Sen. Rand Paul took Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg to task after former President Donald Trump was indicted, saying Bragg could be forced out of office and into court himself for what’s been going on with his persecution of Trump.
“Wonder if DA Bragg remembers Durham DA Mike Nifong who withheld exculpatory DNA tests on the Duke lacrosse players. He was subsequently forced out of office, disbarred, and convicted of contempt of court,” he said.
That is a reference to DA Mike Nifong, the DA in the 2006 Duke University lacrosse rape case. It was found that DA Nifong was withholding exculpatory evidence about the three players accused, so they were exonerated and DA Nifong spent a day in jail for his role in the scandal.
In a separate, pre-indictment statement, Paul said, “A Trump indictment would be a disgusting abuse of power. The DA should be put in jail,” Paul said in a separate statement just before news late last week about the indictment.
In another series of posts, these after the indictment, Paul said: “I’m saddened for our Constitutional Republic and the rule of law. An overzealous, super liberal local prosecutor has filed drummed up charges against a former President, in a clear case of political prosecution. All Americans should stand up to this injustice, regardless of their political views or opinions of the former President.”
And it’s not just in the Senate. In the House, Speaker Kevin McCarthy declared that Congress will take action, tweeting, “Alvin Bragg is attempting to interfere in our democratic process by invoking federal law to bring politicized charges against President Trump, admittedly using federal funds, while at the same time arguing that the peoples’ representatives in Congress lack jurisdiction to investigate this farce. Not so. Bragg’s weaponization of the federal justice process will be held accountable by Congress.”
Similarly to Sen. Paul, GOP firebrand Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene called for Bragg to be arrested in late March, saying:
“Now it’s time to arrest Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg for prosecutorial misconduct after hiding hundreds of pages of exculpatory evidence! Bragg is on the verge of indicting an innocent former President and top Presidential candidate against the opposing ruling party. Bragg is breaking the law and trying to incite civil unrest with his Soros-funded political war. Hold him accountable!”
Now it’s time to arrest Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg for prosecutorial misconduct after hiding hundreds of pages of exculpatory evidence!
Bragg is on the verge of indicting an innocent former President and top Presidential candidate against the opposing ruling party.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) March 22, 2023
Further, Rep. Jim Jordan has subpoenaed a former prosecutor who resigned from Bragg’s office, as we reported on The American Tribune, saying:
House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan issued a subpoena to a former New York County Special Assistant District Attorney who worked in the same Manhattan office currently led by Alvin Bragg and who resigned when the office declined to pursue a criminal indictment against Donald Trump.
The subpoena of Mike Pomerantz comes as a scathing rebuke against the unprecedented, politically-motivated indictment and arraignment of the former president for alleged felony campaign finance violations.
Last month, Pomerantz was invited on a voluntary basis to share what he knew about the criminal investigation, citing his work history and specific role in the DA’s office. He subsequently declined to participate.
“[W]e requested that you voluntarily cooperate with our oversight by providing relevant documents and testimony pertaining to your role as a special assistant district attorney leading the investigation into the former President’s finances,” Jim Jordan’s cover letter to Pomerantz stated, before detailing that he “would not cooperate with our oversight.”
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