Republicans are flipping the script on their defense of former President Donald, threatening to defund the prosecutor.
Republicans have been critical of progressive Democrats’ calls to “defund the police,” a movement that would shift funding away from traditional law enforcement and toward community services focusing on reducing crime rather than punishing.
The progressive slogan was easy for Republicans to weaponize, compelling President Joe Biden to distance himself from the movement by calling for more federal spending for police.
But now, as President Donald Trump is facing an indictment over allegations that he paid Stormy Daniels, an adult film star, $130,000 in hush money to prevent his 2016 Presidential campaign from being derailed, House Republicans want to pull federal funding to the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
More comprehensively, House Republicans want to weaken prosecutors who received campaign funding from liberal billionaire George Soros.
On Monday (March 20), Republican Representatives Jim Jordan (Ohio), James Comer (Kentucky), and Bryan Steil (Wisconsin) wrote to Bragg, revealing that as a result of the “politically motivated prosecution,” there would be “congressional scrutiny about how public safety funds appropriated by Congress are implemented by local law enforcement.”
The three lawmakers, who respectively chair the Judiciary, Oversight, and Administration committees, requested Bragg to appear before them to testify and hand over “all communications” between the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and local and federal law enforcement agencies.
The trio of GOP lawmakers also requested that Bragg provide communications his office had about using federal funds.
Monday’s letter also comes after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA.) vowed on Twitter that Lawmakers would probe whether federal dollars have been used “to subvert [U.S.] democracy” by using “politically motivated prosecutions” to interfere in elections.