AG Bragg To Testify Before Congress

( – Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg will testify on July 12 before a Republican-led House Judiciary Committee. Prosecutor Matthew Colangelo, who is part of Bragg’s team and was part of the US Department of Justice, will also testify. The date of the testimony is set for the day after former President Donald Trump is set to receive his sentence after being found guilty in the New York hush-money trial.

In a statement, Bragg’s office said that they respect the United States’ institutions and will voluntarily appear before the Congress’ Weaponization subcommittee, which examines the use of lawfare tactics to manipulate the rule of law. The office added that Bragg decided to testify after conspiracy theories, baseless claims, and “dangerous misinformation” were disseminated on public opinion after the jury’s guilty verdict.

Ohio Republican Representative Jim Jordan, who is also the Judiciary Chairman and the chief of the Weaponization panel, has been pushing for the Manhattan District Attorney to appear at a hearing about his office. While Bragg initially agreed to testify on June 13, he eventually asked for a new date as the Trump case was entering its final moments.

On May 30, jurors found the former commander-in-chief guilty on each of the 34 felony counts of falsifying business records so he could cover up an affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels in order to influence the presidential election in 2016. Trump, who has denied the affairs with Daniels and pleaded not guilty to each of the charges, said he would appeal.

So far, it remains unclear whether the Republican leader will face prison time. Political analysts say such a scenario would become one of the most controversial moments in the history of US politics. Some add that such a scenario would exacerbate polarization and could even influence the 2024 presidential election.

Following the verdict, many Republican leaders have expressed concerns about the district attorney being politically motivated, based on his political affiliations, and that authorities refused to bring the hush-money case against the former president.

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