Fox News star Kayleigh McEnany turned the tables on Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg after he sent a letter to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and the GOP-controlled House.
Bragg is accusing Republicans of making an “unprecedented inquiry into a pending local prosecution” with his Trump case.
McEnany said: “Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg calls congressional oversight ‘an unprecedented inquiry into a pending local prosecution.’
“But experts say his case against President Trump is off base and unprecedented.
“Alvin Bragg, hate to tell you, but your letter is totally off base…never in history has New York State brought a case about a federal election.
“Alvin Bragg, whew, it must feel a little hot in his office because his case is unraveling.”
Jim Jordan fired back after seeing the letter:
“Alvin Bragg should focus on prosecuting actual criminals in New York City rather than harassing a political opponent in another state. Make Manhattan Safe Again!”
The letter said:
The Manhattan District Attorney fired back at Jim Jordan after the GOP demanded Alvin Bragg’s testimony. The Manhattan DA’s general counsel, Leslie Dubeck, told Jordan and the GOP their request was an “unprecedented inquiry into a pending local prosecution.”
She wrote: “The District Attorney of New York County is investigating allegations that Donald Trump engaged in violations of New York State penal law.
“Your letter dated March 20, 2023 (the “Letter”), in contrast, is an unprecedented inquiry into a pending local prosecution.
“The Letter only came after Donald Trump created a false expectation that he would be arrested the next day and his lawyers reportedly urged you to intervene. Neither fact is a legitimate basis for congressional inquiry.
“In New York, the District Attorney is a constitutional officer charged with “the responsibility to conduct all prosecutions for crimes and offenses cognizable by the courts of the county in which he serves.
“These are quintessential police powers belonging to the State, and your letter treads into territory very clearly reserved to the states.
“It suggests that Congress’s investigation is being “conducted solely for the personal aggrandizement of the investigators or to ‘punish’ those investigated,” and is, therefore, “indefensible.”
“The Letter seeks non-public information about a pending criminal investigation, which is confidential under state law.
“The Letter’s requests are an unlawful incursion into ew York’s sovereignty. Congress’s investigative jurisdiction is derived from and limited by its power to legislate concerning federal matters.
“The Constitution limits Congress’s powers to those specifically enumerated; and the Tenth Amendment ensures that any unenumerated powers are reserved to the States.
“It is therefore generally understood that a Congressional committee may not “inquire into matters which are . . . reserved to the States.”
“We trust that you appreciate the importance of our federal system, state law enforcement activities, and the critical need to maintain the integrity and independence of state criminal law enforcement from federal interference.
“To assist Congress in understanding the ways in which the DA’s Office has used federal funds, we are preparing and will submit a letter describing its use of federal funds.
“While the DA’s Office will not allow a Congressional investigation to impede the exercise of New York’s sovereign police power, this Office will always treat a fellow government entity with due respect.
“Therefore, again, we reguest a meet and confer to understand whether the Committee has any legitimate legislative purpose in the requested materials that could be accommodated without impeding those sovereign interests.
We simply expect that our office also be treated “in a manner consistent with [New York’s] status as a residuary sovereign and joint participant0 in the governance of the Nation,” she wrote.
#BREAKING: @Jim_Jordan just sent letters to former prosecutors Carey Dunne and Mark Pomerantz demanding documents and testimony relating to Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority amid the reported impending indictment of President Trump. pic.twitter.com/8rZ5SE75p6
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) March 23, 2023
Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg calls congressional oversight “an unprecedented inquiry into a pending local prosecution.”
But experts say his case against President @realDonaldTrump is off base and unprecedented via @OutnumberedFNC ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/jkO8tMh24J
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) March 23, 2023