Republicans Push for Access to Trump Case Documents on Potential Indictment


House Republicans pressed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg to cooperate with their request for information about the potential indictment of former President Donald Trump over his role in paying hush money to a porn star.

In a Saturday letter to Mr. Bragg, House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R., Ohio), Oversight Chairman James Comer (R., Ky.), and House Administration Committee Chairman Bryan Steil (R., Wis.) outlined their reasoning for why Congress should have access to communications, documents and testimony relating to the Manhattan district attorney’s investigation.

“This matter does not simply involve local or state interests,” the three congressmen said in an eight-page letter. “Rather, the potential criminal indictment of a former President of the United States by an elected local prosecutor of the opposing political party (and who will face the prospect of re-election) implicates substantial federal interests, particularly in a jurisdiction where trial-level judges also are popularly elected.”

A spokeswoman for Mr. Bragg said Saturday that the office evaluates cases based on the facts, law and evidence. “This unprecedented inquiry by federal elected officials into an ongoing matter serves only to hinder, disrupt and undermine the legitimate work of our dedicated prosecutors,” the spokeswoman said.

House Republicans are seeking information about the Trump investigation after the former president expressed worry that he would soon be arrested, calling it prosecutorial overreach and politically motivated. A Manhattan grand jury has been hearing testimony in the matter.

Prosecutors have considered charging Mr. Trump with falsifying business records to hide the payment to porn star Stormy Daniels to keep her from going public with allegations that she had an affair with Mr. Trump. He denies the affair and says he has engaged in no wrongdoing.

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In rebuffing the House lawmakers, Mr. Bragg’s office requested a meeting to determine whether the lawmakers had a “legitimate legislative purpose” in requesting materials related to the Trump matter.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly called the investigation a “witch hunt.” Last weekend he told followers on Truth Social that he expected to be arrested. Any indictment of Mr. Trump wouldn’t be public until it is unsealed by a judge.

Mr. Jordan last week also sent letters Wednesday to former Manhattan prosecutors Carey Dunne and Mark Pomerantz, both of whom worked on the Trump investigation and resigned after Mr. Bragg declined to move forward with an earlier, broader case against Mr. Trump. Those letters requested documents and communications related to the district attorney’s Trump investigation, dating back to 2017.

Democrats accused Republicans of protecting Mr. Trump.

“The continued efforts to meddle in an ongoing criminal investigation to shield a political ally is irresponsible, egregious and dangerous,” said Rep. Joe Morelle, the top Democrat on the House Administration Committee.

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