two weeks, said Move Forward Party (MFP) deputy leader Sirikanya Tansakun, even as tensions over ... Read more »
Kênh kiến thức kỹ năng, phát triển bản thân, hướng nghiệp, blog nhân sự