Perhaps Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office worker was just having a bad day or may be new to the job. Either way, a House Judiciary Committee staffer was rudely treated Wednesday when they tried to contact the DA.
The staffer reported the initial noon call last week resulted in a hangup when he identified himself to Bragg’s representative. When he called back, a different woman declared, “Your committee has no jurisdiction over us. You’re wrong. Stop calling us with this (expletive).”
The source told the New York Post that they have never encountered a government entity that responded in that fashion to Congress.
They added, however, that no one is particularly surprised considering how blatantly partisan Bragg’s office has become. The source called the response “quite embarrassing.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) sent a letter to the DA’s office last week demanding that he testify over his “unprecedented” pursuit of any indictment against former President Donald Trump.
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Jordan wrote that Bragg’s actions carry “serious consequences.” He added that the committee anticipates “that you will testify about what plainly appears to be a politically motivated prosecutorial decision.”
Many expected the DA’s office to issue an indictment of Trump last week.
Bragg’s general counsel Leslie Dubeck responded on Thursday to the House request for documents and testimony on the investigation. She termed it an “unprecedented inquiry into a pending local prosecution” and said the office will not comply.
She added that Bragg’s team would like a chance “to meet and confer with committee staff” to know what the DA’s office can provide. She qualified this offer by stating that the information handed over would be a “legitimate legislative interest” and within “constitutional obligations.”
A committee subpoena reportedly planned for Bragg was delayed. But on Saturday, House Republican leaders criticized the DA’s refusal to testify over what he termed an “unlawful incursion.”
The Democratic search for anything to pin on the former president shows no signs of abating. Bragg’s office insists on a dogged pursuit of Trump over the flimsiest of reasons, and the House should continue to look into this prosecutorial overreach.