Former special assistant district attorney Mark Pomerantz, who led the investigation into former President Donald Trump’s finances, was subpoenaed early Thursday by Republican Rep. Jim Jordan. Pomerantz resigned from the Manhattan district attorney’s office in protest after the district attorney hesitated in pursuing Trump’s case.
However, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has criticized the move by Republicans as an attempt to undermine an active investigation and an ongoing New York criminal case. Bragg tweeted that “Repeated efforts to weaken state and local law enforcement actions are an abuse of power and will not deter us from our duty to uphold the law.”
— Alvin Bragg (@ManhattanDA) April 6, 2023
Bragg also called on elected officials to “fulfill their oath of office” by not interfering in an ongoing criminal matter in state court. He emphasized that these officials should instead focus on their job in Congress and not infringe on the sovereignty of the state of New York.
Jordan’s subpoena, mandated that Pomerantz appear before the committee for a deposition on April 20th. Pomerantz’s testimony could provide further insight into the investigation and potential legislative reforms to protect presidents from politically motivated state and local prosecutions
Pomerantz was hired as a special assistant district attorney in 2019 by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to investigate potential financial crimes committed by former President Donald Trump and his businesses. He examined documents and records related to Trump’s finances and worked with other prosecutors to determine whether criminal charges should be brought against him.
Pomerantz’s resignation from the Manhattan district attorney’s office last year due to the district attorney’s initial reluctance to pursue Trump’s case sparked controversy. His forthcoming testimony could provide valuable information on the investigation, which is still ongoing.
Full statement from Bragg:
The House GOP continues to attempt to undermine an active investigation and ongoing New York criminal case with an unprecedented campaign of harassment and intimidation,” Bragg tweeted. “Repeated efforts to weaken state and local law enforcement actions are an abuse of power and will not deter us from our duty to uphold the law. These elected officials would better serve their constituents and the country, and fulfill their oath of office, by doing their jobs in Congress and not introducing on the sovereignty of the state of New York by interfering in an ongoing criminal matter in state court.