The House Judiciary Committee is ratcheting up its investigation into Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office over last week’s historic indictment of former President Donald Trump.
On Friday, House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) sent a letter to Manhattan DA Senior Counsel Matthew Colangelo requesting a transcribed interview, The Federalist reported.
“Given your history of working for law-enforcement entities that are pursuing President Trump and the public reporting surrounding your decision to work for the New York County District Attorney’s Office, we request your cooperation with our oversight in your personal capacity,” Jordan wrote.
The committee is demanding Colangelo “hand over documents related to his hiring and sit down for a formal interview,” the report added. Colangelo was given until April 21 to provide lawmakers with a schedule of his availability. The House Judiciary Committee has effectively conceded that the investigation may run into roadblocks.
“The Committee may therefore consider legislation to enhance reporting requirements concerning the use of federal forfeiture funds and/or to prohibit the use of federal forfeiture funds to investigate a current or former President or presidential candidate,” Jordan wrote in the letter to Colangelo.
In December, former Acting Associate Attorney General Colangelo was hired by DA Bragg’s office to “jump start” investigations into the former president, who had announced his intention to run in 2024 against sitting President Joe Biden.
“He will help guide the most sensitive and high-profile white-collar investigations,” said Bragg in a statement, adding Colangelo will “promote confidence in the legal system by making clear that the same rules apply to everyone – no matter how powerful.”
The House Judiciary Committee is now probing the Manhattan D.A.’s office, the White House, and the Department of Justice for evidence of coordination and election interference.
Jordan revealed on Fox News last week that Bragg admitted his office used federal funds for the Trump investigation.
On Thursday, lawmakers issued a subpoena for Mark Pomerantz, a former prosecutor under D.A. Bragg who resigned last year after making little progress in criminal investigations of Donald Trump.
As the House Republicans mobilized to probe the Manhattan D.A.’s office, members of Bragg’s staff deleted online profiles. The “Meet Our Team” page was also scrubbed from Bragg’s website.
Trump pled not guilty at his arraignment in court on Tuesday in the face of a 34-count felony indictment that carries a maximum 136-year prison sentence. The weak nature of the case has led a dozen liberal law professors and Trump antagonists to call the prosecution “a dead end,” The Federalist noted.