House Republicans Leap to Trump’s Defense

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy speaks during a news conference in May 2022. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Former President Donald Trump may be arrested soon. The fact that an arrest hasn’t happened yet—and that other details remain unclear—isn’t stopping House Republicans from demanding answers from New York prosecutors.

Three House GOP committee chairmen sent a letter to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on Monday asking for documents related to the legal probe. They also hinted that Congress could take action, such as withholding public safety funds from local law enforcement agencies. The lawmakers set a Thursday deadline for Bragg to schedule a transcribed interview with congressional staff about the case, which Republicans argue is political.

“You are reportedly about to engage in an unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority: the indictment of a former President of the United States and current declared candidate for that office,” the Republican lawmakers—Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, House Administration Committee Chairman Bryan Steil, and House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer—wrote.

They added that Bragg’s actions “will erode confidence in the evenhanded application of justice and unalterably interfere in the course of the 2024 presidential election.”

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