Court Permits House Judiciary Committee to Question Former Manhattan Prosecutor
A federal judge permits House Judiciary Committee Republicans to question former Manhattan prosecutor Mark Pomerantz about former President Donald Trump’s case.
The ruling that permits the House Judiciary Committee came after Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg filed a federal lawsuit against Chairman Jim Jordan, alleging that Jordan was trying to intimidate him over the prosecution of Trump, Fox News reported.
Bragg also sought a stay of the decision, but the judge rejected the request. The U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil ruled that the subpoena issued by Jordan to Pomerantz was issued with a valid legislative purpose.
However, the judge did not endorse either side’s agenda, and the sole question before the court was whether Bragg had a legal basis to quash the congressional subpoena, which he did not. The judge encouraged the parties to reach a mutually suitable midpoint regarding how the deposition of Pomerantz will proceed.
House Judiciary Committee to Depose Pomerantz Following Ruling
In response to the ruling, House Judiciary Committee spokesman Russell Dye said that the decision indicates that Congress has the power to execute oversight and issue subpoenas to people like Pomerantz, and they look forward to his deposition before the Judiciary Committee.
Earlier this month, Trump was charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree in criminal court in Lower Manhattan. Trump’s charges are related to alleged hush-money payments made before the presidential election in 2016.
Bragg stopped pursuing charges against Trump when he took over as district attorney in January 2022 and suspended the investigation indefinitely.
Pomerantz and Dunne, who had been leading the inquiry under Bragg’s predecessor, submitted their resignations in February 2022 after Bragg began raising doubts about pursuing a case against Trump.
The ruling that permits the House Judiciary Committee comes after Chairman Jordan held a field hearing in New York City to emphasize the rising criminality under Bragg’s term.