Manhattan DA’s office blasts House GOP probe, says it was spurred by Trump creating ‘false expectation’ of imminent arrest

(CNN) Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office accused House Republicans of launching an “unprecedented investigation into pending local litigation” while supporting an investigation into former President Donald Trump’s alleged payments to an adult film actress during the 2016 campaign.

In a new letter Leslie Dubeck, general counsel for the district attorney’s office, told Republican lawmakers earlier this week that GOP House committee leaders had no “legitimate basis for a congressional investigation.” “It came after Donald Trump created the false expectation that he would be arrested the next day, and his lawyers urged you to intervene.”

Dubec said Republican claims that the investigation was politically motivated were “baseless.”

“Regardless, the proper forum for such a challenge is the New York courts, which are prepared to consider and reconsider such objections,” he added.

He asked the groups to meet and consult with Prague’s office. To discuss whether there is a “legitimate legislative” purpose for the House to desire and whether those records can be changed without violating New York’s sovereign interests.

DHis previous letter requesting information Bragg’s investigation was sent on Monday by House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, House Oversight Chairman James Comer and House Administration Chairman Brian Steele, who criticized the hush money investigation into Trump as an “unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial power.”

Jordan told CNN “we are reviewing the letter” when asked for his response to the letter from the Manhattan DA’s general counsel. Jordan repeated his answer when asked if he would subpoena Bragg.

Comer told CNN that “The Justice Department [committee] When asked about the Manhattan DA’s office’s response to Congress’ initial request, he said he was leading it.

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Gomer explained that his committee has a large staff and sufficient resources to help the House Judiciary Committee “get information.”

Dubec’s five-page response to the Republicans’ demands — including Bragg’s testimony and documents and communications related to the investigation — cited case law and legal arguments that the GOP demands were “unlawful intrusions on New York’s sovereignty.” .”

He argued that the 10th Amendment to the Constitution limited the federal government’s power over local law enforcement and that Congress was not an executive branch agency specifically endowed with law enforcement powers.

Pointing to laws protecting grand jury secrecy, he said House Republicans are seeking “non-public information about a pending criminal investigation, which is confidential under state law,” and therefore, he argued, complying with the groups’ request would be intrusive. Law enforcement.

Tubeck scoffed at claims by Republicans that they needed Bragg’s testimony and documents requested as part of a congressional review of federal public safety funding.

Dubeck wrote, “The letter does not suggest a way in which the district attorney’s testimony on documents and communications from former assistant district attorneys in pending criminal investigations would shed light on that review.”

But, he added, “However, to assist Congress in understanding the ways in which the DA’s office has used federal funds, we are preparing and will submit a letter detailing its use of federal funds.”

CNN has reached out to the three House committees involved for comment.

This story has been updated with additional information.

CNN’s Manu Raju contributed.

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