The House Republican Party is now targeting two former prosecutors who resigned from the Manhattan district attorney’s office over their handling of their investigation into former President Trump.
Attorney Mark Pomerantz and Carey Dunne tried to impeach Trump in 2022 and resigned after Bragg rejected their legal theories.
But Bragg has since changed course: Last week, Trump announced that he expected to be arrested this week, which he did not.
Even before Bragg has issued his rumored indictment about Trump’s hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels, Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan has called not only for Bragg to testify and provide documents, but also for Pomerantz and Carey Dunne do the same.
The House GOP is now setting its sights on two former prosecutors who resigned from the Manhattan district attorney’s office over their handling of their investigation into former President Trump.
Donald Trump sits in the back of his limousine as he leaves Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, Florida, on March 23, as impeachment looms.
House Administration Chairman Bryan Steil and House Oversight Chairman James Comer also signed a letter demanding Bragg’s testimony, and House Republican leaders signaled their support.
“Resigned from office last year over Bragg’s initial reluctance to pursue charges in 2022, Bragg is now trying to ‘shoe’ the same case with identical facts in a new prosecution,” Jordan wrote.
“Based on your unique role in this matter, we request your cooperation with our oversight of this prosecution’s decision,” the Ohio Republican continued.
Jordan concluded: “The totality of these facts is that Bragg’s impending indictment is motivated by political calculations.”
‘The facts of this matter have not changed since 2018 and no new witnesses have emerged. The Justice Department reviewed the facts in 2019 and chose not to pursue prosecutions at that time. Still, the investigation reportedly “gained some momentum this year” and Bragg’s office “convened a new grand jury in January to look into the issue.” It seems the only factor involved was President Trump’s announcement that he would be running for president in 2024.”
And while House Republican leaders are launching investigations before Bragg’s alleged impeachment occurs, some Senate Republicans are rolling their eyes.
While Republican senators shrugged off questions involving the former president, the prevailing sentiment seemed to be, House goes House.
“The House is always going to do what the House wants to do,” South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds told DailyMail.com. “I won’t try to judge them and I hope they won’t judge us.”
Sen. Kevin Cramer, RN.D., expressed concern about the House’s aggressive oversight agenda more broadly.
“You know the House is doing a lot of investigations,” he told DailyMail.com. “What worries me is that all of this is getting in the way of bigger things that are more important to the American people.”
He also said the investigation “might be a bit premature” as criminal charges against the former president have not been finalized.
“It’s a bit of a game, I just think it’s not very interesting to most people at a time when there’s so, so much uncertainty about their own personal situations, whether it’s a crime, or you know, fentanyl. or southern drugs”. border or your paycheck, keeping up with inflation and your ability to buy a house or not buy a house because mortgage rates are so high.’
It’s the latest example of House Republican leaders being ex-President Trump’s attack dogs and upper House Republicans complaining when Trump and his legal woes reappear in the news cycle.
Florida Sen. Rick Scott declined to comment on whether his home state’s governor should intervene on the former president’s behalf after Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz insisted that Ron DeSantis should do just that.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (pictured Thursday arriving at his office) will not convene a grand jury in the secret money case against Trump
The former president acknowledged that he approved a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels to settle what he called a “nuisance fee,” but denied the matter.
“Ron DeSantis should be in the gap to stop any kind of extradition of President Trump from the state of Florida,” Gaetz wrote on Twitter. “The fact that he doesn’t do it puts all Floridians at risk.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham gave a hasty ‘yes’ when asked if he supported the House investigation, but went no further.
“I hope they stick with the agenda that they followed when they were elected by the majority,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told Punchbowl News.
Bragg is investigating whether Trump was involved in the secret payments his former attorney Michael Cohen sent to Daniels during the 2016 campaign.
An official confirmed to DailyMail.com that Bragg canceled the grand jury on Wednesday and Thursday. It’s unclear why the grand jury won’t reconvene for the rest of the week amid reports the panel needs to hear a final witness before making a judgment.
Trump has urged his supporters to take to the streets and protest, as he still maintains complete innocence of any wrongdoing in the allegations. The former president acknowledged that he approved a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels to settle what he called a “nuisance fee,” but denied the matter.
But shocking new documents obtained by DailyMail.com show former Trump attorney Michael Cohen claimed in a 2018 letter that his client or his businesses failed to reimburse Daniels for hush money payments.
The letter to federal authorities could be a stumbling block for prosecutors seeking to bring criminal charges against Trump over the payment.
Cohen, a star witness at the trial, claims that Trump reimbursed him from personal funds. He later pleaded guilty to violating federal campaign finance law for hush money.