On Tuesday, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg filed a federal lawsuit against Rep. Jim Jordan, claiming that the lawmaker was attempting to have a campaign of intimidation following his prosecution of former President Donald Trump.
In the lawsuit, Bragg claims that he was taking legal action to deal with the “unconstitutional attack by members of Congress on an ongoing New York State criminal prosecution and investigation of former President Donald J. Trump.” He is also requesting that a judge invalidate the subpoena by Jordan, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, which is going to be looking into Bragg’s handling of the hush money payment case that led to Trump’s indictment.
Bragg further claimed that the subpoena was trying to “undermine an ongoing New York felony criminal prosecution and investigation,” and that this is an “illegitimate interference by Congress.”
The case has been assigned to U.S. District Mary Kay Vyskocil, a Trump appointee.
The Judiciary Committee recently also issued a subpoena trying to get the testimony from a former prosecutor, Mark Pomerantz, who previously worked in the Trump investigation before resigning following a disagreement with Bragg. The committee has also been trying to gather documents and testimony from Bragg and his office in regard to the case, but Bragg has repeatedly rejected their requests.
Trump was indicted on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records related to hush-money payments made prior to the 2016 presidential election in an attempt to stop the spread of information about his alleged affairs. Trump has repeatedly claimed that he had not done anything wrong and pleaded not guilty to all 34 counts.