Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg agrees to testify before Congress following Trump Verdict

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg agrees to testify before Congress following Trump Verdict

(CNN) — Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg agreed Friday to testify before Congress as Republicans try to tarnish former President Donald Trump's conviction, but only after Trump is sentenced next month.

Bragg wrote Friday to GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the House Judiciary Committee chairman, offering to testify at a later date. His office had previously refused due to the current investigation against the former president.

Bragg's general counsel wrote that the Manhattan DA's office is eager to work with the committee to set a testimony date and “better understand the scope and the purpose of the proposed hearing.”

“This Office values voluntary cooperation. The letter states that collaboration includes making the District Attorney accessible to testify on behalf of the Office at an agreed-upon date and reviewing the merits of permitting an Assistant District Attorney to speak publicly regarding a current prosecution to which he is assigned.

On May 30, a Manhattan jury convicted Trump of 34 felony business record falsification counts. The first former US president indictment came from Democrat Bragg last year when he charged Trump.

Bragg accused Trump of misrepresenting Michael Cohen's reimbursement to hide up a $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about an alleged encounter with Trump before the 2016 election.

Jordan ordered Bragg and prosecutor Matthew Colangelo to appear on June 13 after Trump's guilty judgment.

CNN has contacted the DA and Jordan for further information.

Bragg's offer to testify is the latest move by House Republicans to defend Trump by attacking his legal opponents.

Jordan, House Oversight Chairman James Comer, and House Administration Chairman Bryan Steil wrote a letter last year ahead of the trial demanding for Bragg's testimony and characterizing his inquiry against the former president a “unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority.”

Jordan has investigated other Manhattan District Attorneys along with Bragg as Trump advocates tried to paint his criminal charges as politically motivated. Jordan subpoenaed former New York County Special Assistant District Attorney Mark Pomerantz last year to investigate Trump and his commercial empire and requested Colangelo's participation.

Republicans have also questioned Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis about whether she exploited federal funds in her state-level probe into Georgia's 2020 election overturn.

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