On Wednesday (April 12), New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) condemned House Republicans’ plan to hold a hearing in Manhattan on crime plaguing the Big Apple.
Next week, the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Republican Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), will convene in Manhattan to conduct a field hearing.
The hearing will center on Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s policies.
Bragg has come under scrutiny from the House GOP after announcing charges against former President Donald Trump last week.
The Committee’s schedule reveals the field heading will assess how Bragg’s “pro-crime, anti-victim policies” have increased violent crime and made Manhattan a dangerous community for New Yorkers.
During a Wednesday press conference about the New York City mayor appointing a new czar, Adams mocked the hearing.
Adams joked that he believed Republicans were coming to see him personally because they realized crime was “high” in their congressional districts and wanted to see him to see what New York City has done so successfully.
He added that he was “a little disappointed” that they’re coming to the city to complain about crime when their crime per capita “is through the roof.”
Adams continued that these Republicans touted “the open proliferation of guns” in their states, which he said was where the guns in New York and Chicago originated.
The New York City Mayor’s comments come as Bragg comes under fire from many on the right for indicting Trump on 34 felony charges of falsifying corporate records. Trump has pleaded not guilty and has continued to bash Bragg and the case, describing it as a politically motivated “witch hunt.”
Adams said he “really misunderstood” the House Republicans’ hearing when he first heard about it and said he had not been approached to attend.
However, he disregarded the significance of the hearing, claiming it was “just an extension” of Trump’s campaign and didn’t make sense.
Adams also took a dig at Trump, noting that the city was preparing for Trump to return with frequency.