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DA takes legal action against GOP leader for meddling in Trump hush-money case

DA takes legal action against GOP leader for meddling in Trump hush-money case

Jim Jordan, the Republican who chairs the House judiciary committee, is being sued by Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg for allegedly attempting to obstruct the prosecution of former President Donald Trump. The lawsuit aims to stop Jordan from making public claims about the case and from pressuring the prosecutor's office for records and witness testimony.

One of Trump's closest congressional allies, Jordan has been outspoken in his criticism of the inquiry into the former president's business transactions. Jordan has been serving subpoenas on prosecutors and other parties involved in the investigation after Trump was charged with fabricating company records, requesting that they disclose material to the House judiciary committee.

Mark Pomerantz, a former prosecutor in Bragg's office who has claimed that Trump should be charged with a felony, is one of the people Jordan's subpoenas have been issued to. Pomerantz has authored a book on the matter, and Jordan has ordered that he speak before the judicial committee.

Jordan is charged with making a "brazen and unconstitutional attack" on the prosecutor's office and seeking to intimidate and harass those connected to the case in Bragg's federal court action. The complaint aims to prevent Jordan's attempts to tamper with the investigation, including the subpoena issued to Pomerantz.

The legal struggle between Bragg and Jordan reflects the persistent political division surrounding the inquiry into Trump's financial dealings. In his repeated denials of any wrongdoing, the former president has charged Bragg and other prosecutors with conducting a political witch hunt.

Republicans in the House have been looking into the Biden administration's handling of the COVID-19 epidemic and the most recent drawdown of American forces from Afghanistan while holding a majority in the judiciary committee.

The disagreement between Bragg and Jordan also calls into question the impartiality of prosecutors as well as the power of elected officials to obstruct criminal investigations. According to some legal experts, Jordan's efforts to subpoena prosecutors and other officials could be interpreted as an attempt to obstruct justice and meddle with the prosecutor's office's operations.

Ultimately, Bragg's complaint against Jordan highlights the still-present political differences in the country as well as the tense connection between Congress and the criminal justice system. The outcome of the legal dispute and its potential effects on the inquiry into Trump's financial dealings are yet uncertain.
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