Ayyyeee…What’s Goodie Everyone. I have some tea and it involves a former Manhattan, New York prosecutor, the investigation into Donald Trump and Congress.
The former Manhattan prosecutor, Mark F. Pomerantz, is now scheduled to testify under oath to representatives of the House Judiciary Committee in a closed-door deposition on May 12. Pomerantz worked for the Manhattan district attorney’s office for about a year, but resigned more than a year before Trump was indicted, and wrote a book that described his frustration with District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg’s approach to the investigation.
Representative Jim Jordan(R-OH) subpoenaed Pomerantz this month, shortly after Bragg unveiled charges against Mr. Trump, accusing him of orchestrating the cover-up of a hush-money payment made to a porn star in 2016. Bragg then sued Jordan, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, accusing him of meddling in the affairs of the district attorney’s office after its indictment of Trump. The lawsuit sought to block the questioning of Pomerantz.
A spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office said in a statement that the resolution would allow the office’s general counsel, Leslie Dubeck, to be present for the questioning of Pomerantz. A lawyer for Pomerantz is also expected to be present, and Pomerantz may decline to answer questions that he is not authorized to discuss. Congressional Republicans may contest his right to remain silent in future proceedings.
In a statement, a spokesman for Jordan said the committee looked forward to Pomerantz’s appearance. A lawyer for Pomerantz declined to comment.
After a federal judge declined to halt the interview, both Bragg and Pomerantz appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The appeals court delayed the questioning which had originally been scheduled for Thursday. During the delay, lawyers for Bragg and Jordan negotiated and reached an agreement that was announced Friday evening.
Though the agreement ends Bragg’s lawsuit, which was filed on April 11th, the dispute between the district attorney and Mr. Jordan seems far from over. More legal turmoil is likely to follow if congressional Republicans seek to question other prosecutors who participated in the investigation of Trump.
Credit: New York Times.