A federal judge has denied a request from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg to prevent a former deputy in his office from testifying before Congress about the criminal case being waged against President Donald Trump.
On Wednesday, Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil wrote that the House Judiciary Committee and its chair Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) are well within their authority to subpoena ex-assistant district attorney Mark Pomerantz.
The committee hopes his testimony will shed light on the internal machinations leading Bragg to levy 34 felony charges against Trump tied to a $130,000 payment made to an adult film star just days before the 2016 presidential election.
“No one is above the law,” Vyskocil wrote after a hearing in Manhattan, according to the New York Post. She added that the subpoena served a “valid legislative purpose” and it was outside the bounds of the federal judiciary to dictate how Congress operates.
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DA Bragg had previously sued Rep. Jordan, demanding he refrain from “interfering” in a local prosecution. A judge with the Southern District of New York quickly refused his request for a temporary restraining order.
“Soros-funded Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s (frivolous) lawsuit against House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan is already off to a bad start for Bragg: The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York declined to even enter a temporary restraining order,” said Mike Davis of The Federalist Society.
Pomerantz, the ex-prosecutor, previously oversaw the office’s investigation into Trump before leaving after just a year and subsequently publishing a tell-all book about his experience. He was one of two attorneys who resigned in protest after Bragg initially declined to bring charges against Trump. Bragg now believes he has the information necessary to successfully prosecute the first criminal case in history against a former U.S. president.
Speaking after filing charges several weeks ago, DA Bragg, a Democrat, said the ex-president directed his former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen to obscure business documents in order to disguise a payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels that should have been disclosed as a political campaign expense.
Republicans have largely come to President Trump’s defense and decried the investigation as politically motivated.