The office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is dissatisfied with queries from congressional Republicans.
Wednesday, an employee of the House Judiciary Committee contacted the prosecutor’s office, and a lady in Bragg’s office cursed at the staffer, according to the New York Post.
The incident occurred after the Bragg employee ended the first call.
On the second call, the employee of the prosecutor’s office answered promptly with obscenities.
According to the Post, the woman responded, “Stop calling us with this bull****,”
“Your committee has no jurisdiction over us. You’re wrong.”
A source told the Post that the Judiciary worker was astonished by the prosecutor’s office’s lack of etiquette.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen any government entity respond to Congress in that manner,” the source said.
“It’s quite embarrassing, but I don’t think anyone is surprised based on how partisan that office has become.”
Members of Bragg’s office have objected to the possibility of a probe by the House Judiciary Committee into Bragg’s investigation targeting former President Donald Trump.
A lawyer representing Bragg, whose campaign was backed by Democratic donor George Soros, stated in a letter to the House committee on Thursday that the committee’s demand that the prosecutor speak before Congress was “unprecedented,” according to CNBC.
According to The New York Times, the general counsel for the District Attorney of New York, Count Leslie Dubeck, described the action as an assault on New York’s sovereignty under federalism.
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The centerpiece of Bragg’s investigation into Trump is alleged payments made to Stormy Daniels during the billionaire’s 2016 presidential campaign.
It is anticipated that, should he continue with an indictment, Bragg would charge Trump with campaign finance and tax offenses relating to the payments.
Republican Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Jim Jordan of Ohio has demanded papers and testimony from former workers of Bragg’s office who left in protest of Bragg’s decision not to press charges against Trump last year.
It is unknown whether or when a grand jury convened by Bragg will announce any possible indictments.