Before he could be charged, House Republicans came to Donald Trump’s defense and demanded that the Manhattan district attorney looking into him give over evidence and schedule an interview.
They requested testimony, documents, and copies of any communications with the Justice Department regarding his actions in the Trump case, which they described as an “unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority.”
The Republican chairmen of three House committees sent a letter to Democratic Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on Monday.
No officials were interested in taking the matter, but “what changed? Shortly after delivering the letter, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, stated, “Donald Trump announces he’s running for president and shazam.”
The letter to Bragg implied that Republicans intended to use their control of the House to support Trump as he pursues a second presidential bid by effectively demanding openness amid an ongoing criminal investigation.
Given the customary practice of prosecutors withholding information regarding ongoing cases, it seems doubtful that either Bragg or the Justice Department would answer the request.
The House Administration Committee monitors election law, and its leader, Rep. Brian Steil, said: “It’s the potential activities of the DA’s office that are pretty darn unprecedented.” Steil said lawmakers are checking to determine if Bragg used federal resources during his inquiry.
In an interview, Steil stated there is “a general concern about the politics of the legal system, and we are best served as a nation if our judicial system writ large is not politicized.”
Hush money payments to women who claimed to have had sexual relations with Trump are at the center of the grand jury case.
Bragg’s team appears to investigate whether Trump or anybody else committed crimes in New York state by organizing the payments or by how they did so.
When their investigation might be finished or when charges might be filed is unknown to the prosecution.
Yet, should Trump be charged, law enforcement in New York has been preparing for potential upheaval.
While Trump was in office, House Republicans stood up for him fiercely, and they have continued to do so even after the unprecedented attack on the Capitol on January 6—an incident sparked by Trump’s claims about a stolen election.
State and municipal officials, the courts, and his own Justice Department all dismissed his assertions.
Trump’s legal peril swiftly took center stage as House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and others raised questions about his support for gun control during a party retreat for House Republicans in Orlando, Florida.
Republican from California McCarthy argued that there shouldn’t be any demonstrations or acts of violence in response to the DA’s decision. Yet he did concentrate specifically on Bragg.
People have previously considered these instances and rejected them, according to McCarthy. So this person, who takes delight in not prosecuting other crimes, is trying to develop something while all the violence in New York continues.
You can now plainly understand that it’s all about politics.