House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (OH-R) on Thursday subpoenaed a former Manhattan prosecutor who openly campaigned to criminally charge Donald Trump.
Special Assistant District Attorney Mark Pomerantz’s subpoena follows Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s indictment of Trump this week and Bragg’s refusal to provide documents and testimony to Jordan's committee, calling it an interference in his investigation.
In a letter last month, the GOP-led panel requested Pomerantz’s voluntary cooperation, but he declined to cooperate at the direction of Bragg's office.
In his letter transmitting the subpoena, Jordan told Pomerantz his testimony was needed in part to inform legislators how to protect future presidents from political persecutions.
"The New York County District Attorney’s unprecedented prosecutorial conduct requires oversight to inform the consideration of potential legislative reforms that would, if enacted, insulate current and former Presidents from such politically motivated state and local prosecutions," Jordan wrote.
"These potential legislative reforms may include, among other things, broadening the existing statutory right of removal of certain criminal cases from state court to federal court."
The letter also noted that Pomerantz publicly criticized Bragg for failing to aggressively prosecute Trump last year, and even wrote a memoir describing his eagerness to investigate the 45th president. The GOP chairman said Pomerantz’s public statements about the investigation strongly suggest that Bragg’s subsequent indictment is politically motivated.
"Your book, described as a “300-page exercise in score-settling and scorn,” also reveals the extent to which the New York County District Attorney’s Office’s investigation of President Trump appears to have been politically motivated. Specifically, you describe your eagerness to investigate President Trump, writing that you were “delighted” to join an unpaid group of lawyers advising on the Trump investigations, and joking that salary negotiations had gone “great” because you would have paid to join the investigation,” highlighted Jordan.
“You frivolously compare President Trump to mob boss John Gotti, and claim that the District Attorney’s Office was “warranted in throwing the book” at President Trump because, in your view, he “had become a master of breaking the law in ways that were difficult to reach.” You explain that this “collective weight” of President Trump’s conduct over the years “left no doubt in [your] mind Trump deserved to be prosecuted.”In other words, as a special assistant district attorney, you seem, for reasons unrelated to the facts of this particular investigation, to have been searching for any basis on which to bring criminal charges,” emphasized Jordan.
Jordan cover letter for subpoena can be read in full here.
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