As a Manhattan grand jury delves into potential indictments against former President Donald Trump, Republicans are exploring who to blame if their permanent leader is to be indicted.
Presumably, Republicans will not blame Trump. Although he silently admitted that the payment was allowed. to porn star Stormy Daniels after he had an affair with her in 2006, and it seems Republicans can’t blame Michael Cohen Trump at the time. Lawyers who helped organize the 2016 silence program, and most likely won’t be President Joe Biden either, because he’s the furthest away from it.
But Republicans seem to blame everything on Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who oversaw the Trump case. He is their demon.
With back and forth whether Bragg will do it or not. should Testified before Congress about the case. Republican lawmakers couldn’t have been more sincere. They are weighing their options—and subpoenas floating—an unprecedented consideration for Congress to interfere with a local investigation.
But, of course, they said there was no reason.
“This is clearly a wrongful persecution against an independent American citizen who was a former president of the United States,” Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA), who endorsed Trump’s 2024 bid, told The Daily Beast. on wednesday
“Due to those situations I think it is appropriate for Congress to ask what drove that decision-making process for Bragg,” Higgins said.
Council President Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has already called for a committee to look into the Bragg investigation. House Speaker James Comer (R-KY), President of the Judiciary Jim Jordan (R-OH), and Chief Executive Brian Steil (R-WI) have requested affidavit and documents from Bragg, telling him in the letter that he was going to engaged in an unprecedented abuse of prosecutor’s power.”
Bragg signaled that he would not comply with the GOP’s efforts to drag him before Congress. Over the weekend, the trio proposed that Bragg could be subpoenaed if he continued to comply.
“When he said he would not cooperate with Congress, Unfortunately for Mr. Bragg, he didn’t have the luxury of determining whether he could comply with Congress’ request. because he crossed two levels of government from the local level to the federal level to try to prosecute something obvious If there is a reason to sue The Department of Justice should act,” Comer said on CNN Sunday.
throughout the halls of Congress and especially in Republican House sessions. The number of people associated with Bragg continues to grow. But lawmakers are still pondering how and when to strike.
For example, Higgins said that if Republicans take action against Bragg, timing will be everything. He said the lawmakers “It is necessary to let the President’s legal team work unencumbered by this congressional inquiry.”
Congressmen suggested that a Bragg subpoena might be possible. “It will be an interesting discussion among my colleagues,” but “the timing of something similar should include determining whether the case is moving toward permanent closure.” and allow it to happen.”
Then there was the end of all Republican rhetoric. Such as from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who is say “It’s time to arrest Manhattan’s DA Alvin Bragg for misconduct in the prosecutor’s office. After hiding hundreds of pages of eviction evidence,” Green did not provide evidence for those claims. But she further asserted that Bragg was “Breaking the law and trying to incite unrest”
While Greene is on the far right side of the issue as usual. The GOP’s standard approach appears to be calling for Bragg to testify before Congress. noting that if he does not cooperate He should get a subpoena.
at the beginning of the year The Republican House of Representatives has announced they will use their newfound majority to launch a broader investigation. Including one of the stories The focus on Bragg matches their rhetoric. and would theoretically provide investigations where they were sorely lacking.
Democrats say Bragg is being used as a scapegoat for the GOP and Republicans are seeking someone to blame for Trump’s wrongdoing.
“I think it is a serious abuse of the congressional committees under the official authority of the House of Representatives to interfere with an ongoing criminal investigation in local jurisdiction,” Rep. Dan Goldman (D) said. -NY), who acted as a leader, said Adviser on Trump’s First Impeachment Trial
“Congress clearly has no jurisdiction over this case. And it is inappropriate for Congress to try to influence an ongoing investigation,” Goldman added.
Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), who serves on the House Judiciary Committee, said she expects Republicans to continue to defend Trump. “No matter what his problems are.”
“It really sucks,” she said of members targeting Bragg.
In the Senate, some ardent Trump supporters think the Republican Representative North Bragg has a place. Republicans were in the minority and were powerless to follow Bragg on the committee. But they are cheering for their colleagues in the house. Even while still wondering what could be done there as well.
“I think it’s always helpful to provide some kind of care. So I know — I understand the council is looking into this. seems like a good thing I really don’t know what control they have. They may be able to show you some good information. That could be useful,” said Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH), who endorsed Trump’s 2024 bid.
When asked if he would uphold a subpoena to Bragg, Vance replied: “Of course, he’s made a very questionable prosecutorial decision. So I think he testifying before Congress would be a good thing.”
Others, such as Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), who also backed Trump’s 2024 bid, said he would leave Bragg’s antics in the House.
“I’m not going to follow up on that myself. But if they can make some connection between what the federal government is doing and what he is doing. I thought that would be fine,” Graham said.
While Graham seemed content to let House Republicans address the matter, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) openly supported McCarthy’s claim. for probe In the Bragg investigation
Bragg’s office in previous orderIt said it was “not appropriate for Congress to intervene in pending local investigations” and hearings by federal lawmakers. “Only to hinder, hinder and undermine the legitimate work of our dedicated prosecutor.”
Earlier this month, Trump posted on his beloved Truth Social that he expected to be arrested on March 21, but the week passed with his prediction unfulfilled. A new cycle begins Before it was reported that Juries assigned to Trump’s trial will soon be on hiatus for a month. That could delay the former president’s indictment until at least the end of April.
The jury suspension is reversible. This means Bragg can still force the jury to go back and resolve potential indictments sooner. But there is no inevitable deadline for Trump’s indictment. Bragg has time for most intents and purposes.
But Trump took the offensive. attack bragg online and insisted the whole lawsuit was a hoax in a Truth Social post last week. Trump said “All of this was created by a workaholic convicted without credibility. which are disputed by highly respected experts every time. Bragg doesn’t stop despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.”
“He’s a Soros-backed beast who doesn’t care if it’s right or wrong, no matter how many people get hurt,” the former president added.
Trump, in another post, is also shown holding a baseball bat by his side. Bragg’s head The post was later deleted.
as the timeline for possible indictments is becoming increasingly unclear. Republicans therefore had a long time left to weigh their options. Other Republicans seem hopeful that no more intervention will be needed.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), a staunch conservative and member of the Judiciary Committee, told The Daily Beast on Wednesday evening that he was deciding what to do next in Bragg all the way to Jordan.
“But, you know, (Bragg) looks like he’s kind of like, maybe, I don’t know, a little bit of a step back,” Roy said.
“But we’ll have to see,” the congressman added as he stepped into a car outside Capitol. “We’ll see what he does.”
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