WASHINGTON: House Republicans on Thursday summoned one of the former Manhattan prosecutors who led the criminal investigation into Donald Trump before quitting last year. in a clash over the direction of the investigation.
Representative Jim Jordan, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, ordered Mark Pomerantz to testify before the committee by April 30. The subpoena, reviewed by the Associated Press, is the latest escalation. Republicans when they probed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, days after Trump was charged in a 34-count felony indictment in connection with a hush money scheme involving a porn actor. prostitution.
Pomerantz refused to voluntarily cooperate with the commission’s request last month at the behest of Bragg’s office, citing an ongoing investigation. The Manhattan DA’s office has accused Jordan’s committee of exceeding its legal authority and infringing on the sovereignty of New York state.
Jordan has now written in a letter to Pomerantz, “Based on your unique role as assistant district special counsel leading the investigation into President Trump’s finances, you are uniquely positioned. specifically to provide relevant and necessary information to inform potential Commission and legislative oversight. to revolutionize,.”
A request for comment from Pomerantz was not immediately returned.
Republicans rallied around Trump before his indictment on Tuesday, calling Bragg’s investigation a “political crackdown.” , which catalyzed Bragg’s decision to continue the hush money case.
Both men began investigations under former District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr, and Bragg asked them to stay when he took office in January. Both Vance and Bragg are Democrats.
Trump’s indictment focuses on allegations that he falsified internal business records at his private company while attempting to cover up an attempt to illegally influence the 2016 election. by arranging payments to silence potentially harmful claims against his candidate. It includes 34 counts of falsifying records involving checks that Trump sent to his personal attorney and problem solver to reimburse him for his role in paying an actor. porn, who said she had had extramarital sex with Trump years earlier.
Pomerantz released a book earlier this year titled People vs. Donald Trump: An Inside Account. In the book, he said that Vance authorized him in December 2021 to seek an indictment of Trump. He described the gag payments – made or arranged by Cohen – as perhaps the most challenging and legally fraught with potential lawsuits against the former president.
Jordan wrote on Thursday that Pomerantz should be allowed to cooperate because he “discussed many topics related to our surveillance” in the book he published and promoted. He went on to say that Pomerantz’s own book detailed the incident as “Trump appears to be politically motivated.”
Specifically, you describe your eagerness to investigate President Trump, writing that you are ‘delighted’ to join a group of unpaid lawyers advising on investigations into Trump and joking that salary negotiations went ‘fantastic’ as you should have paid to participate. investigation,” Jordan’s letter continued.