After it was revealed earlier this week that former President Donald Trump had been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.) announced that he would open a probe in to the indictment and investigation of Trump.
A war of words broke out between McCarthy and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, with McCarthy alleging that Bragg’s case against Trump is marred by political bias while Bragg asserted the independence of local and state prosecutors.
McCarthy has indicated that the House would be at liberty to investigate Trump’s indictment if the Manhattan District Attorney’s office used federal funds in furtherance of the case against him.
On Friday, Bragg admitted that the office used $5,000 of federal funds during the investigation in to Trump’s alleged hush money payments to Stormy Daniels.
While Bragg did admit to using federal funds in the investigation, he has otherwise refused to cooperate with the House’s inquiries in to the investigation and indictment of Trump.
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His office has rejected claims that the investigation was politically motivated, calling them ‘baseless’.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office revealed to House Republicans on Friday in a letter obtained by Breitbart News that roughly $5,000 in federal funds has gone toward Bragg’s office’s investigation of former President Donald Trump or the Trump Organization.
The funds, Bragg’s general counsel Leslie Dubeck wrote to three powerful GOP chairmen, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH), James Comer (R-KY), and Bryan Steil (R-WI), came from the Justice Department’s Asset Forfeiture Fund and were used to investigate Trump and his organization between October 2019 and August 2021, before Bragg took office.
Dubeck also noted that the district attorney’s office was enrolled in three federal grant programs, which allocate more than $2 million total to the Manhattan office for its casework, though she stated that no grant money has been used to pay Trump investigation expenses.
The letter served as a response to the Republicans as they continue a tense back and forth with Bragg, whose office indicted Trump on Thursday in an unprecedented move that elicited nationwide reactions.
The three chairmen initially contacted Bragg when Trump first announced he expected to be arrested this month.