The public will soon learn more about New York’s decision to arrest former President Donald Trump in the Stormy Daniels case. Despite Alvin Bragg’s prior efforts to prevent House Republicans from meeting with his predecessor, former prosecutor Mark Pomerantz, the Manhattan District Attorney appears to be reading the room on this subject and has reached an arrangement with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).
According to ABC News, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has decided to withdraw his appeal of a verdict that permitted the Republican-led committee controlled by Rep. Jim Jordan to subpoena evidence concerning the criminal prosecution of former President Donald Trump. The agreed-upon arrangement permits House Republicans to depose former prosecutor Mark Pomerantz next month with a district attorney’s office counsel. A concession that the committee stated it would have made even without Friday’s accord. This arrangement settles the legal struggle between Bragg and the committee in the weeks following Trump’s historic indictment.
Manhattan district attorney’s representative said that the DA’s successful stay of this subpoena prevented the immediate deposition and gave them the time they needed to negotiate an agreement with the House Judiciary Committee. As a result of this resolution, the District Attorney’s privileges and interests would be protected. The DA’s office is pleased that any questioning of the former employee will take place in the presence of our General Counsel and within a reasonable, agreed-upon timeframe.
On Thursday, a federal appeals court issued an administrative stay, temporarily blocking Pomerantz’s deposition by the House Judiciary Committee in an investigation led by Rep. Jordan into the criminal prosecution of former President Donald Trump, the Republican-led committee is investigating former President Trump’s criminal prosecution. Pomerantz, who left Bragg’s office in 2022 owing to disagreements about pursuing a lawsuit against Trump, previously stated that legal rules should apply equally to everyone, regardless of their position. In March, House Judiciary Committee sent a subpoena to Pomerantz to explore if and how government monies were utilized in the probe against Trump.
Rep. Jordan’s spokesman confirmed that the deposition would take place. Bragg’s office withdrew its appeal in Bragg v. Jordan this evening. Mr. Pomerantz’s deposition will take place on May 12, said Russell Dye, a Jordan representative.
Following Trump’s indictment, the committee claimed the authority to investigate whether ex-presidents are subject to “politically motivated state investigations and prosecutions.”
Bragg had reacted angrily to the committee’s attempts to interrogate ex-assistant district attorney Pomerantz, alleging that it constituted an unconstitutional intrusion by Congress into a local criminal inquiry.
Last Monday, the DA sued Jordan and the committee to stop the subpoena but was denied by a judge who stated, “No one is above the law.”
The deposition is set for May 12, and the district attorney’s office has expressed satisfaction with the arrangement, which secures the attendance of their General Counsel during questioning. The appeal was abandoned when a federal court dismissed Bragg’s attempt to halt the congressional subpoena, which was considered a victory for House Republicans, who had earlier sent the office’s counsel a letter inviting them to engage in a “transcribed interview” on their campaign to prosecute Trump.