Amid controversy over Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s political prosecution of former President Donald Trump, one of the Democrat DA’s staffers allegedly cussed at a House Judiciary staffer when they called to discuss the matter.
The rude phone call comes as House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has demanded that Bragg testify before Congress about his “unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority.”
During a phone call to the DA’s office about the issue, one of Bragg’s staffers told the House Judiciary staffer to “stop calling us with this bulls—t” — while claiming that Congress has no authority over the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
According to the New York Post, “when the staffer called back a second time and identified himself, a second woman bluntly told him, ‘Your committee has no jurisdiction over us. You’re wrong. Stop calling us with this bulls—t.’”
A source who spoke with the outlet referred to the staffer’s behavior as “embarrassing,” while noting that her actions were not surprising due to the partisan nature of Bragg’s office.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen any government entity respond to Congress in that manner. It’s quite embarrassing, but I don’t think anyone is surprised based on how partisan that office has become,” the New York Post’s source stated.
Meanwhile, Jordan sent a letter to Bragg’s office last week about appearing before the Judiciary Committee — noting that due to “the serious consequences” of his actions, the committee expects the Democrat DA to “testify about what plainly appears to be a politically motivated prosecutorial decision.”
“Dear Mr. Bragg,” the letter began. “You are about to engage in an unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority: the indictment of a former President of the United States and current declared candidate for that office.”
Jordan went on to point out that Bragg’s office had been desperately searching for something to charge Trump with for several years before settling on the case.
“This indictment comes after years of your office searching for a basis — any basis — on which to bring charges, ultimately settling on a novel legal theory untested anywhere in the country and one that federal authorities declined to pursue,” he wrote. “If these reports are accurate, your actions will erode confidence in the evenhanded application of justice and unalterably interfere in the court of the 2024 presidential election.”
The attempted indictment stems from a supposed “hush money” payment to former stripper Stormy Daniels in 2016, where Daniels was allegedly given $130,000 to keep quiet about sleeping with Trump in 2006 — an event that Trump has denied.
Meanwhile, evidence shows that Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, was actually the one who paid Daniels — and Trump never reimbursed him. Cohen even plead guilty to charges over the payment in 2018.
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Jordan also pointed out that federal prosecutors had determined in July 2019 that they would not be charging anyone other than Cohen in the matter.
“Now, in the words of one legal scholar, you are attempting to ‘shoehorn’ the same case with identical facts into a new prosecution, resurrecting a so-called ‘zombie’ case against President Trump,” the letter read. “Even the Washington Post quoted ‘legal experts’ as calling your actions ‘unusual’ because ‘prosecutors have repeatedly examined the long-established details but decided not to pursue charges.”
Bragg, who is known for letting criminals out of prison and generally being “soft on crime” in his city, responded to the letter via a spokesperson.
“We will not be intimidated by attempts to undermine the justice process, nor will we let baseless accusations deter us from fairly applying the law,” the spokesperson for Bragg’s office told Fox News.
“In every prosecution, we follow the law without fear or favor to uncover the truth. Our skilled, honest and dedicated lawyers remain hard at work,” the spokesperson added.