Republicans have fired back at Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg by moving to defund the George Soros-installed prosecutor’s office following the politically motivated indictment of President Donald Trump
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) has introduced two bills to defund the DA’s office in response to Bragg’s get-Trump case.
Trump was indicted in early April on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records.
But critics have called the case “weak,” suggesting political motives behind the move.
“As the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Federal Government Surveillance, I will not allow District Attorney Alvin Bragg to misuse federal resources sent by Congress to fund the weaponized prosecution of a former U.S. president, while blatantly ignoring soaring crime in New York City,” Biggs said in a statement.
“Bragg has repeatedly made clear his top priority as District Attorney is to leverage the legal system to target conservatives,” Biggs said.
“I will use every tool I have to protect conservatives and to restore impartiality in our judicial institutions.”
Biggs introduced two bills intended to address these concerns.
The first bill, the Accountability for Lawless Violence In Our Neighborhoods Act, or the ALVIN Act, would prohibit federal funds from being awarded to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
It also requires Bragg’s office to repay federal funds granted after Jan. 1, 2022.
The second bill, the No Federal Funds for Political Prosecutions Act, would prohibit state or local law enforcement agencies from using funds or property seized through asset forfeiture to investigate or prosecute the president, vice president, or a candidate for the office of president in a criminal case.
Biggs added that it was concerning to see the Manhattan DA’s office wasting federal resources for political purposes instead of addressing serious crimes in the city.
“[W]ith an almost insurmountable national debt that exceeds $31 trillion, the nation simply cannot afford to support Mr. Bragg’s politicization of the criminal justice system,” Biggs said.
Following the 2020 Black Lives Matter riots, fringe positions like defunding the police and minimizing penalties for violent crime became more mainstream among many left-wing prosecutors and DAs.
As DA, Bragg has reduced more than half of the felony charges that came through his office to misdemeanors.
Republicans say this approach to law enforcement is in part responsible for the massive increase in violent crime.
Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has indicated his own opposition to the prosecution of Trump.
The bill is expected to stand for a vote in the lower chamber.
Prospects for the bills are less optimistic in the Democrat-led Senate, however.
Democrats are likely to oppose the legislation, as they have accused Republicans of attempting to meddle in a legal matter.