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Alvin Bragg Responds to Jim Jordan's Letter
Says it's "an unlawful incursion into New York's sovereignty."
In a swift rebuttal to Congressman Jim Jordan's recent actions, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has spoken out against what he describes as an "unprecedented inquiry into a pending local prosecution." The DA further noted that the letter from Jordan and two other Republican committee chairs, requesting his testimony before Congress, constituted "an unlawful incursion into New York's sovereignty."
Jordan, who is the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, along with House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer and House Administration Committee Chairman Bryan Steil, had sent a letter to Bragg asking him to explain his potential indictment of former President Trump in the hush money probe. In their letter, the three Republican committee chairs expressed concern that the potential indictment of Trump was politically motivated and an abuse of prosecutorial authority.
Bragg's response has been widely supported, with many praising his steadfast commitment to maintaining the integrity of local prosecution. The issue, however, is likely to remain contentious as the investigation continues to unfold.
Below are the first 2 full paragraphs from Bragg's rebuttal letter:
The District Attorney of New York County is investigating allegations that Donald Trump engaged in violations of New York State penal law. The investigation is one of thousands conducted by the Office of the District Attorney in its long history of pursuing justice and protecting New Yorkers. The investigation has been conducted consistently with the District Attorney's oath to faithfully execute the laws of the State of New York. The District Attorney pledged that the DA's Office would "publicly state the conclusion of our investigation whether we conclude our work without bringing charges, or move forward with an indictment." He stands by that pledge. And if charges are brought at the conclusion, it will be because the rule of law and faithful execution of the District Attorney's duty require it.
Your letter dated March 20, 2023 (the "Letter"), in contrast, is an unprecedented inquiry into a pending local prosecution. The Letter 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.
They entire PDF of the letter may be viewed below:
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