(CNSNews.com) – “Obstruction” accusations are flying both ways between Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
Bragg is now suing Jordan for “participating in a campaign of intimidation, retaliation, and obstruction” and for interfering with the New York criminal justice process, as the lawsuit reads.
Bragg’s lawsuit is an attempt to block Jordan’s subpoena of Mark Pomerantz, who quit his job in Bragg’s office last year, after Bragg decided not to prosecute former president Donald Trump.
Bragg later changed his mind, and his office last week announced a 34-count felony indictment of Trump for allegedly falsifying business records in connection with a payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
After leaving the DA’s office, Pomerantz wrote a book explaining why he believed Trump should be prosecuted.
“Pomerantz’s public statements about the investigation strongly suggest that Bragg’s prosecution of President Trump is politically motivated,” Jordan said when he subpoenaed Pomerantz.
On Tuesday, Jordan told Fox News that Bragg is “obstructing our investigation.”
“We have a constitutional duty to get to the facts, particularly when you have a district attorney interfering with the most important election we have, which is the election of the commander in chief, the president of the United States.
“And understand what happened here. Alvin Bragg used federal funds to indict a former president for no crime. And then, when we ask questions about it, when we want to investigate, he takes us to court. And he takes us to court because we want to talk to someone who left the DA’s office a year ago, who went out and wrote a book on this very subject, did all kinds of interviews, was pushing to go after President Trump before he got there, while he got there.
“When he left, he wrote a book about it. And we’re not allowed to talk to him to do our duty. They’re obstructing our constitutional duty to do oversight.”
Jordan says the purpose of the oversight is to determine whether legislative reforms are needed to “prevent state or local politically motivated prosecutions of current or former presidents.”
Jordan said having a local prosecutor such as Bragg go after a former president of the United States crosses a line than never should have been crossed:
“One of the pieces of legislation we expect to bring forward real quickly from our committee is…if you’re going to do something like this, you at least have to remove that case to federal court. You don’t try it in some local court. This is a huge issue for the country, and everyone sees it, even Andy McCabe.
“Andy McCabe, former acting director of the FBI, no fan of Republicans or President Trump, even he said last week that this case was pretty unimpressive, pretty bad case that Alvin Bragg has brought forward. Everyone understands it’s politics. We’re just — we just want to get the facts out there and show the American people what’s going on.”
In addition to the case brought by Bragg’s office, the State of Georgia and a special prosecutor also are investigating Trump, and Jordan said he’s “really concerned” that Trump may face indictments stemming from those additional probes.
“I hope it doesn’t happen, because it’s just not healthy for the country,” Jordan said.
“And they have been out to get this guy. This is the saddest part of all. 2016, they spied on his campaign, Bret. 2018, it was the Mueller investigation. 2020, they suppressed the Hunter Biden story. 2022, they raid his home 91 days before the midterm election.
“And now here we have this from the DA in Manhattan, and I think potentially from Georgia and the special counsel as well. The country understands this is wrong. It shouldn’t be about politics. But, unfortunately, for the left today, it’s all about politics, all about going after their opposition.”
On a separate topic, Jordan announced that the Judiciary Committee will hold a field hearing in New York City next week to examine Alvin Bragg’s “radical pro-crime, anti-victim policies” that “have led to an increase in violent crime in New York City.”
“Don’t be fooled, the House GOP is coming to the safest big city in America for a political stunt,” said a spokesman for Bragg’s office.
“This hearing won’t engage in actual efforts to increase public safety, such as supporting national gun legislation and shutting down the iron pipeline.”
The spokesman said if Jordan really cared about public safety, he would go to one of Ohio’s big cities, “instead of using taxpayer dollars to travel hundreds of miles out of his way.”
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