On Tuesday, the Manhattan district attorney sued Representative Jim Jordan to prevent congressional Republicans from interfering in the criminal case against former President Donald J. Trump. The 50-page suit accuses Mr. Jordan of attacking the prosecution and intimidating District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg.
Bragg's Lawyers Seek to Block Jordan's Subpoena Power
Bragg's legal team is seeking to bar Jordan and his congressional allies from enforcing a subpoena sent to former Trump investigation leader Mark F. Pomerantz. The lawsuit aims to prevent further subpoenas, as Jordan has not ruled out subpoenaing Bragg himself.
Judge Denies Temporary Restraining Order
On Tuesday, Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil declined to issue a temporary restraining order proposed by Bragg's lawyers, ordering Jordan's lawyers to respond by April 17 and scheduling a hearing for April 19. Jordan's committee had set Pomerantz's deposition for the same day.
Jim Jordan's Subpoena Request and Response from DA's Office
Last month, Jordan, as House Judiciary Committee chairman, requested communications, documents, and testimony about Bragg's investigation of Trump. In response, the DA's office stated it had spent about $5,000 of federal money on Trump-related investigations from October 2019 to August 2021.
Pomerantz's View on Trump's Actions and Resignation
In his book published earlier this year, Pomerantz described Trump's actions as criminal and expressed frustration with Bragg for not charging Trump, leading to his resignation alongside fellow investigator Carey Dunne. Bragg later focused on the hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels, leading to Trump's indictment.
Republican-Led Congress Defends Trump and Investigates DA
Following Trump's false announcement of his imminent arrest, Republican-led Congress members vowed to investigate the district attorney. Jordan's committee has planned a "field hearing" in New York City on April 17, suggesting Bragg prioritizes prosecuting Trump over addressing Manhattan's crime rate.