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N.Y. prosecutor’s office pushes back on GOP demands on Trump probe

Members of the New York Young Republican and the Long Island Loud Majority clubs hold a rally in support of former president Donald Trump outside the Manhattan district attorney's office in New York City on Monday. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Manhattan district attorney’s office pushed back Monday against House Republicans’ demands on the investigation and possible indictment of former president Donald Trump, saying it will not let “baseless accusations” deter prosecutors from applying the law.

“We will not be intimidated by attempts to undermine the justice process,” a spokesperson for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in response to the letter sent by Republican chairmen of the House Judiciary, Oversight, and Administration committees. “Many false claims have been lobbed out, so let’s set the record straight.”

“New York remains one of the safest big cities in the U.S.,” the statement said.

As all eyes turned to the grand jury that could vote to bring charges against Trump stemming from hush-money payments, House Republicans rallied in support of the former president by sending a letter to Bragg earlier on Monday, asking for testimony and documents from his investigation, which they described a “politically motivated prosecutorial decision.”

“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,” said the letter signed by Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), James Comer (R-Ky.) and Bryan Steil (R-Wis.), chairs of the Judiciary, Oversight and Administration committees, respectively.

The letter is the first investigative action that the GOP has taken in an attempt to look closely at those running the investigation into Trump’s role in hush-money payments made to Stormy Daniels, an adult-film actress.

The case involves a $130,000 payment made during the frenetic 2016 presidential campaign, a former Trump lawyer and fixer who served time in prison, and a prosecutor who could seek criminal charges against a former president now running for office once again.

Bragg’s response to the House GOP’s letter did not confirm if his office would comply with any of their demands.

Other Republicans have also raised questions about the investigation by slamming Bragg.

During a news conference on Sunday, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Bragg’s investigation was politically motivated and that the district attorney was not doing enough to control crime in New York City.

“So this guy is trying to create something when he has all the crime happening in New York, and he prides himself on not prosecuting everything else,” McCarthy said from the Republican retreat in Orlando.

McCarthy also said that people should not protest in support of Trump if he is indicted and arrested.

On Saturday, Trump claimed his arrest was imminent in the criminal investigation, and he called for protests by his supporters.

“WILL BE ARRESTED ON TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK. PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK!” he said via Truth Social, writing from his home in Florida.

While the grand jury was still hearing testimony about the case Monday and hasn’t returned an indictment yet, authorities in New York were preparing for possible protests.