Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg Set to Discuss Trump’s Hush-Money Trial with House Judiciary Committee

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg Agrees to Testify in Trump’s Hush-Money Trial

In a recent development, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has consented to appear before the House Judiciary Committee to discuss the ongoing hush-money trial of former President Donald Trump.

This move comes as a response to a request by House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, who has been at the forefront of combating what he perceives as politically charged attacks on Trump and his allies.

Chairman Jordan summoned both Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Matthew Colangelo, who is associated with Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ), to testify before the Weaponization Committee on June 13. This followed a guilty verdict against Trump.

Matthew Colangelo, Bragg’s leading prosecutor, previously served in the Justice Department under Biden’s administration and is known for his lifelong commitment to left-wing activism. Interestingly, it was Biden who sent Colangelo to New York with the mission of convicting his primary political rival on non-existent crimes.

The jury subsequently found Trump guilty on 34 felony counts. This decision came after Judge Juan Merchan allegedly manipulated the proceedings and allowed jurors to select from three predicate crimes committed by Trump.

In a letter addressed to Chairman Jordan, Leslie Dubeck, General Counsel for Bragg, communicated their office’s dedication towards cooperating with the committee’s investigation.

This responds to your letters dated May 31, 2024, inviting representatives of the New York County District Attorney’s Office to testify before the House Judiciary Committee Select Subcommittee in a public hearing about the work of this Office.

This Office is committed to voluntary cooperation. That cooperation includes making the District Attorney available to provide testimony on behalf of the Office at an agreed-upon date, and evaluating the propriety of allowing an Assistant District Attorney to testify publicly about an active prosecution to which he is assigned.

However, the proposed date that the Subcommittee selected without consulting the Office presents various scheduling conflicts. In addition, the Committee’s invitation has not made clear the scope of the proposed testimony; and trial court proceedings in People v. Trump are currently scheduled to continue through July 11, 2024.

The trial court and reviewing appellate courts have issued numerous orders for the purpose of protecting the fair administration of justice in People v. Trump, and to participate in a public hearing at this time would be potentially detrimental to those efforts.

The District Attorney’s Office therefore requests an opportunity to engage with Committee staff to identify a new hearing date, and to better understand the scope and purpose of the proposed hearing.

As with the prior inquiries from this Committee, we look forward to discussing with committee staff how the Office may be able to accommodate the Committee’s invitation while also protecting the integrity of an ongoing criminal prosecution and New York’s sovereign interests.

The letter was obtained by Politico.

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