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 April 23, 2023

Alvin Bragg withdraws his appeal against House GOP

The Daily Wire reports that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has withdrawn the appeal that he recently filed against Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Bragg has become a household name since he decided to indict former president Donald Trump. Experts have suggested that the case is weak, and Bragg, facing allegations that he is leading a political persecution of Trump, is now being investigated by House Republicans.

In conjunction with this investigation, House Republicans have sought out testimony from attorney Mark Pomerantz. Pomerantz is a key witness for several reasons.

For one, Pomerantz, in the recent past, was a member of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, and, as such, he led the investigation that the office conducted into Trump's finances.

Pomerantz, in fact, was convinced that Trump committed a crime. And so, when Bragg became the district attorney and decided to "indefinitely" halt Pomerantz's investigation into Trump's finances Pomerantz decided to resign.

Pomerantz then proceeded to write a book about his investigation of Trump. And, in that book, Pomerantz - besides insisting that Trump is guilty of crimes - also admitted that he had questions about the credibility of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

This is significant because it would appear that Cohen is a key witness in the case that Bragg has now brought against Trump.

It is against this background that the House Judiciary Committee has been attempting to get Pomerantz to provide testimony in relation to the matter. At first, the committee attempted to get Pomerantz to testify voluntarily, but he refused. And so, the committee subpoenaed him.

This led to a legal battle between Bragg and House Republicans over the subpoena. The Republicans won that battle at the lower court stage, and Bragg appealed.

Now, however, Bragg has withdrawn his appeal.

Bragg explained why in a statement, saying:

Our successful stay of this subpoena blocked the immediate deposition and afforded us the time necessary to coordinate with the House Judiciary Committee on an agreement that protects the District Attorney’s privileges and interests. We are pleased with this resolution, which ensures any questioning of our former employee will take place in the presence of our General Counsel on a reasonable, agreed upon timeframe. We are gratified that the Second Circuit’s ruling provided us with the opportunity to successfully resolve this dispute.

Accordingly, it now appears that Pomerantz will provide testimony to the House committee.

In fact, House Republicans, in a statement of their own, say that a disposition of Pomerantz is scheduled to take place on May 12.

Bragg is attempting to make it appear as though everything went according to plan here. But, surely, the fact that Pomerantz is going to testify at all has to be a loss for him.

Written By:
Oliver Winters

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