The case against former President Donald Trump, brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, is expected to drag on for quite a while.
Multiple legal maneuvers have already been made, as Republican leaders continue to push back against the proceedings. This includes Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), head of the House Judiciary Committee.
And this week, a judge gave Jordan a significant victory over Bragg.
The House Judiciary Committee has been probing the indictment of Trump from the start, which has proven problematic for the prosecutors.
That’s why DA Bragg requested a restraining order against Rep. Jordan and his Committee, so they wouldn’t be able to further interfere in the case. However, the court doesn’t view it as “interference.”
The ruling also came with an added bonus for Jordan and the GOP.
Via Washington Examiner:
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s request for a restraining order in his lawsuit against Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) was declined by a judge on Tuesday.
The judge ordered Bragg to send material to Jordan by 9 p.m. Tuesday so the court could have a hearing on the situation on April 19.
Not only did the DA not get the restraining order, but he has only a few days to provide the Committee with the requested material.
Rep. Jordan subpoenaed an investigator involved with the case, and Bragg filed for a restraining order so the subpoena wouldn’t be enforced. This would force a previous prosecutor, Mark Pomerantz, to testify.
That subpoena is still outstanding for the time being, and Bragg’s lawyers are suing Jordan to stop him from gaining any more information.
They claim that “Congress has no power to supervise state criminal prosecution,” and that Jordan is basically out of his jurisdiction on this matter.
Bragg said he filed “in response to an unprecedentedly brazen and unconstitutional attack by members of Congress.” And he also wants any future subpoenas to be shot down before they can be submitted.
In response, Rep. Jordan posted the following tweet:
The House Judiciary GOP followed this with the message: “Why’s Alvin Bragg scared of congressional oversight? Really makes you wonder.”
Bragg’s lawsuit remains but at least for now, the court isn’t allowing the restraining order. And Rep. Jordan and his Committee won’t slow down; in fact, Jordan has said he might even subpoena Bragg himself.
As for the accusation that Congress doesn’t have the authority to do this, Jordan claims it does — because federal funds are being used and the allegations occurred during a federal election.
Trump pled not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, involving hush money for former pornstar Stormy Daniels.
We’ve got a long way to go with the case, but so long as the courts allow the House Judiciary Committee to make inquiries and subpoenas, Bragg’s team will continue to run into roadblocks.
- A judge denied DA Alvin Bragg’s request for a restraining order against Rep. Jim Jordan and the House Judiciary Committee.
- Bragg claims Jordan is interfering in the case and Congress “doesn’t have the power to supervise state criminal prosecution.”
- Bragg’s team has leveled an ongoing lawsuit against the Committee, to stop more inquiries and subpoenas. But they still have to cooperate with Jordan for the time being.
Source: Washington Examiner