Apr 19, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Ex-prosecutor must appear before House GOP over Trump probe, judge rules

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg speaks during a press conference following the arraignment of former U.S. President Donald Trump April 4, 2023 in New York City.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg speaking during a press conference in New York City earlier this month. Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images

A former Manhattan district attorney's office prosecutor must appear before the House Judiciary Committee to testify on the probe into former President Trump after a federal judge ruled Wednesday there's no legal reason to block his subpoena.

Driving the news: Former prosecutor Mark Pomerantz "must appear for the congressional deposition" as "no one is above the law," the Trump-appointed U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskoci ruled. Pomerantz filed an appeal against the decision Wednesday evening.

Catch up quick: Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg filed a lawsuit earlier this month, accusing House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) of trying to interfere in his criminal investigation into Trump over alleged hush money payments.

  • The suit came a day after the Judiciary Committee announced plans to hold a field hearing in Manhattan focused on violent crime and "how Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s pro-crime, anti-victim policies have led to an increase in violent crime," according to an advisory.
  • Two days later, Jordan subpoenaed Pomerantz, who resigned in protest of Bragg’s initial unwillingness to pursue charges against Trump.

What they're saying: "The subpoena was issued with a 'valid legislative purpose' in connection with the 'broad' and 'indispensable' congressional power to 'conduct investigation," Vyskoci said on Wednesday afternoon.

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