In response to the indictment of former President Donald Trump, the House GOP issued its first subpoena on Thursday as part of their investigation into Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office.
House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) has called on Mark Pomerantz to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. Pomerantz, who resigned from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office in February 2022, is scheduled to testify before the committee on April 20th.
BREAKING: House Judiciary chair Rep. Jim Jordan has subpoenaed Mark Pomerantz, who resigned from the Manhattan DA's office in February 2022 over Bragg's then reluctance to pursue the case against Trump.
The subpoena directs Pomerantz to appear before the committee April 20th. pic.twitter.com/GCIRotcxxc
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) April 6, 2023
In the subpoena letter, Rep. Jordan stated that it is crucial to prevent politically motivated prosecutions of current and former Presidents and that Congress has a clear and significant interest in doing so.
Jordan wrote, “Based on your unique role as a special assistant district attorney leading the investigation into President Trump’s finances, you are uniquely situated to provide information that is relevant and necessary to inform the Committee’s oversight and potential legislative reforms.”
The subpoena marks a significant escalation in House Republicans’ promise to probe into Alvin Bragg’s actions. This is the first concrete action taken to uncover the truth behind the investigation.
On Thursday, Bragg referred to the House investigation as an “unprecedented campaign of harassment and intimidation,” accusing Republicans of attempting to undermine local and state law enforcement. He argued that the interference was a violation of New York’s state “sovereignty.”
Pomerantz resigned from the office shortly after Bragg became the district attorney, citing Bragg’s choice to “indefinitely suspend” the investigation into Trump, whom Pomerantz believed was culpable.
In his resignation letter one year ago, Pomerantz wrote, “I believe that Donald Trump is guilty of numerous felony violations. The team that has been investigating Mr. Trump harbors no doubt about whether he committed crimes. He did.”
Pomerantz stated that he was resigning because he believed that disregarding the Trump investigation was a “grave failure of justice.”
Jordan suggested that Pomerantz’s influence played a role in Bragg’s decision to proceed with the investigation and subsequent arrest of Trump.
On Tuesday, Trump appeared in a New York City courthouse and faced 34 felony charges related to falsifying business records related to hush money payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Bragg’s decision to bring these charges has been met with harsh criticism from Republicans, world leaders and high-profile members of the media.