Judge denies Manhattan DA's bid to stop House GOP subpoena of former prosecutor

Jordan had called Bragg's request to block the subpoena "extraordinary and unconstitutional."

Published: April 19, 2023 6:07pm

Updated: April 19, 2023 6:38pm

A New York judge on Wednesday denied a bid from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg to stop a congressional subpoena of Mark Pomerantz, a former prosecutor with the DA's office.

Pomerantz, while at the DA's office, investigated former President Donald Trump and was a vocal advocate for prosecuting him. He resigned months after Bragg took office, citing his failure to indict the former president. Pomerantz went on to publish a book outlining the case.

Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil sided with the House Judiciary Committee after Bragg sought to block the subpoena, the Epoch Times reported. House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, seeks Pomerantz's testimony as part of that committee's investigation of Bragg's indictment of Trump.

Jordan spokesperson Russell Dye said "[t]oday’s decision shows that Congress has the ability to conduct oversight and issue subpoenas to people like Mark Pomeranz, and we look forward to his deposition before the Judiciary Committee."

Jordan had called Bragg's request to block the subpoena "extraordinary and unconstitutional" for trying to prevent "a witness from complying with a duly issued subpoena."

Bragg has pursued charges against the former president stemming from a 2016 payment his then-personal attorney, Michael Cohen, made to Stormy Daniels. Trump has pleaded not guilty. Republicans have largely denounced the case as a political prosecution.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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