Breitbart News has learned that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has formally refused to cooperate with the House Republicans’ congressional investigation into “unprecedented abuse” of authority by former President Donald Trump, in anticipation that Trump will be arrested this week in connection with Bragg’s investigation.
Bragg denied providing testimony and documenters to top House Republican leadership due to “an unprecedented inquiry into a pending local prosecution,” he replied to Republicans.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. James Comer (R-KY), and Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI), chairs of the Judiciary, Oversight, and Administration committees, requested on Monday that Bragg cooperate with the committee’s request for records and testimony in advance of a possible indictment.
Trump’s announcement on Saturday that he anticipated to be jailed in the coming days due to “illegal leaks” from the Manhattan district attorney’s office, which is investigating Trump’s alleged participation in the payment of hush money to Stormy Daniels, created the expectation.
“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,” Bragg’s replied to Republicans. “Neither fact is a legitimate basis for congressional inquiry.”
“[T]he District Attorney is obliged by the federal and state constitutions to protect the independence of state law enforcement functions from federal interference,” he continued.
Republicans have raised issues about Bragg’s inquiry, prompting his rebuttal.
“Was the Manhattan DA’s office in communication with DOJ about their investigation of President Trump?” Jordan asked. “Was the Manhattan DA’s office using federal funds to investigate President Trump?”
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, told Breitbart News on Monday, “I think we should hear Alvin Bragg testify before Congress, under oath, about his vision and the fact that this is wildly political and the fact that this was not pursued by federal courts and the fact that the Department of Justice passed on this.”
Some legal professionals feel that Bragg’s possible case against Trump is weak and may not hold up in court.
“The case is legally pathetic,” Jonathan Turley, the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, said. “It is extremely difficult to show that paying money to cover up an embarrassing affair was done for election purposes as opposed to an array of obvious other reasons, from protecting a celebrity’s reputation to preserving a marriage.”