Alvin Bragg to resist GOP’s ‘interference’ in Trump probe

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (Photo via David Dee Delgado at Getty Images)

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office told House Republicans on Thursday that they will resist any “federal interference” with the investigation into former President Donald Trump.

Addressed to Trump-loyalist Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Bryan Steil, R-Wisc., and James Comer, R-Tenn., the five-page letter responds to the GOP-led committees’ requests for information about the investigation spearheaded by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D).

“As articulated below, the District Attorney is obliged by the federal and state constitutions to protect the independence of state law enforcement functions from federal interference,” Bragg’s general counsel Leslie Dubeck wrote, blasting the GOP’s “unprecedent[ed] inquiry into a pending local prosecution.”

“The Letter only came after Donald Trump created a false expectation that he would be arrested the next day and his lawyers reportedly urged you to intervene,” Dubeck added, citing reporting by the New York Times.

If charged by a grand jury, Bragg would be pursuing an unprecedented prosecution of a former US president. The focus of his investigation of him has never been officially confirmed — and the letter does not reveal any details of the probe — but is widely presumed to be about hush money paid to Stormy Daniels.

Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, now a key witness for the DA, pleaded guilty to federal campaign finance violations for arranging for the payment.

The Department of Justice agreed that Cohen executed the transfer — in a complicated transaction involving a home equity line of credit, a shell company and Daniels’ then-attorney Keith Davidson — in “coordination with and at the direction of” Trump. In return, Cohen received reimbursement payments from the Trump Organization in monthly installments of $35,000, in checks signed by Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr., according to the Justice Department. Federal prosecutors never charged Trump with any crime in relation to that payment, however.

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