Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, made a request on Wednesday for two former Manhattan prosecutors who quit the district attorney’s office in protest last year to testify before Congress and provide records pertaining to the office’s lengthy investigation into the former president Donald Trump.
Jordan accused Carey Dunne and Mark Pomerantz of pressuring Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg into “reviving” the Trump investigation after they resigned because Bragg had doubts about pursuing the case when he initially took office last year in letters acquired by Breitbart News.
Jordan wrote: “It now looks that your attempts to shame Bragg have succeeded as he is apparently reviving this “zombie” case against President Donald Trump using a flimsy and unproven legal argument.”
Read the letters below in their entirety:
The letters are being released amid rumors that Trump, who is seeking re-election as president in 2024, may be charged soon in relation to a long-running hush-money scam involving porn star Stormy Daniels and Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
When Trump declared on his social media platform Truth Social that he anticipated being detained this week on charges associated with the case, the prospect of the historic indictment started to take center stage on Saturday.
He and others contacted Bragg shortly after to request the district attorney’s testimony, claiming that Bragg’s decision to relax some criminal penalties when he took office “requires congressional scrutiny” because he might not be upholding the required standard of law and order while using federal funds.
Jordan also argued to Bragg and Dunne and Pomerantz that the “apparent decision to seek criminal charges where federal authorities failed to do so deserves monitoring to inform prospective legislative improvements about the division of prosecutorial jurisdiction between federal and local officials.”
He also gave the district attorney until Thursday to react to him after telling Breitbart News at the time of publishing that he had not heard from Bragg.
Jordan gave Dunne and Pomerantz until Monday to deliver the required papers and arrange their congressional testimony, which he suggested be done through transcribed interviews.
According to the New York Times, Dunne and Pomerantz abruptly left their positions last year not long after Bragg assumed office. Initially, “people with knowledge of the case” told The Times that the two lawyers resigned when Bragg expressed hesitation to them about continuing the ongoing Trump inquiry.
Pomerantz later submitted his resignation letter to the publication, in which he claimed to have thought Trump was “guilty of several felony offenses” relating to his financial accounts. In a letter to Bragg, he announced his resignation, calling Bragg’s decision to “indefinitely” halt the probe into Trump at the time “misguided.”
Jordan criticized Pomerantz for having “unfairly disparaged” Trump as a “felon to millions of Times readers” and for “casting substantial doubt on the administration of fair and impartial justice in this issue both while serving as a special prosecutor and since leaving the District Attorney’s office.”