As House Republican scrutiny of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's case against former President Donald Trump continues to heat up, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) has taken note of an admission from the prosecutor that his office used federal forfeiture funds in its underlying probe, as Breitbart reports.
Though Trump was not arraigned on the New York charges until this past Tuesday, speculation about Bragg's pursuit of an indictment began well in advance of that, with GOP leaders posing questions about the situation as soon as the former president declared that his arrest was likely imminent.
In late March, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) slammed the prospect of the indictment that ultimately did issue forth, saying, as the Daily Mail reported at the time, “Here we go again – an outrageous abuse of power by a radical D.A. who lets violent criminals walk as he pursues political vengeance against President Trump.
“I'm directing relevant committees to immediately investigate if federal funds are being used to subvert our democracy by interfering in elections with politically motivated prosecutions,” McCarthy added, referencing Trump's declared candidacy in the 2024 cycle.
Jordan this week indicated that Bragg's possible use of federal funds in the Trump prosecution is no longer an open question, declaring that the prosecutor has already admitted as much in correspondence between himself and the panel he chairs.
“First of all, Mr. Bragg conceded that they did use federal funds,” Jordan began during a Tuesday appearance on Fox News.
The Judiciary Committee chair continued, “And his latest correspondence with [Rep.] Jamie [Raskin] and I, he said they used federal funds in the prosecution, in this indictment against President Trump.”
“We also know that this grew out of the special counsel investigation. And of course, that statute is a federal statute. And maybe most importantly, I think as everyone understands, this is election interference,” Jordan added.”
The latest salvo in the expanding House probe of Bragg's actions comes after the district attorney declined to cooperate with a request from congressional Republicans to provide documents, communications, and testimony in what the lawmakers labeled an “unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority,” as the New York Post noted.
In response to those initial demands, Bragg's office argued that there was no legitimate basis for a House inquiry and that it would “not allow a Congressional investigation to impede the exercise of New York's sovereign police power.”
“We urge you to refrain from these inflammatory accusations, withdraw your demand for information, and let the criminal justice process proceed without unlawful political interference,” Bragg's office added.
After additional back and forth on the matter, Jordan remains convinced that there are indeed grounds for his probe to continue, and said during his Fox News appearance, that “everything is on the table” in terms of securing answers.
In Jordan's estimation, a probe of the Trump indictment process could yield information leading to the drafting of legislation that would prevent the use of federal forfeiture funds to investigate a former or current president or even a presidential candidate.
Upping the ante on Thursday, as Politico notes, Jordan issued a subpoena to Mark Pomerantz, a former special assistant district attorney who led an initial probe of Trump, subsequently resigned his post when Bragg hesitated to bring charges when he first assumed office, and later wrote a book on the subject. Whether that is the first of many subpoenas of individuals in Bragg's professional orbit – or even of the man himself – only time will tell.