As part of its probe into Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office, the House GOP on Thursday issued its first subpoena in response to the indictment of former President Donald Trump.
Jim Jordan (R-OH), the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, has invited Mark Pomerantz to appear before the committee. On April 20, Pomerantz, who left Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office in February 2022, will appear before the committee.
Rep. Jordan argued in the subpoena letter that Congress has a clear and significant interest in preventing politically motivated indictments of current and former Presidents.
According to Jordan, “Based on your unique role as a special assistant district attorney leading the investigation into President Trump’s finances, you are uniquely situated to provide information that is relevant and necessary to inform the Committee’s oversight and potential legislative reforms.”
BREAKING: House Judiciary chair Rep. Jim Jordan has subpoenaed Mark Pomerantz, who resigned from the Manhattan DA's office in February 2022 over Bragg's then reluctance to pursue the case against Trump.— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) April 6, 2023
The subpoena directs Pomerantz to appear before the committee April 20th. pic.twitter.com/GCIRotcxxc
The House Republicans’ pledge to look into Alvin Bragg’s behavior has significantly increased with the issuance of the subpoena. This is the first tangible step made to ascertain the investigation’s true motivation.
On Thursday, Bragg characterized the House inquiry as a “unprecedented campaign of harassment and intimidation,” and he charged that Republicans were aiming to weaken regional and national law enforcement. He contended that the intervention was an infringement on New York’s “sovereignty.”
Shortly after Bragg was appointed district attorney, Pomerantz announced her resignation, citing Bragg’s decision to “indefinitely suspend” the investigation against Trump, who she believed was guilty.
Pomerantz stated on his resignation letter the year prior, “I believe that Donald Trump is guilty of numerous felony violations. The team that has been investigating Mr. Trump harbors no doubt about whether he committed crimes. He did.”
Pomerantz announced his resignation and said he did so because he thought that ignoring the Trump inquiry was a “grave failure of justice.”
Jordan hypothesized that Bragg’s choice to move forward with the investigation and then arrest Trump was influenced by Pomerantz.
Trump appeared in court on Tuesday to answer 34 felony accusations of falsifying company records in connection with payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Republicans, world leaders, and prominent media figures have all harshly criticized Bragg for his decision to initiate these allegations.