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Trump Prosecutor Alvin Bragg Agrees To Testify Before House

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who led prosecution of former President Donald Trump, has agreed to testify before Congress regrading the high-profile case.

Bragg said he will only testify after Trump is sentenced for the 34 felony charges he was convicted of last month, later than House Republicans were hoping.

Republicans have sought to discredit Trump’s conviction, and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) wanted to have Bragg testify in order to examine what he referred to as politically motivated prosecutions of officials by state or local prosecutors. Additionally, Jordan leads the House Judiciary Committee and a subcommittee investigating the “weaponization of government.”

Bragg opted to speak with House Republicans to understand the purpose and extent of the hearing prior to agreeing. He also aimed to change the proposed date provided, which was June 13.

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In a letter to Jordan, Leslie B. Dubeck, the general counsel for the district attorney, explained the scheduling conflict, specifically as it relates to the gag orders in place on trial participants, including the former president. She also expressed that Bragg would cooperate voluntarily.

“The trial court and reviewing appellate courts have issued numerous orders for the purpose of protecting the fair administration of justice in People v. Trump, and to participate in a public hearing at this time would be potentially detrimental to those efforts,” Dubeck wrote.

Trump is scheduled to be sentenced on July 11, just days before the Republican National Convention where is expected to be named the GOP candidate. He has previously urged Judge Juan Merchan, who oversaw the case, to drop the gag order against him, which was refused.

House Republicans are also expected to investigate Matthew Colangelo, who assisted in the case against Trump. They have suggested that Conlangelo is a part of anti-Trump forces that are targeting Trump.

Hannah Molayal

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