House Judiciary Committee Gets Green Light to Depose Former New York Prosecutor in Trump Case

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It appears the public will be learning more details regarding New York’s decision to indict former President Donald Trump over the Stormy Daniels matter. Despite Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s previous efforts to stop House Republicans from speaking with his predecessor, former prosecutor Mark Pomerantz, it appears he is reading the room on this issue and has struck an agreement with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).

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ABC News reported that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has agreed to dismiss his appeal of a ruling that allowed a subpoena for testimony about the criminal prosecution of former President Donald Trump by the Republican-led committee chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan. The agreement allows House Republicans to depose former prosecutor Mark Pomerantz next month with a counsel from the district attorney’s office present.

“Our successful stay of this subpoena blocked the immediate deposition and afforded us the time necessary to coordinate with the House Judiciary Committee on an agreement that protects the District Attorney’s privileges and interests. We are pleased with this resolution, which ensures any questioning of our former employee will take place in the presence of our General Counsel on a reasonable, agreed upon timeframe,” a spokesperson for the Manhattan district attorney told ABC News.

Shortly before Pomerantz was scheduled to be deposed by the House Judiciary Committee as part of an investigation into the criminal prosecution of former President Donald Trump by the Republican-led committee chaired by Rep. Jordan, a federal appeals court issued an administrative stay on Thursday, temporarily blocking the deposition. Pomerantz, who resigned from Bragg’s office in 2022 due to disagreement over pursuing a case against Trump, had previously expressed the belief that legal standards should apply equally to everyone, regardless of their status.

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A spokesperson for Rep. Jordan affirmed that the deposition would be moving forward. “This evening, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office withdrew its appeal in Bragg v. Jordan. Mr. Pomerantz’s deposition will go forward on May 12, and we look forward to his appearance,” said Russell Dye, a spokesperson for Jordan.

The news comes after a judge denied a complaint that Bragg brought against the House Judiciary Committee, which Jordan heads, attempting to prevent it from enforcing a subpoena against Pomerantz.

The deposition is scheduled for May 12, and the district attorney’s office indicated it is satisfied with the resolution, which ensures the presence of their General Counsel during the questioning. The appeal was withdrawn after a federal judge denied Bragg’s request to block the congressional subpoena, which was seen as a win for House Republicans, who had previously sent a letter inviting the office’s counsel to participate in a “transcribed interview” on the effort to prosecute Trump.

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