A Pair of Republican Lawmakers Attack New York DA’s Prosecution of Trump: Two Members of Congress have called on the man who is pursuing former President Donald Trump in court to be jailed before Trump is indicted. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene and Senator Rand Paul said this week that New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg should be thrown in jail for seeking to indict Trump in matters related to his hush money payment to an adult video actress.
Greene said on a social media post, “Now it’s time to arrest Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg for prosecutorial misconduct after hiding hundreds of pages of exculpatory evidence!” she wrote. “Bragg is on the verge of indicting an innocent former President and top Presidential candidate against the opposing ruling party.”
Bragg Is Linked to George Soros
It is not clear what the exculpatory evidence is that would exonerate Trump or details about his alleged misconduct.
She also said Bragg was “breaking the law” and “trying to incite public unrest.”
She accused Bragg of being a “Soros prosecutor,” referring to financier George Soros efforts to fund leftist prosecutors for election to DA offices around the country.
Republicans Want to Haul Bragg in Front of House Committees
Greene is in support of Congressman Jim Jordan’s attempt to bring Bragg in front of the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions about the investigation into Trump.
The grand jury is expected to hand down an indictment against Trump for falsifying corporate records and committing campaign finance violations relating to the payments to Stormy Daniels in exchange for her to remain silent for an alleged extramarital affair she had with the former president.
Greene also said that public protest is not necessary if the grand jury indicts Trump.
Bragg has stated he will not cooperate with document requests from Republicans on the Judiciary Committee.
The DA said, “We will not be intimidated by attempts to undermine the justice process, nor will we let baseless accusations deter us from fairly applying the law,” Bragg told ABC News.
Two other panels want records and testimony from Bragg – the House Oversight and Accountability Committee and the House Administration Committee plan to hound the prosecutor.
Chairpersons joined Jordan in a letter to the DA that said Bragg was abusing power in a politically motivated manner.
Democrats Deny Congress Has the Right to Meddle in Local Court Cases
Predictably the House Democrats also accused the Republicans of abusing their oversight power and meddling in a court case in which they had no jurisdiction.
Ranking Member of the Oversight Committee Jamie Raskin of Maryland said that Republicans have no ability or standing to question Bragg.
Meanwhile in the Senate, Rand Paul, the senator from Kentucky, also wants Bragg behind bars. Paul went to social media and echoed what Greene said. “A Trump indictment would be a disgusting abuse of power,” Paul said in the tweet.
Paul, not known for being a huge Trump supporter, offered no other explanation around his missive.
It is unlikely that Bragg would end up in jail, but he may be subpoenaed to testify in front of one or more committees in Congress.
Republicans on Capitol Hill and other Trump supporters believe that Bragg is politically motivated to take down Trump, who they say is leading in polls and is the favorite to become the Republican nominee for President.
Democrats believe that no-one is above the law. President Joe Biden is executing a strategy of waiting to see how the case against Trump plays out. He doesn’t want to be seen influencing the grand jury.
This is a prudent decision as Trump has appeared to dig a legal hole around himself. Congressional Republicans may not be able to stop the legal proceedings against Trump.
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March 23, 2023 at 2:13 pm
It’s the other way around, Brent. It is Bragg who has declared war against equal protection of the laws for Republicans by engaging in a facially partisan political prosecution. It is he who has debased the rule of law. As a former prosecutor, this is precisely what future Supreme Court Justice and then Attorney General of the United States Robert Jackson cautioned against when he stated:
“With the law books filled with a great assortment of crimes, a prosecutor stands a fair chance of finding at least a technical violation of some act on the part of almost anyone. In such a case, it is not a question of discovering the commission of a crime and then looking for who has committed it, it is a question of picking the man and then searching the law books, or putting investigators to work, to pin some offense on him. It is in this realm — in which the prosecutor picks some person whom he dislikes or desires to embarrass, or selects some group of unpopular persons and then looks for an offense, that the greatest danger of abuse of prosecuting power lies. It is here that law enforcement becomes personal, and the real crime becomes that of being unpopular with the predominant or governing group, being attached to the wrong political views, or being personally obnoxious to or in the way of the prosecutor himself.”
You are completely wrong here, and you do a disservice to the rule of law. It is Bragg who has declared war on improper philosophical and ideological grounds against the GOP.
March 23, 2023 at 2:21 pm
“Democrats believe that no-one is above the law.”
Really Brent? Why then are they not calling for Hillary Clinton to be prosecuted for mislabeling as legal fees the payments made to Marc Elias to compensate him for conjuring up a completely unfounded Steele Dossier? That was what, $1,000,000.00 of payments? There’s a falsification of a business record to in furtherance of commission of a federal campaign finance violation… the SAME crime Trump is being alleged to have committed at the SAME time and AFTER the events with Trump transpired.
Or shall we talk about the violations of federal law by the Biden family in their process of personally enriching themselves with Chinese and Ukrainian monies over the past 7 years?
What is this about “belief” by the Democrats that no one is above the law? If we had equal protection of the law, either anyone who committed such acts would be charged, or no one would. What you have described of the Democrats is much more akin to Stalin’s NKVD boss Beria’s comment that:
“Show me the man, and I’ll show you the crime.”